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The West End is an urban residential area in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It borders Assiniboine River in the south and is comprised of nine neighbourhoods, St. Matthews, Spence, Sargent Park, West Broadway, Wolseley, Colony, Minto, Armstrong’s Point, and Daniel McIntyre. Home to over 45,000 people, West End is a diverse and bustling community in Manitoba’s capital. From where to eat to what to do, check out this unofficial neighbourhood guide to West End, Winnipeg.

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The West End Cultural Centre Established in 1987, the West End Cultural Centre is a venue that attracts over 30,000 people each year. They host various events, ranging from concerts to community dinners to craft workshops, and is an integral part of the West End community. Omand’s Creek and Park A popular spot amongst locals, the Omand Creek runs through Winnipeg and is an important habitat for fish and other wildlife. Head to the park for some fishing, go on a hike down the Omand’s Creek Greenway Trail, or just relax in the grass. Valour Road Valour Road is a street in the West End where three different Victoria Cross recipients lived. Originally called Pine Street, it was renamed Valour Road (pictured above) in 1925 to recognize the men who lived here and served in World War I. There is a memorial for these three men, Leo Clarke, Frederick William Hall, and Robert Shankland, at the corner of Sargent Avenue and Valour Road. It is an excellent place to learn about the town’s history, as well as Canadian history more broadly. Canadian Museum for Human Rights This national museum in Winnipeg is a must-see for all West End residents. Though you’ll have to make a trip downtown, it will be well worth it. The museum houses an extensive collection of artifacts and has many exhibitions, teaching visitors about human rights issues ranging from Rebellion & Confederation to to Empowering Women to Freedom of Expression in Latin America.

Parks


The West End is home to several beautiful parks, some of which are designated urban city parks, and others are natural and wildlife reserves. Westview Park is an off-leash dog park that offers particularly great tobogganing conditions in winter. Meanwhile Omand Park (pictured above) and Bluestem Nature Park provide a wonderful space to get in touch with nature. The Bluestem Nature Park has many native prairie grasses and wildflowers, as well as animals like frogs and monarch butterflies.

Shopping


Known for its shopping, you won’t have to go far to get your shop on in the West End. The area is home to two shopping centers, CF Polo Park and Portage Place Shopping Centre, and several vintage stores like The Closet Chick. In addition, Winnipeg Square Shopping Mall is only a short distance away in downtown Winnipeg.

Head to The Market


The West End is brimming with farmers’ markets. If you love buying fresh produce and shopping local, then you won’t be able to get enough of the markets that abound in this region of Winnipeg. In the West End alone there are three farmer’s markets: The Wolseley Farmers’ Market, The West End Community Market, and The West Broadway Farmers’ Mark