6 Downtown Winnipeg locations you must visit for capturing great photographs
Winnipeg is well-known around the world as the home of the Winnipeg Jets, the city's NHL club, but it is also known nationally for its vibrant arts and culture scene. What is less known is that Winnipeg, especially in the downtown, has many amazing architectural, art and landscape photography locations and I wanted to share them with you.
1. The Forks
The Forks is Winnipeg’s main tourist destination, where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet, and is in abundance of options for photo opportunities. This National Historic Site offers a vibrant mix of history, green space, shopping, dining, and entertainment and is perfect for architecture, landscape and art photography. During the summer, hike along the river walk or take a guided boat tour, rent a canoe, or take a waterbus to see Winnipeg from the water. Then, go inside The Forks Market to photograph the historical buildings-maintained architecture, tourists and Winnipeggers enjoying local food and beverages.
2. St. Boniface Cathedral
Across the river from the Forks is St. Boniface Cathedral. This beautiful historical site is a go to location for Winnipeg wedding photographs. It is an important structure in Winnipeg, serving the eastern part of Manitoba province as well as the local Franco-Manitoban community. It is the main church in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Boniface.
3. Provencher Bridge and The Human Rights Museum
The Provencher Bridge sits at the end of the Forks next to the Human Rights Museum and close to St. Boniface Cathedral, and links downtown Winnipeg and St. Boniface. The Provencher Bridge is a perfect location for landscape photographers in Winnipeg.
4. The Manitoba Legislature Building
The Manitoba Legislature building is a popular indoor and outdoor location for photographers and is a prime wedding photography location. Inside they have a massive stairwell, long, narrow corridors, and a colourful sunlight in the ceiling that allows light to filter through slightly.
Outside is popular, with a fountain on the south side of the building and nice green lawns with trees surrounding it.
5. The Exchange District
The Exchange District is a Winnipeg Historical Site that now thrives as one of the city's commercial and cultural hubs. It has an outstanding collection of heritage buildings dating from 1880 to 1920. The Exchange, also known as the "Chicago of the North," is home to more than 150 immaculate heritage buildings spread across 20 square blocks.
6. Stephen Juba Park - Waterfront Drive
This Park is one of those gems in downtown Winnipeg and my go to for engagement and wedding photography in the spring, summer, and fall, with a quaint little bridge, river shots and beautiful flora.
Other popular downtown locations for photography include:
- The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG)
- The Manitoba Museum
Life moves too quickly. We can't stop time, but we can capture the moments that fill our hearts and tell our stories through photos. I am a Winnipeg photographer who specializes in family photography and pet photography, who assists families in documenting their stories and capturing some of life's most memorable moments.