Winnipeg Arts Council

Self-Guided and Virtual Walks

The walk library is always open! Self-guided and virtual walks can be done at your leisure, alone or with friends or family.

  • An Urban Ecology Guide to Wolseley

    Strung between two of the most tree-populated parks in the Daniel Mac electoral ward, this walk goes through Wolseley – particularly along the interface of the neighbourhood and the Assiniboine River – paying attention to the ecosystem we’re part of here. As a field biology student/research assistant, my ecological interests have always been outside the city, but working from home in Wolseley during the pandemic turned my focus to urban species and interactions (especially us). This walk consolidates some of the most exciting elements of urban ecology I've found over the past year.

  • Art at the Heart of Higgins & Main: Celebrating Artwork by Indigenous Women

    This walk will take community members on a tour to visit a variety of murals designed by Indigenous women, to honour their contributions of adding colour and love to the surrounding area of Main and Higgins. This walk is being shared to celebrate a fraction of the many murals within the area, inviting folks to spend intentional time within this neighbourhood, which is often ignored or criticized, to celebrate its beauty and the members of the community. This walk will also coincide with a youth workshop we will develop as a part of our mentorship After School Learners program for youth of Studio 393, a satellite site of Graffiti Art Programming Inc.

  • Assiniboine Avenue Stories

    By hannah_g

    Winnipeg has been my home for over a decade and there are a few places that have become very familiar to me. Assiniboine Avenue is one of them. For years I have walked and biked along this street observing its rhythms and the people who live and work here. I’m going to tell you about some of them and also about some of things I wish were here. I created the stories in Winnipeg, Treaty 1 Territory which is on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene Peoples and the homeland of the Métis Nation. These Indigenous Nations and Peoples have been here and continue to be here caring for this land, land which has nourished stories for millennia. I hope you enjoy these ones.

  • Assiniboine River Mudlark Walk

    This walk takes you down to the riverbank on the north part of the Assiniboine River in Wolseley. It begins under the railway bridge at Omands Creek Park and proceeds east along the riverbank until about where the Aubrey Street pipeline bridge crosses the river. Stop wherever there is potential to find interesting objects in or on the riverbank.

  • Euclid Avenue Tour

    By Stephanie Chalmers

    Just a quick little walk down Euclid Avenue to a few of our favourite places.

  • Explore Winnipeg Bakeries by Bike by (@jenandvita)

    Exploring bakeries by bike is a fun way to see the city from a different perspective, both to get motivated to exercise and also for a closer view of the city than you would get in a car. The uniqueness of city blocks stands out on your bike in a way that goes unnoticed when you drive by. It is a way to really notice the people, the murals, the front yard gardens, the signs in windows supporting essential workers, unique signage on businesses, etc... It's a great way to connect with the city we live in. It also a fun way of supporting the local food industry which is so important in this pandemic year.

  • Family tour of Osborne Village!

    Welcome to Osborne Village! It’s the coolest neighbourhood in Winnipeg. Look around and you’ll see colourful people, cute pets and neat boutiques. It also has some of the city's most eclectic architecture. I love the area so much that I drew a cartoon map of Osborne Village for the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation. It comes with kid-friendly descriptions of my favourite buildings, along with fun facts and questions. Check out the map and print a copy. Now fuel up at a local cafe and restaurant, and discover the architectural wonders of Osborne Village!

  • Future South Royalwood AT Loop

    By Dave Watson

    This 2.5-kilometre future gravel road loop is found in South Royalwood, Royalwood’s country cousin. This is a community in transition, a teenager with no clear self-identity as of yet. Executive homes awkwardly mix with abandoned farmhouses. For Sale signs are everywhere, siren calls to beckon passing developers and real estate investors. Turkey vultures and raptors circle overhead in rising summer updrafts. Abandoned to their future fate potholes abound on the soon to be demolished City gravel roads. Midnight dumpers leave morning surprises in ditches. The wind blows through trembling aspen leaves. Kayaks glide beneath you as you stand on a new $1M bridge. In ten years, this area will be entirely changed. Much of what you see today will be gone. Some of the bridges and streets you see on this map have not been built yet. They have already been approved in the City’s Precinct K area structure plan. Exercise care when crossing the unofficially opened Provincial Aimes Road bridge. The new road connecting Aimes Road in St. Vital to Creek Bend Road in St. Norbert/Seine River is slated to be completed by Fall 2021. Map creator Dave Watson is a local resident and one-time environmentalist.

  • Lyndale Drive River Walk

    This walk follows a curve in the Red River along Lyndale Drive. There are lots of interesting houses to admire, quiet streets and the bustling urban arteries of St. Mary's Road and Marion. A popular route among dogwalkers, runners and families!

  • North Point Douglas Mural Scavenger Hunt

    Find the murals designed by Cree/Saulteaux artist, Annie Beach on Graffiti Art Programming's North Point Douglas Mural Scavenger Hunt! Community members are encouraged to get outside and while on a walk, be on the lookout for 10 different animals native to these territories, with the animal names translated into Cree to encourage revitalization of Indigenous languages.

  • North/East Kildonan 5km Walk - Pokemon GO

    By Holly P.

    This walk is about 5 km, with 1.3 km along the Northeast Pioneers Greenway, mainly on pavement. Shortcuts through the neighbourhood are available if you need to shorten your walk, just be mindful of the golf course which cuts many streets short. This walk consists of approximately 12 Pokemon GO Gyms and 10 Stops, with an additional 3 Gyms and 12 Stops if you're willing leave the route for a block or two. Most of them are along Kimberly and Gateway/Raleigh. This walk passes 3 excellent parks - Glen McWhinney, Anderson, and McLeod, with the potential to go off the path to also visit Neil Campbell School/Centennial Park, Melrose, and Corinne.

  • Northeast Exchange District Public Realm

    The walk will highlight new and recent things developed in the northeast Exchange including public art, pocket parks, unique spaces and historic interpretation. It will introduce people to an exciting, contextual and active urban public realm that is lively and happening in all seasons.

  • Open Streets / Neighbourhood Greenway #love30 loop

    I'm passionate about making our streets safer for walking and riding a bike. I helped create this family-friendly bike route! SafeSpeedsWPG is a grassroots initiative to engage citizens about the impact of vehicle speed on people and Winnipeg neighbourhoods. We uphold mobility as a human right - in all the ways people move within our city. We value the safety of all Winnipeg’s residents. We are urging the City of Winnipeg to amend the Speed Limit By-law to enforce a default speed of 30 km/hr in all Winnipeg neighbourhoods.

  • Three River Run/Walk

    By Andrew McLaren

    As the race director for the Pride Run - I wanted to develop a walking/running course that shows off the trails in the centre of the City. I developed this course that crosses the Assiniboine, Red and Seine rivers. It also takes in The Forks, Taché promenade, Whittier Park and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. I live in the Exchange District and I love that I can run trails along all three rivers in Winnipeg within a 10km loop of my home.

  • West Broadway Spooky History Walk

    By Robert Shaw

    Follow along as West Broadway resident Robert Shaw shares neighbourhood histories and ghost stories... Learn about haunted bathtubs, turrets and musical dolls. Thank you to the West Broadway BIZ, Hildegard’s Bakery, Manitoba Historical Society, West End Dumplings, and the Winnipeg Public Library!

  • West End Whimsies

    As someone who lives car-free, walking is one of my main modes of transportation. In my first few years in Winnipeg, I walked everywhere! One of my favourite routes going to work is Sargent Ave. I love Sargent Avenue because of so many interesting things to see. When curiosity got me, I started researching them online and learned about the interesting stories behind these spots. This walk features my favourite murals, buildings, and everything in between.

  • Bannatyne Campus Walk

    By University of Manitoba's Office of Sustainability
    Friday, May 1, 2020

    This tour explores the history of the University of Manitoba Bannatyne campus and Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg (HSC) and its relationship to the community through its buildings, campus design and sustainability features. This walk will feature Jacob Penner Park, Central Energy Plant and the Medicine Garden for Indigenous Learning.

  • Fort Garry Campus Walk

    By University of Manitoba's Office of Sustainability
    Friday, May 1, 2020

    This walk explores sustainability topics such as Energy, Transportation, Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainability Education, Health & Well-being, and Indigenous connection to this land on the University of Manitoba Fort Garry campus. This walk will feature the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, the campus Re-Shop, UMCycle and Migizii Agamik.

  • West Broadway self-guided art walk

    By Rob Shaw
    Friday, May 8, 2020

    This Jane's Walk comes from West Broadway resident and walk enthusiast Rob Shaw, who loves to share his love for Winnipeg by creating and leading tours of all of the hidden and unique parts of our city. West Broadway is a community rich in diversity, culture, and people. This self-guided, socially-distanced walk will give you a new insight into this vibrant, inner-city neighbourhood while discovering some of its beautiful public art.

  • Winnipeg’s public art and architecture

    By Sarah Hodges-Kolisnyk
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    The final virtual Jane's Walk of 2020 was created by Sarah Hodges-Kolisnyk, a photographer and art educator who is passionate about making art accessible and engaging to everyone. Sarah has taught creative photography techniques for over 10 years, delivers public art tours in Winnipeg, and is continuing to learn about diversifying the viewer experience while pursuing her Master's Degree in Cultural Studies. This tour was designed to introduce key art concepts and give you critical tools to form a personal response to the artworks.