As promised, some updates regarding Winnipeg ... if you ever come back you will find the city very changed since you were here. A partial list of a few highlights:
U of W (University of Winnipeg) has several new off-campus buildings - some in re-purposed buildings, some in new builds, including a new science complex, a new residence that even has apartments in it for families, new theatre studies building, and others (images: 2, 6).
There is a beautiful walkway (image: 5) along the downtown portion of the Assiniboine River and along lengthy portions of the Red River (mostly downtown), plus an extensive parkway alongside portions of the walkway.
New developments at The Forks as well, including a hotel, new gardens, and of course the Human Rights Museum (image: 3), the first national museum in Canada that is not located in Ottawa. It is a stunning building, a beautiful and thoughtfully-conceived museum, and it hosts multiple educational programs, conferences, and other human rights-related events throughout the year.
During some lovely evenings, my neighbour and I go out to a new Middle Eastern café (one of many many new ones). Winnipeg has welcomed many Syrian refugee families in the past few years, and many of them are very skilled in business, opening up successful restaurants, specialty chocolate manufacturing, a fabulous ice cream parlour, and others.
Local micro-breweries are also popping up all over Winnipeg, featuring locally-brewed small batch beers and other delights.
There are several new suburban developments now - most (but not all) in the southwest and northwest corners of the city. Every time I turn around, another neighborhood has been transformed (images below). I even get lost sometimes when I am out running errands because streets no longer lead where they used to...! At rush hours, we even get traffic jams now in some areas, believe it or not.
Can't think of anything else at the moment, but Winnipeg is definitely hopping.
Hope all is well with you and yours. All the best always,
The Guess Who:
A Winnipeg, Manitoba band that started in 1964, they became a hit with their popular numbers like, American Woman, Shakin' All Over, Laughing, These Eyes, Share The Land, Undone and others. Together with Bachman Turner Overdrive, Guess Who with Anne Murray, Paul Anka and Neil Young, Canada became the source of other pop groups, bands, and singers that started around the 60s. Even up till today, these top stars are active.
Coming from a religious and loving background Jane and her folks have always been family after her mum welcomed me to their home during Thanksgiving, a long time ago when I was in the country.
And to see the polar bears in their natural habitat you need to go up north to Churchill where you may find them in abundance still?
There's the other extreme. In the warm and cozy home and bouncing around like a red rubber ball was Santa Claus with a cause; he was always near the fire-place with loads of goodies to give away as the family gathered to welcome the Blessed days.
Thank you so much, Jane, for the update on one of the coldest cities in the world; but it's definitely the friendliest.
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