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St. Boniface, Point Douglas, and (West) Kildonan were perhaps the three most important settlement areas during the early Red River Settlement period, and offer many of the remaining examples of historic locations and architecture from the time. Although their histories are deeply intertwined, each area had its own ethnic, cultural and political dynamics, and the people of each shaped the development of early Winnipeg in distinct ways.
Curator of Seven Oaks House Museum, Eric Napier Strong, is our guide for the Pedal into History – Ride the Red tour. Drawing on his deep historical expertise, Eric will share Winnipeg’s early history with us as we follow one of the city’s most scenic rides along the Red River. The tour will help you better understand
Early European (French/Scottish/English) settlement
Indigenous/settle/Metis cultural exchanges and interactions
The importance of the Red River and the effects of the of flooding (particularly 1825 & 1852) on early historic sites
Fur trade associated political struggles and the Pemmican War waged between the North-West Company and the Hudson’s Bay Company
The political birth of Manitoba
The evolution of Red River style architecture/construction
The Pedal into History – Ride the Red tour starts at Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum (494 Tache Ave) and runs for about 2 hours, ending at Seven Oaks House Museum (50 Mac Street) for a tour of the museum along with some coffee and snacks. You can choose to leave directly from the museum or join Bike Winnipeg’s ride marshals in a group ride back to Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum if you prefer.