Historic Walking Tours


The Exchange District is a National Historic Site of Canada

The Exchange District is home to the largest inventory of heritage buildings in North America, built between 1880 and 1920.

Steeped in history, the Exchange District holds Winnipeg’s deepest and darkest secrets. On our guided walking tours, knowledgeable and dynamic tour guides examine legends of power, corruption and heroism all while you enjoy an exceptional collection of architecture. A must-see for visitors and locals!

Tours run from May 9th to August 31, 2016.

Call the Exchange District BIZ at 204-942-6716 to book your tour today!

Main Tours

Tour Length: 1.5 hours
Cost: $10 per person

East Exchange

The East Exchange walking tour highlights the history and architecture on the east side of Main Street.

Turn of the twentieth century banks, the Grain Exchange Building and newly-developed Waterfront Drive are just some of the exciting stops on the East Tour.

Visit Hell’s Alley and learn how the Winnipeg General Strike shaped the labour movement in Canada for generations to come.

West Exchange

The West Exchange walking tour highlights the history and architecture on the west side of Main Street.

Learn about Newspaper Row, turn of the twentieth century hotels, and one of the earliest car dealerships in Western Canada and much more!

Explore Red River College’s award-winning Duff Roblin Campus and Paterson GlobalFoods Institute with two interior stops that showcase both heritage and innovative green building designs.

Theme Tours

Tour Length: 45 minutes
Cost: $8 per person

Death and Debauchery

Explore the dark secrets of the city that was once known as “The Wickedest City in the Dominion.”

Dynamic angry mobs, prostitutes on horseback and executions were all part of Winnipeg’s seediest beginnings.

Newspaper Row

The corner of Albert Street and McDermot Avenue was once known as Newspaper Row.

Stories of intense, unfriendly competition between Winnipeg’s early newspapers makes for a fascinating tour.

Theatre District

Winnipeg’s vibrant arts scene dates back to the turn-of-the-twentieth century.

Explore unique theatres such as Cinematheque, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and a full interior stop of the historic Pantages Playhouse Theatre (Pantages stop dependent on availability).

Winnipeg General Strike

The Winnipeg General Strike was the longest and most violent labour conflict in North America.

Learn about the plight of the strikers, from the citywide halt of production to the tragic events of Bloody Saturday.

Planning a Group Activity?

Every year, school groups, local organizations, conference attendees and many others explore the Exchange District through our guided walking tours. Take advantage of our reduced rates for groups of 10 or more. Contact the Exchange District BIZ to arrange a tour at a time that is convenient for your group. Customized content from any of our tour options is available.