Winnipeg is in the center of the continent, for those who didn’t know. It is also fairly close to the US border on the south. Going for a trip in Manitoba mostly will mean going north.

Spillway

North is the Interlake region, between Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg. Since lake Manitoba is currently overflowing, we thought it a better idea to go a little east. The views on that side of the lakes can be breathtaking. Take a look inside…

In 1892, Monsignor Ritchot, parish priest of St Norbert and Archbishop Taché of St Boniface invited five Cistercians of the Trappist order from the Abbey of Bellefontaine, France, to establish a monastery here.

Ruins of St Norbert Monastery

The Trappists were an independent branch of the Cistercian Order which began in Normandy after 1664.

More inside…

All comes to them who know to wait… Spring likes to make itself waited for. I know that this is not the right expression, but it really fits here in Winnipeg. Once winter is over, spring is still far away.

Assiniboine Forest

Then, when spring arrives, you have the impression that it will be a wonderful long and warm season. Ehm, not so. Spring as well as fall are pretty short here, unless you count the bare cold periods as spring or fall.

Or should I say “Choo-choo!” ? Winnipeg was “created” in the last decades of the 19th century. At the centre of the continent one could not have dreamed of a better place to create the hub of all railway traffic of the continent.

Countess of Dufferin, 1872

Or should I say of the world? In Europe, the different countries all had different rules and regulations to pass freight and passengers, no unity there. Could it be better in Canada?

The Forks in Winnipeg is a place where people have met for hundreds of years. That’s the impression you get when you walk there the first time. Being an old train yard you don’t expect the place to be much older than a 150 years.

The Forks, Winnipeg

But then you look a bit closer and you get the idea that the place has been used for centuries. Archaeological finds show that the place has known habitation for at least six thousand years.