Winnipeg Love Hate » Daily photos from Winnipeg, the most beautiful, most repulsive city in the world through the photography of Bryan Scott.

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I’ve posted a few shots from this angle before, but never one in the early morning light. No matter what the light, this will always be one of my favorite buildings in the city.

  • Love that light! Nice with the angle.ReplyCancel

  • Nice angles – love the morning light – I just passed by it tonight in my rental car. Your photography is very raw and urban. Looking forward to looking at more of your visuals. I like that you and your wife became a tourist in your own city. I want to do that in Vancouver by grabbing a copy of, say, Lonely Planet, and following all of their budget recommendations for 48 hours. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Devinder Singh

    Nice picture. I think it would be even better if you brushed out the lamp post shadow in the foreground.ReplyCancel


One of a few mid-century parkades* in downtown Winnipeg. I wonder how long before chunks of concrete fall off this one.

*I still can’t believe parkade isn’t a recognized word in pretty much every dictionary. Legend has it that The Bay in downtown Winnipeg was the first business to use the term. I’ve been unable to confirm if this is truth or not.


While having some work done at home that required being out of the house for 24 hours, my wife and I decided to have some fun with the situation. So together with our daughter, we booked a room at The Fairmont. You only live once right?

Feeling like a tourist in my own town, I must say it was a surreal experience. The new perspective on Portage and Main really drove home the dichotomy of the famous intersection: the hustle and bustle of Downtown life—the constant hum of traffic, sirens, random human noises— intertwined with the dehumanizing, lifeless concrete barriers that have been keeping people away for over 30 years. So while it was excitng to spend a night amongst the skyscrapers, our Portage and Main staycation was a sobering, humbling experience.

  • Brian Ferguson

    great restaurant actually!ReplyCancel

  • Nifty shots, Bryan! I like them. By the perspective, I figured it must be from the Fairmont. Living large!ReplyCancel


Yes. This exists. Gangnam Style Sushi is real (Selkirk Avenue). Also real: German Canadian Home (Charles Street) and Gunn’s Bakery (Selkirk Avenue).

  • These are good; however, I would play around more with the contrast, lightness, darkness, and saturation. Do you have Lightroom?ReplyCancel

  • I particularly like the glowy moodiness of the Gunn’s Bakery shot. Interesting contrast between the decadent cakes and the starkness and somewhat shabbiness of its surroundings.ReplyCancel


Some Portage Avenue photos, ranging from Young Street to Burnell Street. From the top: Foodfare (expect the best); the corner of Portage and Young, where the Sound Exchange somehow survives; the Cash Money/Russian Deli, beside the now sign-less National Typewriter Building; Eben Convenience; and finally, the relatively new coffee house/pub/music venue, The Good Will—a fantastic addition to this stretch of Portage Avenue, despite its confusing name and near-invisible signage.

  • I’ve driven by and wondered about The Good Will. You do realize I’m pretty much counting on you to keep me informed about any new Winnipeg stuff…ReplyCancel

  • Good subject matter. You might want to avoid situations involving cars. Try also different angles.ReplyCancel

    • Bryan Scott

      Thanks for the tips. Although I couldn’t disagree more about the cars part.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    Picture #4 is where the Royal Winnipeg Ballet used to train, second storey Portage Street!ReplyCancel


Here are some shots from Notre Dame Avenue,. From the top: The Balmoral Hotel (technically on Balmoral Street); the iconic Roy’s Florist, Aloha Beauty Supplies, Jeanne”s Bakery, makers of Jeanne’s Cake—the ultimate Winnipeg-centric love-it or hate-it food; and finally, the oddly situated River Heights Auto.

  • Nice nighttime shots. Go back to the “Lest We Forget” shot and retake it, revealing more of the neon.

    River Heights has the right amount of light.

    For your night pictures, try HDR, preferably at twilight.ReplyCancel

    • Bryan Scott

      Starting to think you’re just posting comments as click bait. If not, I apologize.

      Regarding HDR: I used to use it a lot, but with improved dynamic range of modern day sensors, I no longer find it necessary. I no longer find it particularly attractive, either.ReplyCancel


Here’s a shot of the Research Centre at St. Boniface Hospital, in front of one of my most hated strip malls in the city. Could there be a worse “welcome to to St. Boniface” than this shitty, dated strip mall (which is at Marion right where it splits from St. Mary’s)? Think about how much cooler this stretch of Marion would be—not to mention better connected with Downtown—if the businesses in this strip mall were built up to the curb. This would likely be a go-to neighborhood, and better complement the french-quarter vibe that St. Boniface has been pining for for years.


Some Main Street shots from the Luxton area (and one from St. John’s). From the top: Video Cellar, Love Nest, Super Sudzer’s, the freshly-repainted Guess Who mural, Royal Canadian Legion, and a couple of generic, empty-looking buildings on the east side of Main.

  • Mark Simkins

    Love the Love Nest in particular, love the urban documentation period.ReplyCancel

  • M

    I was so surprised to see Video Cellar in operation when I was on a visit in Winnipeg this fall. Like torrents haven’t been discoveredReplyCancel

    • Bryan Scott

      Now that there’s somewhat of a crackdown on illegal downloading, I do wonder if the video store will make somewhat of a comeback. Not like it was in the 80s and 90s or anything, complete with big-box video stores——but mom and pop shops like this one.ReplyCancel