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I was quite relieved when I heard the announcement that my neighborhood grocery store (the former Safeway at Main and Luxton) had been purchased by Co-Op, rather than having its doors closed as a grocer. When I moved into the neighborhood only four short years ago, I had two grocery stores within a 2-minute walk—Safeway and the now defunct Extra Foods. To lose both would have been devastating. So what if the building looks a little sad and the produce is suspect? I’m still thrilled it exists.

 

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Last batch of photos from Prairie 360. The night I visited (back in mid-July), I lucked out and got a pretty interesting sunset, which painted the westerly view with vivid colors and made the Hydro Building look even sexier than usual. But with its bland mid-rises and plentiful surface lots, the southwesterly view (towards Osborne Village) was somewhat less inspiring.

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More Prairie 360 shots. Built in 1987, the revolving restaurant is somewhat of a curious, tacky structure, that was clearly meant to complement the Fort Garry Hotel, but just ends up feeling like a relic of 1980s post-modernism. But nobody goes there for the architecture (or the food, for that matter). It’s all about the view.

The view of the downtown skyline is decent (ie, the cluster of buildings at Portage and Main), but it’s definitely not the highlight; many of the area’s surface parking lots and nondescript mid-rises mar the view. And he viewing angle towards Portage and Main isn’t that great to begin with—201 Portage is barely visible, making the corner’s four skyscrapers look decidedly less impressive. It’s really the smaller details that make the view from Prairie 360 impressive. In particular, it’s a real treat to see The Fort Garry Hotel from above.

And of course there’s the star of the show (the biggest difference between the current incarnation of the revolving restaurant and the former one): The Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Without a proper viewing tower at The Forks (the current one stinks, and does not offer a good view of the museum), Prairie 360 is the very best place to soak in views of the museum. This alone makes it worth the trip.

  • sid

    looks like the amputated foot of a reptillian DesepticonReplyCancel

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I finally got a chance to check out Prairie 360, the new incarnation of downtown Winnipeg’s revolving restaurant. And of course, I was sure to bring my camera. While I’d say the food was okay (not great—just okay), the view is the real star of the show (no surprise there). Great views of the CMHR, Esplanad Riel, The Forks, St. Boniface, and parts of downtown.

Here’s the first batch of photos from the evening. From the top: A look the fork in the road between St. Mary’s Road and Marion Street; 21 Mayfair Place with the Donald Street bridge in front of it; the cluster of buildings at Donald and Stradbrook; and finally, a look at the St. Boniface Hospital and where the Red and Assoniboine Rivers meet (ie, the forks).

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It’s only a matter of time before the old water slides at Skinner’s get torn down (frankly, I’m amazed it hasn’t happened already). It’s a real shame what’s become of this place; I had lots of fun summer days here back in the 80s. Of course, there’s still the Skinner’s restaurant, “home of the world famous hot dog,” so all is not lost.

  • That was a lot of fun when I went there my family when I was younger in the 80′s.ReplyCancel

    • Bryan Scott

      Me too. Sad what’s become of it.ReplyCancel

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One last batch of Canada Day photos. Things just kept on getting prettier as the sun set and the city lights revealed themselves. From the top: The CMHR was looking pretty slick with its tower lit up in Canada Day Red; the fireworks, as always, were fantastic (although every time I try to photograph fireworks I’m frustrated with the results); a close-up view of the signage at the top of the Inn at the Forks; a look at some of the highrises on the opposite side of Main Street; the Children’s museum and the new(ish) Buhler Welcome Centre; and finally, one last shot of the CMHR, along with the skyline and the Canada Day crowds.

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Here’s the first of a series of posts of photos from this past Canada Day. From the top: A couple of photos of the CMHR and the skyline. Note that in the second of these photos I used a neutral density filter, which allowed me to slow down my exposure to achieve a motion blur of the mob of people. Over the next few days, I’ll have lots of photos of this CMHR view as the light changed over the late afternoon and evening, as well as a couple of fireworks shots and other miscellaneous shots.

Rounding out this post: The Hotel Fort Garry (Broadway Avenue); The Nutty Club Buildings (Westrbrook Street); and a look at some of the Osborne Village highrises, with new construction on Assiniboine in the foreground.

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A look at Notre Dame Avenue—an eclectic street that has some really interesting stretches, not to mention one of the best views of the skyline (the top two photos were taken from around Balmoral Street). Meanwhile, the street is dotted with small business such as Tawagin Pawn Shop. Finally, some of Winnipeg’s best buildings are clustered on Note Dame near Portage Avenue, such as the gorgeous Lindsay Building.

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A look at the Marion Hotel, along with the accompanying vendor. Check out the awesome spelling of hear as in Get beer hear in the last photo. By the way, if you haven’t tried out the new restaurant in the hotel, The Marion Street Eatery, it’s definitely worth checking out. A really great little brunch spot.

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A couple of interesting structures in St. Boniface. First, Springs Christian Academy (Formerly King George V School, Youville Street, built 1915). Next, Holy Family Church (Archibald Street, built 1965), one of Etienne Gaboury’s less impressive Winnipeg buildings. In Gaboury’s defense, it looks like some unfortunate changes have been made to the building at some point over the last few years.

  • Imposing-looking structure magnified by the angles you took for the school pics. Nice.

    Yeah, even the original Holy Family design kind of looks like it was made out of cardboard boxes on a lazy summer day…ReplyCancel