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.
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.
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).
The name pretty much says it all.
I’ve posted photos of this view a few times over the years now, but why not? It’s one of my favorite views of the city. If you squint your eyes a bit, this could almost pass for Vancouver. Okay, Vancouver in the early 70s, but still Vancouver.
Strange, beautiful building, pretty much in the middle of nowhere (Avenue De L’Èglise, in St. Norbert). This was at one time a branch of the Hochelaga Bank, (Banque d’Hochelaga) and has since been converted to residential.
I’ve photographed these guys before, but I get such a kick out them, I thought I’d make a return visit. For the uninitiated, these can be found at Le Market on Des Meurons. The heads live beside the shop (the back of which is pictured in the bottom photo).
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.
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.