Enjoying Canada’s French Quarter ~ St. Boniface for Paris in July 2012 ~

a month long meme on all things French

Here’s the invite from Karen at Book Bath ~
There will be no rules or targets in terms of how much you need to do 
or complete in order to be a part of Paris in July – 
just blog about anything French and you can join in. ..

– Reading a French book – fiction or non-fiction
– Watching a French movie
– Listening to French music
– Cooking French food
– Experiencing French art, architecture or travel
(or remembering travel experiences)

– Or anything else French inspired you can think of…

in light of this Welcome inclusivity, 
I am posting some French travel inspiration ~
St. Boniface,
the French quarter of Canada’s heart & centre, Winnipeg

 St. Bonifacehome to the largest French speaking community
in Western Canada, was f
ounded in 1818 
by Bishop Joseph Norbert Provencher
as the first Roman Catholic mission in the west.
French-neighborhood is within walking distance 
of downtown Winnipeg and The Forks 

via the 
Esplanade Riel, a pedestrian bridge,
spanning the Red River from St. Boniface to downtown Winnipeg.
Provencher Boulevard runs parallel.

In the heart of Old St. Boniface 

La Maison Gabrielle-Royrestored as a museum,
located on Rue Deschambault

which gave name to renowned Canadian author 

Largely autobiographical, it traces the growth and development of a young girl into an accomplished writer. Like much of Roy’s fiction, it includes a very autobiographical style and weaves vignettes into a tapestry of the specific time and place. The book covers themes including the social divide between the French Canadian and English Canadian communities in what were the twin cities of St. Boniface and Winnipeg, Manitoba, European immigration to the Canadian prairies, family dynamics and racial integration.

As Rue Deschambault

the novel was first published in the original French by Beauchemin in 1955. 

An English translation by Harry L. Binsse, Street of Riches
was published by McClelland and Stewart in 1957.” Source

Numerous other works include short story collections set in Manitoba~ 
La Petite Poule d’eau 
{1950; translated Where Nests the Water Hen}
La Route d’Altamont 
{1966; translated The Road Past Altamont}
Un Jardin au bout du monde 
{1975; translated Garden in the Wind}
 Ces Enfants de ma vie 
{1977; translated Children of My Heart}
You can begin a walking tour of St. Boniface
guided by the words of this 
great author.

More famous sites of this historic neighbourhood
include the remains of St. Boniface Cathedrale

College universitaire de Saint-Boniface

St . Boniface City Hall

St. Boniface Museum

                  Originally built for the Grey Nuns , 
                 this is the oldest building in Winnipeg                
and the
largest oak log structure in North America.
{ courtesy of Factoids published by destinationWinnipeg }

or hike the St. Boniface Trail along the Seine River
“It is an ecological jewel and extends through St. Vital and St. Boniface
with more than 52 km of shoreline,
over 20 publicly accessible parks and 12 hours of paddling.
The St. Boniface Trail is a worthy gateway to the Seine River Greenway… 
many large and small turtles, a variety of fish,
the whole spectrum of birds including a healthy king fisher population
and lots of dragonflies and butterflies.
Native flora and fauna are thriving here.”

and if you’re driving?knowing a few rules of the road will come in handy!

Enjoy the latest edition of the 
for more French sites to enrich and inform about 
 Manitoba’s Francophone communities in the City of Winnipeg
St. Boniface, St. Vital, and St. Norbert, 
and bilingual communities in the south of the province of
Manitoba, Canada.
Beinvenue !

5 thoughts on “Enjoying Canada’s French Quarter ~ St. Boniface for Paris in July 2012 ~

  1. I don't know how I missed this one! Loved the tour!

    By the way, did you get a chance to see my post on the 25th? I nominated you for the “Sisterhood of the World Blogger's Award”…hope you get a chance to check it out!

  2. Hubby and I just watched the movie Midnight in Paris the other evening. That was fun!

    And I'm wearing some fragrance from Provence.

    And I've been playing a CD with some light French cafe music.

    We must be on the same wavelength!

    Enjoyed your lovely posting and all those wonderful photos.

  3. You got a really useful blog. I have been here reading for about an hour. I am a newbie and your success is very much an inspiration for me.

  4. Ty for touring w/ me , Terra!
    you do still have time to add a French inspired contribution for the meme if you're avlbl 🙂 right up until 7/31 !
    plus reading all the other posted and linked French variations…

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