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Tour Winnipeg, the wonderful city of trees! This tour includes the Forks National Historic Site, Winnipeg’s historical “meeting place”, with its unique outdoor historic sites and indoor market of shops, cafes, and restaurants. Across the Esplanade Riel, you will visit Winnipeg’s French Quarter (St. Boniface) and the beautiful St. Boniface Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in Western Canada. The cathedral’s cemetery features the grave of Louis Riel, the famous Métis leader and founder of Manitoba.
You will tour through the Exchange District, with its exceptional collection of terra cotta and cut stone architecture. It was the late 1800’s, Winnipeg was booking, buildings were sprouting up like prairie weeds, and the city boasted more millionaires per capita than New York City. Often used as a backdrop for Hollywood movie sets during turn of the last century. the historic Exchange District is filled with some of the finest examples of the “Chicago school of architecture”.
Next, you will hear the story of Sir William Stephenson, Winnipeg’s WWII famous “Intrepid”. Some people believe he is the real life inspiration behind Ian Fleming’s James Bond character. Following this story, you will explore and discover the Manitoba Legislative Building with a Hermetic Code Tour.
The Hermetic Code Tour is part of the Signature Experience Collection through the Canadian Tourism Commission. You will learn the hidden meanings behind the architecture including sphinxes, hieroglyphics, numerological codes, and Masonic Symbols. Through the Hermetic Code Tour you will uncover the hidden meaning locked within the walls.