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Across the Esplanade Riel from downtown Winnipeg and The Forks is St. Boniface, Winnipeg’s French Quarter. This area has grown into a cultural centre for it is the largest French speaking population west of Quebec. You will see the St. Boniface Cathedral – Basilica. The original cathedral, built in 1908 was destroyed by fire in 1968. The remaining walls were incorporated into the design of the new church, creating a dramatic facade facing west across the Red River towards downtown Winnipeg. This is the resting place of Louis Riel, Métis leader and founder of the Province of Manitoba. You will then stand within the oldest building in Winnipeg and the largest oak log structure in North America, the St. Boniface Museum. The museum depicts the lives of the French and Métis people and was the former Grey Nuns Convent.