21.06.2017 - 21.06.2017
We spent a week in Winnipeg visiting family, the legislature building, the zoo (to see the incredible polar bear swim around while you stand in a glass tunnel), The Forks, Canadian Museum on Human Rights, Gimli Beach on Lake Winnipeg and several walks along the Red River. The weather was great although windy at times.
The Forks is a meeting and green space in downtown Winnipeg. The name relates to where the Red River and the Assiniboine River meet. There was music playing in several areas of The Forks, and we enjoyed meals at a couple of restaurants there (Smith at the Inn at the Forks, and Muddy Waters Smokehouse & BBQ). We walked along the Red Riverwalk from the legislature building to The Forks and back. We walked over 15,000 steps that day, but it was an enjoyable walk along the river.
The Canadian Museum of Human Rights besides being in a unique architectural building, shares the importance of Human Rights. There is a spectacular view of Winnipeg from the top and I would recommend first taking the elevator to the top and walking down the various levels. Cost for two seniors was $26, and we both felt it was worth the money. We spent two hours there and we definitely could have spent more time.
We found it interesting that in Winnipeg, Louis Riel is honored as the founding father of Manitoba and there is a statue honoring him on the legislature grounds. Whereas when we were in Saskatchewan he is cast as the 1885 rebellions leader along with Metis and the First Nations and he was hung for treason.
In Saskatchewan we learned the fate of Mistahimaskwa (Big Bear) who gave himself up and was also tried for treason. He was sentenced to three years in Stoney Mountain Penitentiary. He was released in 1887, but died less than a year later. What was of particular interest to us was receiving a copy of a copy of a letter dated June 2, 1885 that my deceased uncle had in a folder about the rebellion. It was sent to Big Bear demanding he turn himself in "If you do not. I shall pursue, and destroy you, and your band, or drive you into the woods to starve".