December 25, 2012: Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge (left), Canadian Museum for Human Rights (middle), Fort Garry Hotel (right).
Downtown Winnipeg cityscape has three iconic landmarks: Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge (Provencher Bridge), Fort Garry Hotel, and the latest addition the stylized Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Tower of Hope). Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge is named in honor of Louis Riel, the founder of Province Manitoba. In the middle of the bridge is Salisbury House Restaurant. Fort Garry Hotel used to have a revolving restaurant on its top floor, but the restaurant closed several years ago. Canadian Museum for Human Rights is scheduled to open in year 2014; atop the building is Tower of Hope which lights up during the darkest week of the year (winter solstice).
There are two popular spots along the banks of Red River for viewing the city skyline of Downtown Winnipeg: Promenade Taché (on the south side of pedestrian bridge) and Parc Joseph Royal (on the north side). Read below for map and driving direction.
December 25, 2012: I took these pictures on Christmas night. It was a very cold evening with windchill temp around -30 celcius. I turned off the camera flash, so the pictures reveal the chilling effect of the night.
December 25, 2012: Close up views of Human Rights Museum and Fort Garry Hotel
December 25, 2012: Promenade Taché is an interpretive walk on the banks of the Red River along Taché Avenue from the Provencher Bridge to the Norwood Bridge in St. Boniface. It's a popular spot for viewing the city skyline of Downtown Winnipeg.
December 25, 2012: As you can see from this angle, Red River was not totally frozen; there was still some water running through the middle of the river.
December 25, 2012: This picture was taken from Parc Joseph Royal, on the other side of Provencher Bridge. This is another popular spot for viewing Winnipeg city skyline.
December 25, 2012: Walking on frozen Red River by Downtown Winnipeg.
December 25, 2012: A classic tranquil winter scenery of Winnipeg :D
Map and Driving Direction
Point A: Parc Joseph Royal (free public parking on Avenue Taché)
Point B: Promenade Taché (free public parking on Avenue de la Cathédrale)
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