Esplanade Riel, named in honour of Louis Riel, is a prominent landmark in Downtown Winnipeg, just north the junction of the historic Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Constructed in 2003-04, this five-metre wide and 250-metre long “people path” provides a link between The Forks and Winnipeg’s French Quarter St. Boniface. The Esplanade Riel was built as part of the Provencher Twin Bridges project, which included a new four-lane divided vehicular Provencher Bridge running parallel to this pedestrian bridge.
This remarkable bridge is designed by Colin Douglas Stewart of Wardrop Engineering and the architect Étienne Gaboury. Étienne Gaboury is a well-known Franco-Manitoban who also designed the Royal Canadian Mint building, the new Saint Boniface Cathedral, as well as the teepee-style Precious Blood Church.