While walking down one of the Canada’s most famous intersections, Portage Avenue and Main Street in Downtown Winnipeg, I noticed this old historic building “The Royal Trust Company” hanging with a brightly lit showgirl sign with a funny name “Whiskey Dix”. A trust bank with a night club—that’s an interesting combination?!?! ò.ó
History of the building
The building, purchased by The Royal Trust Company in 1919, is located in The Exchange District designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in the downtown area of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Just one block north of the Portage and Main intersection, the Exchange District comprises twenty city blocks and approximately 150 heritage buildings, and it is known for its intact early 20th century collection of warehouses, financial institutions, and early terra cotta clad skyscrapers.
Prior to 1919, the building, constructed in 1903-04, belonged to The Bank of British North America, founded in 1835 in London, England with offices in various parts of Canada. It merged with the Bank of Montreal in 1918.
Today the building is on the Registry of Historical Places of Canada and the location of a night club Whiskey Dix.
Map & Driving Direction
Exact location of Whiskey Dix is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map).