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Saint Boniface is an area of the city of Winnipegmarker, home to the Franco-Manitoban community. It features such landmarks as the Cathédrale de Saint Boniface (St. Boniface Cathedral), Boulevard Provencher, the Provencher Bridgemarker, Esplanade Rielmarker, St. Boniface Hospitalmarker, the Collège universitaire de Saint-Bonifacemarker and the Royal Canadian Mint. It covers the southeast part of the city and includes le Vieux Saint-Boniface (Old St. Boniface), Norwood, Windsor Park, Southdale, Southland Park, Royalwood, Sage Creek and Island Lakes, plus a large industrial area. The population is 45,600 (Statistics Canada Census 2001).

Community radio station CKXL (French) and Radio-Canada television station CBWFTmarker (French) and radio station CKSB (French) are all located in St. Boniface.

Every February Le Festival du Voyageur takes place outdoors at Parc Whittier Park and Fort Gibraltar.

Overlooking Saint Boniface from Downtown


Peter Watt's butcher shop, 239 Tache Avenue
St. Boniface Cathedral
Fur traders and European mercenaries hired by Lord Selkirk to protect his fledgling Red River Colony were among the area's first settlers. With the founding of a Roman Catholic mission in 1818, St Boniface began its role in Canadian religious, political and cultural history - as mother parish for many French settlements in Western Canada; as the birthplace of Louis Riel and fellow Métis who struggled to obtain favourable terms for Manitoba's entry into Confederation; and as a focus of resistance to controversial 1890 legislation to alter Manitoba's school system and abolish French as an official language in the province (see Manitoba Schools Question).

Early educational, cultural and social-service institutions were started by religious orders, including the Sisters of Charity of Montréal (Grey Nuns) who arrived in 1844. The Collège de Saint-Boniface (dating back to 1818), a founding college of University of Manitobamarker, and St Boniface General Hospital grew from these institutions.

The early economy was oriented to agriculture. Union Stockyards, developed 1912-13, became the largest livestock exchange in Canada and focal point for a meat-packing and -processing industry. By the early 1900s, numerous light and heavy industries were established. St Boniface was incorporated as a town 1883 and a city 1908. As one of the larger French communities outside Québec, it has often been a centre of struggles to preserve French language and identity within Manitoba.

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St. Boniface is represented by the St. Boniface Riels hockey team which plays in the MMJHL

Team Founded League Arena Championships
St. Boniface Riels 1971 MMJHL Bertrand Arena 5

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