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Four hours in Winnipeg, Canada

Written By: Gary on June 30, 2013 2 Comments

We had a four hour break from the train in Winnipeg (the capitol of Manitobe) and listed as “where the prairies begin” (that’s from my trip notes). I wrote:

We stopped in Winnipeg (still taking train). A big city, but not much interesting and we took a tour by bus.

I know I talked a lot as a kid, but I guess I didn’t write a lot!

VIA Train passenger
This was one of the people on our trip, I remember them but don’t ask me their name.

Speaking of the people on the trip: There were ten boys about my age and if I recall correctly most seemed to be spoiled kids where were probably sent away to get rid of them for the summer. There were about 40 adults and I think they were mostly (but not all) retirees. The adults seemed kind of well traveled about two-thirds were married and traveling together. I didn’t realize this at the time but all of the adults traveling alone were women, some were marked “Ms.” and some “Mrs.”, not sure if the latter were windowed or they left the men at home.

Bear sub statue
I’m sure I thought this statue was cute then, since I still do now!

The sculpture of the cubs looks to be something of Leo Mol and may now be located in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden which opened after I took this photo. It looks a lot like Bear Cubs (1976) or Playful Cubs (1975); those two are so similar it may be one of them or another similar one (thanks to Nancy for pointing this out in the comments).

church winnipeg
Saint Boniface Cathedral is a link to Wikipedia, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Thanks to Nancy for identification of this too and a link to Wikipedia.

I guess my high point of the day was when I was playing Bingo and “won a VIA key chain bottle opener”. I do remember winning something playing Bingo, but I don’t remember the keychain at all and it’s not in my box of souvenirs.

If anyone can identify the items in these photos better, please do! Especially if you know I’ve got them labeled in the wrong city!

If you’re reading this post out of context, this is me re-journaling a trip to Alaska from when I was a kid. You might want to click the “trip to Alaska” link and go to the bottom and read them in order. I’m posting each entry on the same day that it happened years ago.

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2 Responses to “Four hours in Winnipeg, Canada”

  1. Nancy says on: 1 July 2013 at 3:58 pm
  2. Gary says on: 1 July 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks! That’s the place for the cathedral.

    The bear cubs have got to be the same artist but that Sculpture Garden wasn’t created until after I was there so it might be one of those pieces of work or something similar. Playful Cubs (1975) and Bear Cubs (1976) are awfully similar, I think it’s a little more like the first one but they are really close and this might be a third similar one…

    These days I’m apt to take pictures of signage since it’s digital or with the iPhone and the GPS (or check in via 4square or Facebook) but this stuff from decades ago is kind of hard to remember! At least I was a little anal retentive about keeping the slides in order, otherwise I’d never figure them out. I’d actually made a few notes that were tucked in with the slides but unfortunately got separated when I got them scanned.

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