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Winnipeg. Admittedly, the name sounds pretty funny (at least to my Swiss ears), but apart from that, nobody really knows why anyone should should go through the trouble to visit Winnipeg at all. It’s name comes from the Indian words for muddy water and it lies in an extremely flat plain in the very eastern part of the prairies. When Homer Simpson visited the city sometime in season 16, we see a sign welcoming visitors to Winnipeg with the words “We were born here, what’s your excuse?”. So it’s flatter than flat, the water is apparently muddy and on top of that, the city also has the loving nickname “Winterpeg” attached to it. It doesn’t take a genius to deduct that the winters are not particularly fun and that the city is quite often at the receiving end of many “winter is coming” jokes.

Winnipeg Looks Great in Black and White

But, despite what the name, the jokes or the rather unexciting topography might suggest, Winnipeg surprises. It is more than just a forced stop on the trans-Canada railway. It was named the cultural center of Canada back in 2010 and thus offers quite a few museums and art galleries. The thing that piqued my interest the most though were the many and well preserved turn of the century buildings found in downtown. As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to turn them to black and white, because, Winnipeg simply looks stunning without colour. Formal symmetry meets grandeur, terracotta meets stone and metal frames and details, patterns, old advertisements and quite a few curiosities pose a photographers dream come true. Once an important trading center and transportation hub, I followed tradition by rolling in on the rattling, stainless steel wagons of The Canadian, the iconic transcontinental passenger line operated by VIA Rail and the following hours, went on a black and white photowalk around town.

The city turned out to be freakin’ awesome, see the black and white images of Winnipeg yourself:

Historic Winnipeg in Black and White.  The Exchange District offers great opportunities for black and white images of Winnipeg.

Historic Winnipeg in Black and White.  The Exchange District and it's photo opportunities in black and white.

Historic Winnipeg in Black and White.  Brick and metal in the Exchange District and an old Pepsi commercial.

Historic Winnipeg in Black and White.  The Exchange District.

The Canadian sorry stereotype lives.

Another one of the photos I took of historic Winnipeg in Black and White.  Brick and metal in the Exchange District.

Historic Winnipeg in Black and White.  Brick and metal in the Exchange District.

Historic Winnipeg in Black and White.  Brick, metal and a street in the Exchange District.

Historic Winnipeg in Black and White.  Brick and metal in the Exchange District.

Historic Winnipeg in Black and White.  An Old American truck in black and white.

Historic Winnipeg in Black and White.  Bridge.

Geese in Winnipeg

Winnipeg nutty club black and white advertisement, part of the image series of Winnipeg in black and white.

Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg glass architecture

Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg glass architecture

Winnipeg in Black and White. City TV architecture in wide angle.

Historic Winnipeg in Black and White.  Old train wagon.

Historic Winnipeg in Black and White.  The Via Rail station.




About The Author

Tiffany is a Swiss travel writer, digital nomad, and photographer, who, after a fateful journey through Africa, has decided to get her passport renewed, sell all her junk, and live out of a suitcase in various corners of the world, as well as share the experiences with other travel enthusiasts. This blog is intended to inspire you to pack your bags, leave everything behind for a while, and make you go discover the world. Check her out on .

4 Responses

  1. Jesse

    Winnipeg the town I grew up in! I’m happy to see you guys enjoying Canada. I’ve really enjoyed seeing your pictures as you pass through Canada. My first trip ever was taking VIA’s “The Canadian” across Canada from Jasper to the Eastern Canada. I hope you guys enjoy everything Canada has to offer!(Especially since were starting to get very cold -28 today in Northern Alberta)

    Cheers! Safe travels. -Jesse
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    • Tiffany

      Sooo, is Winnipeg as bad in winter as they say? Just kidding, it’s awesome that you did the VIA Rail trip as well, it really is an unforgettable experience! More pictures are coming soon 🙂

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  2. Jana

    Beautiful pictures! I have always wanted to go wo Winnipeg as my dad has been there during his army time and keeps telling me how awesome it is. Anyhow, I have not made it there yet and this is actually the first time that I am seeing pictures of this mystical place! Maybe, one day, I am going there (and taking my dad with me as it is one of his biggest dreams to go there again!)…

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    • Tiffany

      You should totally go there with your dad, it would be a great trip down memory lane 🙂 and I’m very glad I could show you some good incentive!

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