New provincial park unveiled in Winnipeg
WINNIPEG – A historic spot that Manitobans will forever cherish was celebrated Saturday.
The Friends of Upper Fort Garry unveiled part of Heritage Park, a new provincial park also known as Manitoba’s birthplace.
“This is where Manitoba decided to enter confederation,” said Jerry Gray, chair of the board of Friends of Upper Fort Garry. “It really led to opening up Western Canada.”
The park, located on Main Street, is the spot where Manitoba joined Canada in 1870.
“There are many forts around the country that have not survived,” said Gray. “This would have been one of them with the exception being its significance.”
While it may be far from complete, the provincial park was on display to show how much work has already been done. The project will cost about $13 million once it is complete, according to Gray.
An afternoon full of multicultural music and dancing followed the event and continued all afternoon.