Spring is coming-soon, we’ll exchange our mittens and bundled scarves for light sweaters and refreshed smiles welcoming the new season. With four major rivers in Winnipeg, there are many bridges in the area, providing the perfect spots to stop and snap a picture as the sun rises or falls, or just to remember a fun, beautiful day in the city. Both residents and visitors staying in Winnipeg hotels are sure to remember and revisit these beautiful bridges for years to come for an amazing, social media-worthy photos to share with friends and family.
Assiniboine Park to Portage Ave Bridge
Assiniboine Park is known as the first suburban park in Winnipeg, with many luscious greenspaces and a rich history dating back to 1904. The classic Assiniboine Park Foot Bridge sits over the Assiniboine River, featuring dramatic light posts lining its sides that make for stunning photos during the snowfalls of winter or spring sunshine.
Provencher Bridge & the Esplanade Riel (pictured above)
Linking downtown Winnipeg with the French community of St. Boniface, the Provencher Bridge has been destructed and reconstructed several times through the century, with the most recent addition being the Esplanade Riel foot bridge. With carvings along the eastbound lane and striking side-spar cables, this bridge represents a true Winnipeg landmark. Bonus: a new bistro, Mon Amis Louis, opened last year to conveniently satisfy hungry pedestrians with a versatile French menu.
Crossing over the Red River is what makes the historic Norwood Bridge truly iconic is the stunning River Arch, designed by Catherine Widgery. Marking the entrance to Winnipeg, this modern structure features asymmetrical construction and is best viewed from the river or walkway below.
The Louise Bridge
Built over 100 years ago in 1911, this structure holds significance as Winnipeg’s very first bridge, so unsurprisingly it presents a very rustic look. The bridge will likely be completely replaced soon to better support the 25,000 cars it handles, so get your personal memento of history before it goes away.
The Elm Park Bridge/BDI Bridge/Ice Cream Bridge
Affectionately known as any of these three identities, this bridge spans across the Red River to provide access from Kingston Crescent to the Jubilee/Osborne area of town. Built in 1912, this bridge is only 15 feet wide, but was still used for car traffic until up to the mid-70s. Now, the bridge is common for pedestrian travel, especially in the warmer months. Walkers love to visit the Bridge Drive In (BDI) ice cream shop for maple walnut sundaes and “The Saltzberg”-a Nutella-filled waffle cone filled with vanilla ice cream, dipped in chocolate, and topped with caramel drizzle, whipped cream, and sea salt. Yum!
What better way to commemorate being able to comfortably be outside again in the lovely, warmer weather than to explore the city you love? If you’re paying a visit to Winnipeg soon, IHG® hotels in Winnipeg are your best bet for a rejuvenating stay that won’t soon be forgotten.