The West End is home to a huge assortment of unique shops and services, as well as world class entertainment, recreational and educational facilities. These are the gems of the West End and many are Winnipeg icons which draw visitors from across all the city and province.
The West End holds a unique place on Winnipeg's dining scene. We have culinary reputation for our incredible variety of internationally inspired cuisine and specialty bakery and food stores.
Our neighbourhood is also home to the largest mural collection in Winnipeg which celebrates our history, hometown heroes, culture and achievements. Our murals and tours are award winning and internationally recognized and named a top 10 attraction by Where Magazine.
We invite you to explore our world and expand yours. More than 1,000 businesses are ready to warmly welcome you to the West End and we’ve shared some ideas on these pages how you can spend a day here. We know you will be back.
City of Winnipeg prior to 1882
West End History
The West End is one of Winnipeg’s earliest neighbourhoods. In the boom years, Winnipeg saw people coming and going. Turnover for the city was rapid as people arrived from out east and continued onward to the west. Despite the rapid turnover, the city grew by leaps and bounds.
Winnipeg was incorporated in 1873 and the original boundary was Maryland Street at the time, known as Boundary Road. In 1882, the city expanded westward to St. James Street and Maryland Street was given its present name.
By 1914, retail trade had begun to move out of the Exchange District and into the West End. Ellice and Sargent developed as retail areas and commercial activity expanded on Portage Avenue. Erin and Wall Streets, paved in 1906, were marketed as the new industrial centre of Winnipeg.
The West End was built largely between 1900 and 1920. From 1885-1912, the west and south ends of the city grew from 1063 people to 59,218. Approximately 60% of the buildings in the West End were constructed between 1900 and 1912.