Winnipeg's Exchange District is located just north of the famous downtown intersection, Portage and Main. The name "Exchange District" comes from the Winnipeg Grain Exchange, the hub of Canada's grain industry, as well as other industry exchanges - all of which transformed Winnipeg into the "Chicago of the North" from 1881 to 1918. Today, the Exchange District is a National Historic Site that encompasses 20 city blocks and is composed of nearly 150 buildings.
The Exchange District is the center of Winnipeg's cultural and entertainment scene as well as the home to unique residential lofts, educational institutions and a variety of business entities. Cobblestone streets lined with clothing boutiques, coffee bars, nightclubs, art galleries, museums, antique dealers, restaurants and pubs make the Exchange District a truly dynamic urban community. The Exchange District is also home to the city's theatre district and Old Market Square, which is a popular summer venue and plays host to several festivals and concerts including: The Jazz Winnipeg Festival, The Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival and Bedford Investments Music in the Market Concert Series.
Advantages of Leasing in the Exchange District
- Centrally located downtown
- Accessible public transportation
- Numerous retail stores
- Educational institutions (Red River College – Princess Street Campus and the University of Winnipeg – Division of Continuing Education)
- Burgeoning residential community
- Exquisite turn of the century architecture with distinctive original elements featuring:
- exposed brick
- hardwood floors
- high ceilings
- exposed timber and beams
- ornate stone and brick facades
- large window openings
- 24 hour urban community
- Substantially lower overall occupancy costs when compared to other downtown alternatives (in many cases up to 50% lower)
For more information on Winnipeg's historic Exchange District, please visit the official Exchange District BIZ website (opens in a new window).
Red River College and University of Winnipeg
View of Portage & Main from Bedford Building
Historic turn-of-the-century buildings