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Trail Stewardship Group: Bishop Grandin Greenway Inc.

Bishop Grandin Trail is Winnipeg’s longest multi-use trail, spanning just over 12 km, and serving as an active transportation spine for south Winnipeg.The trail connects from the residential community of Sage Creek in the far east of Winnipeg, passes through many communities along the way and via connecting trails leads all the way to the community of Charleswood. Because the trail crosses over the Red River – it is often referred to as the Bishop Grandin Trail East (7 km) of the Red River and Bishop Grandin Trail West (5km).

BISHOP GRANDIN GREENWAY

Bishop Grandin Greenway Trail is more than a system of pathways – it is a network of nature areas that includes 3 retention ponds (named Apakway, and Eagles and Nature’s Haven) and public pathways that link and support human and wildlife communities. In 2000 a small group of community citizens interested in in enhancing and conserving the area along Bishop Grandin Boulevard between the Red and Seine River, formed the volunteer charitable organization Bishop Grandin Greenway Inc (BGG).

FAST FACTS

  • Asphalt surfacing
  • 7 km Distance markers installed
  • Parking
    St Vital Park – 190 River Rd
    St Vital Shopping Centre – 1225 St Mary’s Rd
  • Washrooms / Refreshments
    St Vital Park – 190 River Rd
    St Vital Shopping Centre – 1225 St Mary’s Rd

POINTS OF INTEREST

  1. Fort Garry Bridge Park – Located in St. Vital between the two bridge lanes, this tiny park contains two fascinating interpretive monuments that mark the completion of the Winnipeg Aqueduct and the development of Bishop Grandin Boulevard.
  2. Butterfly gardens – More than 20 varieties of native plants were placed on this site in an attempt to renaturalize the area and to provide a habit for several butterfly species.
  3. Fruit orchard – Winnipeg first public orchard has a wonderful variety
    of fruit trees and shrubs including Norland apples and Nanking cherries.
  4. Community Gardens – A partnership with St. Boniface / St. Vital Rotarians and Bishop Greenway Inc. offers area residents a chance discover their green thumbs and grow their own produce.
  5. Public art named ‘land/mark’ – Commissioned by the Winnipeg Arts Council, this unique interpretation of the area’s history, titled ‘land/mark’ greets trail users as they ’round a bend in the trail.
  6. Eco-Education Site – This interpretive site provides an opportunity for local schools and members of the community to explore nature in an urban setting.
  7. Louis Riel Sr Route – An asphalt trail which is part of the Seine River Greenway system.
  8. Bois Des Esprits Trial System –  An asphalt trail which is part of the Seine River Greenway system.
  9. Sage Creek Trail – a crushed stone trail that leads into the developing community of Sage Creek.