Bruce Park

Last updated
Bruce Park
Bruce Park Portage Avenue Entrance.jpg
Entrance to Bruce Park
Location1966 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Coordinates 49°52′36″N97°13′33″W / 49.87667°N 97.22583°W / 49.87667; -97.22583 Coordinates: 49°52′36″N97°13′33″W / 49.87667°N 97.22583°W / 49.87667; -97.22583
Area13 acres (5.3 ha)

Bruce Park is a 13-acre (53,000 m2) urban park located at 1966 Portage Avenue, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The park is bordered to the south by the Assiniboine River, to the east by Douglas Park Road, to the west by Deer Lodge Place, and to the north by Portage Avenue.

Winnipeg Provincial capital city in Manitoba, Canada

Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba in Canada. Centred on the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, it is near the longitudinal centre of North America, approximately 110 kilometres (70 mi) north of the Canada–United States border.

Manitoba Province of Canada

Manitoba is a province at the longitudinal centre of Canada. It is often considered one of the three prairie provinces and is Canada's fifth-most populous province with its estimated 1.369 million people. Manitoba covers 649,950 square kilometres (250,900 sq mi) with a widely varied landscape, stretching from the northern oceanic coastline to the southern border with the United States. The province is bordered by the provinces of Ontario to the east and Saskatchewan to the west, the territories of Nunavut to the north, and Northwest Territories to the northwest, and the U.S. states of North Dakota and Minnesota to the south.

Assiniboine River river in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada

The Assiniboine River is a 1,070-kilometre (660 mi) river that runs through the prairies of Western Canada in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. It is a tributary of the Red River. The Assiniboine is a typical meandering river with a single main channel embanked within a flat, shallow valley in some places and a steep valley in others. Its main tributaries are the Qu'Appelle, Souris and Whitesand Rivers. For early history and exploration see Assiniboine River fur trade.


The park has three footbridges that cross the Truro Creek, which runs through the park. Features of the park include formal flower gardens, grassland and forest naturalization areas, the A.W. Hanks Walkway, the Bruce Park Cenotaph war memorial, a playground, and a wading pool. The park is open year-round.

English landscape garden style of garden

The English landscape garden, also called English landscape park or simply the English garden, is a style of "landscape" garden which emerged in England in the early 18th century, and spread across Europe, replacing the more formal, symmetrical jardin à la française of the 17th century as the principal gardening style of Europe. The English garden presented an idealized view of nature. It drew inspiration from paintings of landscapes by Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin, and from the classic Chinese gardens of the East, which had recently been described by European travellers and were realized in the Anglo-Chinese garden. The English garden usually included a lake, sweeps of gently rolling lawns set against groves of trees, and recreations of classical temples, Gothic ruins, bridges, and other picturesque architecture, designed to recreate an idyllic pastoral landscape. The work of Lancelot "Capability" Brown was particularly influential. By the end of the 18th century the English garden was being imitated by the French landscape garden, and as far away as St. Petersburg, Russia, in Pavlovsk, the gardens of the future Emperor Paul. It also had a major influence on the form of the public parks and gardens which appeared around the world in the 19th century. The English landscape garden was centred on the English country house.


Bruce Park is named after Peter Bruce. The Bruce family were Metis farmers that originally settled the land in the 1850s. The land where Peter Bruce lived was donated to the municipality of St. James in 1933 under the condition that it always remains a green space for all to enjoy.

In mid-May 1936 four Boy Scout troops in the St. James area planted trees and a lilac bush within the park. West District Troops taking part in the Arbour Day project included 7th Anglican, 33rd Soongy Tay Ay, 40th Deer Lodge, and 72nd St. James United. [1] [2]

There is a plaque, near the Portage Avenue entrance, commemorating their contribution to the area.

In 1992, the "Friends of Bruce Park" were formed to help preserve and protect the park.

Bruce Park Cenotaph

Bruce Park Cenotaph Bruce Park Cenotaph.JPG
Bruce Park Cenotaph

A cenotaph was erected in 1936 as a centrepiece in the park to honour the memory of the men and women of St. James who died in the Great War (World War I) [3] and approved on May 9. [4] The St. James memorial committee donated the monument to the city of St. James on June 30, 1936. [5] Due to the exemplary workmanship, the monument stood for over half a century. Frost damage destroyed the cenotaph in the 1980s.

Cenotaph "Empty tomb" or monument erected in honor of a person whose remains are elsewhere

A cenotaph is an empty tomb or a monument erected in honour of a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere. It can also be the initial tomb for a person who has since been reinterred elsewhere. Although the vast majority of cenotaphs honour individuals, many noted cenotaphs are instead dedicated to the memories of groups of individuals, such as the lost soldiers of a country or of an empire.

The current cenotaph was erected in 1990. It was dedicated at 2 pm September 30, 1990 [6] to the memory of those who died in World War I, World War II, Korea, and to Canadian peacekeepers. The current monument is a true replica of the original cenotaph. The new cenotaph was built with $37,000 funding from St. James branch #4 Royal Canadian Legion in conjunction with the city of Winnipeg St. James-Assiniboia Parks and Recreation branch. [7]

Royal Canadian Legion organization

The Royal Canadian Legion is a non-profit Canadian ex-service organization founded in 1925. Membership includes people who have served as military, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, provincial and municipal police, Royal Canadian Air, Army and Sea Cadets, direct relatives of members and also affiliated members. Membership is now also open to the general public.

Related Research Articles

<i>Winnipeg Free Press</i> Canadian newspaper

The Winnipeg Free Press is a daily broadsheet newspaper in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It provides coverage of local, provincial, national, international, sports, business, and entertainment news. Various consumer-oriented features such as homes and automobiles appear on a weekly basis. The newspaper's main competition is the Winnipeg Sun, a print daily tabloid.

Portage la Prairie City in Manitoba, Canada

Portage la Prairie is a small city in the Central Plains Region of Manitoba, Canada. As of 2016, the population was 13,304 and the land area of the city was 24.68 square kilometres (9.53 sq mi). Portage la Prairie is approximately 75 kilometres (47 mi) west of Winnipeg, along the Trans-Canada Highway, and sits on the Assiniboine River, which flooded the town persistently until a diversion channel north to Lake Manitoba was built to divert the flood waters. The city is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie.

Manitoba Junior Hockey League

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) is a Junior 'A' ice hockey league operating in the Canadian province of Manitoba and one of eleven member leagues of the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL).

Bertram Brooker British artist

Bertram Richard Brooker was one of Canada's first abstract painters. A self-taught polymath, in addition to being a visual artist, Brooker was a Governor General's Award–winning novelist, as well as a poet, screenwriter, playwright, essayist, copywriter, graphic designer, and advertising executive. He is well known as an early Canadian abstract impressionist.

The Winnipeg Public Library is a public library system in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Branches provide programming for children, teens, and adults. The Library also contains an Outreach Department which works with the community, as well as people who cannot visit the library directly. Outreach also promotes the library to communities that are under represented in the library.

St. James-Assiniboia, Winnipeg Suburb in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

St. James-Assiniboia is a major district in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Located in the far western part of the city, it is bounded on the north by the Rural Municipality of Rosser and the Canadian National Railway's Oak Point line, on the south by the Assiniboine River, on the west by the Rural Municipality of Headingley, and on the east by the Canadian Pacific Railway's La Riviere line.

Winnipeg Transit Transportation Authority of the City of Winnipeg

Winnipeg Transit is the public transit agency in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It operates bus services and is owned by the City of Winnipeg government. In operation for over 130 years, it currently employs over 1,300 people and operates over 600 buses to more than 6,000 bus stops within the city limits. It carries more than 170,000 passengers weekdays.

Birds Hill Unincorporated municipality

Birds Hill is an unincorporated community in the Canadian province of Manitoba located a few kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba, in the Rural Municipality of East St. Paul. The community is a few kilometres east of the Red River The R.M. of East St. Paul's Administration and Finance Departments, Fire Department, municipal council chambers, and RCMP offices are located in Birds Hill. The community includes Silverfox Estates and the Country Villas, which is Manitoba's first resort age-restricted adult only gated community. Built in 1998, this residential area is an exclusively low-density community where 163 detached, single-family homes are on private landscaped sites.

Downtown Winnipeg Neighbourhood in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Downtown Winnipeg is an area of the city located near the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers. It is the oldest urban area in Winnipeg, and is home to the city's commercial core, city hall, the seat of Manitoba's provincial government, and a number of major attractions and institutions.

Exchange District human settlement in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The Exchange District is a National Historic Site of Canada in the downtown area of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Just one block north of Portage and Main, the Exchange District comprises twenty city blocks and approximately 150 heritage buildings, and it is known for its intact early 20th century collection of warehouses, financial institutions, and early terra cotta clad skyscrapers.

Assiniboia Downs is a Canadian horse race track located in the Winnipeg suburb of St. James-Assiniboia. It is operated by the Manitoba Jockey Club and is the site of the annual Manitoba Derby.

Deer Lodge Centre is a health centre specializing in geriatric care and treatment of Veterans in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The health centre began as a convalescent hospital for returning World War I soldiers in 1916 and was located in Silver Heights along west Portage Avenue. The health centre was run by Veterans Affairs Canada until 1983 when it was transferred to the province of Manitoba.

In the 1970-71 season of Canadian ice hockey, the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) champions were Winnipeg Saints, who won the Turnbull Memorial Trophy in the final on March 30, 1971, at home in St. Boniface. The Saints went on to win the Anavet Cup by defeating the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League on April 13, 1971, at the St. James ground in Winnipeg.

History of Winnipeg aspect of history

The history of Winnipeg comprises its initial population by Aboriginal peoples through its settlement by Europeans to the present day. The first forts were built on the future site of Winnipeg in the 1700s, followed by the Selkirk Settlement in 1812. Winnipeg was incorporated as a city in 1873 and experienced dramatic growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Following the end of World War I, the city's importance as a commercial centre in Western Canada began to wane. Winnipeg and its suburbs experienced significant population growth after 1945, and the current City of Winnipeg was created by the unicity amalgamation in 1972.

Winnipeg RT is a bus rapid transit system in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, currently consisting of the Southwest Transitway. Future expansions consisting of an Eastern Corridor connecting downtown to Transcona and a West-North Corridor connecting St. James with Downtown and West Kildonan are in the planning stages.

Broadway is a street in the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It is one of the city's oldest and most historic routes and forms the Trans-Canada Highway route through the city's downtown.

St. James Street is a major street in the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It is a heavily traveled street linking Portage Avenue, Polo Park, and the St. James Industrial area.

<i>Angel of Victory</i>

The Angel of Victory is a statue crafted by London-born sculptor Coeur de Lion McCarthy (1881–1979), installed in Montreal's Windsor Station, in Quebec, Canada. It was commissioned in 1922 in memory of the 1,116 Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) employees who died in World War I. Copies of the statue were also installed at CPR stations in Vancouver and Winnipeg, Canada. The Winnipeg copy has since been moved from the station, and is now located outside the Deer Lodge Hospital.


  1. "Boy Scouts Plant Memorial Grove In Trees In St. James". Winnipeg Free Press. May 13, 1936. p. 2.
  2. "Scouts Help Plant Memorial Trees". The Winnipeg Evening Tribune. May 16, 1936. p. 36.
  3. "Cenotaph To Be Built In Bruce Park". The Winnipeg Evening Tribune. May 9, 1934. p. 9.
  4. "Plans For Cenotaph In St. James Are Approved". Winnipeg Free Press. May 10, 1934.
  5. "St. James War Memorial To Be Unveiled Sunday". The Winnipeg Evening Tribune. June 24, 1936. p. 7.
  6. "Ready for viewing". Winnipeg Free Press Weekly. September 23, 1990.
  7. Bridge, Bonnie (February 11, 1990). "Bus service, library cuts eyed in St. James". Winnipeg Free Press Weekly.