Just north of the famous corner of Portage and Main is the historic Exchange District, the best-preserved turn-of-the-20th-century district in North America. Now a national historic site, the area encompasses over 30 city blocks, featuring unparalleled examples of terra-cotta and cut-stone architecture. In recent years, the area has been in great demand as a backdrop for movie production by filmmakers from across the continent. The Exchange District is also home to many of Winnipeg's best art galleries. Check out the Plug In Gallery, 286 McDermott Ave. (tel. 204/942-1043; www.plugin.org), and Artspace Inc., 425-100 Arthur St. (tel. 204/947-0984), a six-story building that houses 23 arts organizations including several galleries, publishers, and art studios. For more information on things to do and places to go in the Exchange District, pick up the widely available and free Exchange District visitors guide from any tourist office.
The Exchange District Business Improvement Zone or BIZ (for contact information see below) offers guided walking tours of historic sites in the Exchange District -- including the interiors of some buildings -- from June 1 to Labour Day, weather permitting. Tours begin at the Exchange District Info Centre in Old Market Square (King St. and Bannatyne Ave.), daily at 10am and 2pm, lasting roughly 1 1/2 to 2 hours each. The cost is C$6 (US$6/£3) for adults, C$5 (US$5/£2.50) for seniors and students.
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