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Canoes

the common forks

What could be more Canadian than a canoe? Just after entering The Common, the refurbished new eating area at The Forks you can look up and see  a trio of fun sculptures by Winnipeg artist Jordan Van Sewell. I noticed them for the first time last week when I met my friend Esther at The Forks for a walk and lunch. canoe 1

Nineteen diverse and interesting characters represent Canada’s people, animals, symbols and strengths. Canoes are certainly a very Canadian mode of transportation. They were invented by indigenous Canadians and played a big role in the building of our country as they transported furs and supplies and people. The sculptures are inclusive. After looking at the three canoes closely I think every Canadian could identify with at least one of the characters in some way. I like it that the artist included animals too because co-existing on this earth with all God’s creatures is important. canoe 3

The waters each canoe moves through are different.  Here the canoe is gliding down frothy night waters. Check out the poppy in the first character’s lapel who I think may be a miner holding a shovel. There’s a musician perhaps of Italian descent paddling with his guitar and the polar bear has a paddle too. canoe 2

If you visit The Forks you are sure to encounter a wide diversity of people. Jordan Van Sewell’s artwork Canoes represents that so well. If you’ve never noticed these sculptures check them out the next time you are at The Forks. 

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Canada Day At the Forks

We had a fun time down at The Forks celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.
Hanging out at the Oodena Celebration Circle listening to the amazing aboriginal drummers and watching the First Nations dancers.  Checking out the Human Rights Museum and bumping into old friends Robin and Craig.  It was so great to catch up with them. 
People watching and marveling at the diversity of the Canadian population. Some people have been in our country for thousands of years, others for a few generations and some have just arrived. We represent so many races and cultures and religions and languages and that was in very clear evidence watching the crowds of people down at the Forks yesterday. Visiting my colleagues at the Winnipeg Art Gallery container where they were inviting visitors to design their own Canadian flag. Enjoying some great food from Nu Burger down on the river front while listening to the Riel Mens Chorus sing. Here we bumped into our friends Werner and Adelia and had  a nice visit with them.  Listening to our friends Bruno and Caroline perform with the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir.  They sang O Canada in both languages, and a wonderful variety of pieces including an Inuit song, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and an arrangement of Oscar Peterson’s Hymn to Freedom that included these words………….  When every hand joins every hand and together moulds our destiny, That’s when we’ll be free.

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O Canada- Traveling the Country

Canada Day in Leamington

Treking to the Tip of Canada

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What is Cool?

what is cool art installation winnipegWhat do you think is cool?  The creators of this art installation at The Forks in Winnipeg asked 2015 people that question. face of hope flagEach flag in the installation has a photo of someone’s face and their response to the question, “What is cool?” cool art by provencher bridgeThis ‘cool’ art was created by fourth year environmental design students from the University of Manitoba- Brenton Leskiw, Kent Mundle, Matthew Rajfur and Corey Doucette. What would you put on a flag in this exhibit? 

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River Boat Tour- Red and Assiniboine Winnipeg

When our friends from Hong Kong John and Sandy were visiting last week I took them on a boat tour down the Assiniboine and the Red River here in Winnipeg. 

 

Our driver Ian was very friendly and shared lots of information about the sites we saw as we drove along. 

 

A family of Canada geese followed along behind us. Canada geese may seem ordinary to us but they were of great interest to John and Sandy who come from Australia and teach in Hong Kong. Neither Australia or Hong Kong have Canada geese. 

 

Ian gave a little safety talk before the tour began and told us how to use the provided life jackets. Although the river was flowing quite swiftly it is very low this year. The river walkways are actually open while last year they were under water. 

 

Ian showed us the colorful marks on the bridge pillars that illustrate the various heights of the river in certain years. The red line was where the river was during the great floods of 1950 and 1997. Much of the city was saved from flooding in 1997 because of the Winnipeg Floodway which was built in the late 1960’s at the insistence of Manitoba’s premier Duff Roblin. 

Ian pointed out many interesting sites as we motored along. I had seen all these landmarks, but it is different to view them from the river.  We saw………….

the Manitoba Legislative Building with the Golden Boy atop its peak 

 

the uniquely designed Provencher Bridge

 

the new Human Rights Museum currently under construction

 

the historic St. Boniface Cathedral

 the statue of Louis Riel the founder of Manitoba

the Alexander Docks 

the old Eatons Warehouse

the toboggan slide used for Winnipeg’s annual Festival du Voyageur and 

many trees whose root system had been eroded by the river water

 

There was a little girl on board with us and she was thrilled when Ian let her drive the boat for a few minutes. 

 

Before we knew it we were back at the Johnson Terminal at The Forks.  The boat is a great way to see Winnipeg from a river point of view. I’m glad I took my guests on the trip. 

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