Wolseley is a well known neighobourhood inside of Winnipeg and abroad for its legacy of activism, unique character homes and holistic services. Stretching from Portage Avenue to the Assiniboine River and crossed west to east from Empress to Maryland Street, this distinctive section draws a diverse crowd of well to do Winnipeggers.
Wolseley is well known for its politics and its people. Although the demographic has changed with the outpouring of residents to the suburbs followed by the incoming wave of working families back to its streets, the values and the homes have remained much the same. The river lots are adorned with houses that are statuesque in style and they organically attract diverse residents with a like mind.
The vibe in Wolseley is retro hip. Even if it’s old, it’s admired. There are many community committees for improvement so renovations are ongoing but people live in the moment here. Greying men in fedoras walk by sundressed Moms with kids. A parked Westphalia van sits outside the bookstore. Yoga classes complement knitting groups and stores with healing stones and handmade soaps. This is not your typical tourist trap.
Traditionally the home of Suffragettes like Nellie McClung and the majestic Westminster Church, this area tends to welcome more upwardly mobile residents though its northeast boundaries house more transient ones. Loosely known as the ‘West End’, neighbours will most likely be artsy, educated and out in the community on foot, classic car or retro bike.
Due to Wolseley's long standing hippie, grassroots history, most people would probably expect to find awesome vintage steals or some real basement bargains in this down to earth, community-centred culture. But, unfortunately prices are typical of the Winnipeg standards. Coffee, crafts and collectibles are average or more on the expensive.
Transportation is mixed. Bus routes and vehicles are constant on main routes like Maryland Street and Portage Avenue, but foot traffic and cyclists are more common down the residential streets of Wolseley. The area is somewhat close to downtown and equidistant to the airport. Commuting to work or school is common.
Misericordia hospital marks Wolseley’s southeast corner and Klinic Community Health Centre marks the northern end with an Eastern Healing Centre, Wolseley Wellness and specialty centres nearby. There are some parks such as Omand Park and the Robert A. Steen Community Centre, two elementary schools and Gordon Bell high school offers flexible and alternative learning
Social activists and environmentalists love Wolseley for it's rich background, as do starving artists, students and some professionals. Generally, older residents and young adults support the community through gardening, heritage site maintenance and rerouting Sunday traffic for pedestrians. Roads tend to be in rough condition though and pesticide protesters cause blockades.
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Wolseley Wool is an independent yarn shop has classes for knitting, spinning and stitching. Wolseley Wool is a warm spot for friends making the world a brighter place with colour-shifting shawls.more info
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Halal Meat Centre and Speciality Foods offers specialty foods from the Middle East, Mediterranean and around the world. This aromatic market is close to the heart as well as the home.more info
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