Doors Open Winnipeg

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This weekend Jackson and I decided to check out Doors Open Winnipeg. Doors Open is an event that takes place each year in the city and allows the public to tour various building around town, from the very old to the very new.

First things first we had a group bike ride scheduled for Saturday morning. Well, we thought we did; nobody but us made it, so we cycled from Munson Park to Assiniboine Park ourselves and had breakfast at the cafe in the Qualico Family Centre. We hadn’t been there before so it was nice to check it out, and the weather was pretty much perfect for cycling.

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After breakfast we made our way home to drop off our frisbee and hang out for a bit. Soon we were ready to wander some more so we rode our bikes to Manitoba Hydro Place to take in our first tour. Our guide was great, and the building itself is impressive. Some of the details included in the construction of the workspaces are brilliant, such as floor tiles that are easily removable and can be replaced with air vents upon request. I also found it interesting that the light fixtures cast upward and reflect off the white ceiling, making the artificial light less distinguishable from the daylight streaming in through the floor to ceiling windows. Oh, and did I mention the sweet fountains that are all over the place?

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Later that afternoon we pedaled over to the Artspace building in the Exchange where we picked up tickets to the upcoming Shad show (June 20th!) from the Jazz Winnipeg office. Transaction complete, we made our way up to check out the roof of the building. I’ve always been curious about what it is like up there and now I know! Peering out over the neighbourhood from behind the big ARTSPACE sign is really cool. 10/10 would do again.

We had made plans to check out a few more buildings on Sunday, but instead we made our way directly to the Pride Festival parade. I have a lot more to say about that, so I’ll save it for tomorrow’s post.

Did anyone else check out Doors Open this weekend? Or, if you don’t live in Winnipeg, is there a similar event in your city?