The Park City
The name “Transcona” was chosen to commemorate the Grand Trunk Railway to which the town owes its existence. Today, a visit to Transcona is a trip back in time to the glory of the railroad. Work is underway on The Transcona Centennial Square as a tribute to the area’s upcoming 100th anniversary in 2012. Giant murals beautify downtown and a locally constructed steam locomotive is on display in Kiwanis Park. The Transcona Historical Museum is the only designated Historic Building in the neighbourhood. Here you can browse through archives and images, as well as 3,500 archaeological / First Nations artifacts from throughout Manitoba. Nicknamed “The Park City,” the area is known for its abundance of green space, including Kilcona Park, Buhler Recreation Park and Transcona Trail. While visiting, be sure to take Lady Luck by the hand and shop till you drop at Kildonan Place shopping mall.
Location: The approximate boundaries are Lagimodiere Blvd to the west, Springfield Rd to the north, Dugald Rd to the south and the Perimeter Hwy to the east. Located 7.3 km from downtown and 16.8 km from the airport.
Top Places to Eat:
- Mr B’s Pizza & Chicken’s formula of from-scratch, homestyle cooking has served it well as diners pack this eatery each night. Both the “broasted” chicken—covered in an addictive crackling crust—and pizzas are famous for their full-bodied flavour. 1-1783 Plessis Rd, 222-6365.
- Omand’s Creek Ice Cream’s signature frozen desserts defy traditional boundaries. For instance, the “Dirty Nanaimo” is a chocoholic’s dream made with chocolate ice cream, hot fudge, crushed peanut butter cups and Nanaimo bars topped with whipped cream. 3-630 Kildare Ave E, 414-9065.
- Two grinning pigs on the Whistle Pig Drive-In sign greet diners lining up for out-of-this-world chili cheese dogs, deep-fried pickles, battered mushrooms, generous portions of hand-cut fries and other burger joint fare. 102 Victoria Ave E, 224-4435.
Top Places to Shop:
- Crossroads Station is one of the city’s largest big box districts with retailers such as Walmart, Superstore, Home Depot, Toys R Us, Home Outfitters and Staples. Located across from Kildonan Place.
- Serving the northeast corner of the city, Kildonan Place is the city’s third largest mall. A movie theatre, Sears and Zellers are among the 100 shops and services here. 1555 Regent Ave W, 661-6116. http://www.kildonanplace.com
- Stock up on local produce, crafts, jams, jellies and other farm fresh food at Transcona BIZ Market, held each Thursday throughout summer. 131 Victoria Ave W, 222-8566. http://www.transconabiz.com
Top Things to See and Do:
- More than 140 acres of farmland were converted into Buhler Recreation Park, which boasts eight softball diamonds, six soccer fields, a toboggan hill, a canteen, and walking and skiing trails. 104 Regent Ave E, 777-2255. http://www.buhlerrecpark.com/contact.asp
- Palm trees, a cascading waterfall and tropical fish tank at Club Regent Casino put visitors into a tropical vacation state of mind. Try your luck at more than 800 slot machines, black jack, poker, roulette, keno and bingo. 1425 Regent Ave W, 957-2500. http://www.clubregent.com/
- The Hi Neighbour Festival is a giant annual carnival that takes place in the heart of Transcona, usually in early June. Live entertainment, a parade, children’s entertainers, fireworks, a petting zoo, face painting and other activities offer plenty of family enjoyment. Regent Ave W and Day St, 997-6383. http://www.hineighbourfestival.com/main/news.php
(Information provided through www.winnipegtourism.com)