In the 1800s, Fort Garry, also known as Upper Fort Garry was a trading post of the Hudson’s Bay Company that served as the center of fur trading. Today, as expansions on housing and businesses alike are constructed, Fort Garry emerges and keeps up with the ever-changing and growing environment.
Fort Garry is at the southwestern part of the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba. It’s estimated boundaries are Jubilee Avenue to the North, Turnbull Drive to the South, Red River to the East and Brady Road to the west and it is five (5) kilometers away from Downtown Winnipeg.
Fort Garry is the next place to look out for. As new developments are on its way, many people are considering that it would soon be one of the largest and fastest improving areas of the city of Winnipeg.
The neighborhood of Fort Garry has a significant Chinese population, as you would drive around Pembina Highway, you would see the abundance of Chinese restaurants and shops, which are some of the popular dining spots around Winnipeg. Aside from the Chinese, there are also quite a number of different nationalities in the area, which makes Fort Garry a multicultural neighborhood.
There is a little bit of everything in Fort Garry. Restaurants, coffee shops, bars/clubs, novelty stores, value stores, fast food chains, groceries, and specialty stores are abundant in the area.
A few of the restaurants that are favored by many are Asia City in Pembina Highway, which serves Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai fusion cuisines. Asia City’s General’s Chicken are a hit with a sweet, spicy and savory flavors all in one dish plus they have lunch specials which are available from 11am to 2pm if you are in a hurry and on a budget for a savory meal. Dim Sum Garden serves mostly Chinese cuisines, they have a wide variety of dim sum at an affordable price and they’re open until late in the evening. For that after meal drink and dessert, a bubble tea is well deserved and Popocha Tea House along Pembina Highway is popular for their wide selection on teas and fusion fruit tea drinks.
If you are in to partying-the-night-away the modern way, Area Nightclub’s music and live DJ suits you best. With their multiple dance platforms, lights and sounds, the party atmosphere at this club is right on! Tavern United on the other hand is a good hangout place especially for the sports fans. They offer quite a selection of premium beers on tap, aside from their full menu on meals. Recreation sports are also within reach, the Wildewood Club offers sports enthusiasts a picturesque nine (9) hole golf course carved out of Fort Garry Forrest, curling rinks, tennis and badminton courts, and skiing are some of the facilities and activities of the club and is located in North Drive.
Fort Garry has one of the many real estate developments by far as compared to other neighbouring areas. Many condominiums, apartment buildings, and single detached houses alike are being constructed. In 2005, the government of Manitoba approved the construction of a suburb in southwest Winnipeg, Waverly West, as a commitment to provide housing options to the growing population. Bridgewater Lakes, Bridgewater Centre, Bridgewater Forest and South Pointe are among the major developments in the area. New and customized architectural design houses for the modern family are obtainable with these housing projects.
As more and more Winnipeggers are trying to move in to Fort Garry, more people are now residing in the area and will still continue to grow as construction gets completed. Traffic has been a daily struggle in the streets connecting Downtown Winnipeg and neighboring areas. The noise of cars and buses passing by may be a factor to consider especially when you reside near main roads.
Based on the City of Winnipeg’s Crimestat information for the neighborhoods of Fort Garry, it would seem that there have been quite a number of breaking and entering and theft related crimes. But like any other neighborhood, safety precautions are always in place to avoid being a victim. But more so, it is always best to be attentive and alert.
Fort Garry is home to the University of Manitoba (U of M) , which is the first institution of higher education to be established in western Canada, was founded on 1877. The University offers graduate and undergraduate studies of various course programs. They also offer different study options such as online and distance learning, continuing education, summer programs and the like.
Winnipeg Technical College provides secondary and post-secondary students with applied skills for careers in Health Care and Human Services, Information and Business Technology, and Skilled Trades and offers certificate technical/vocational programs, diploma programs such as high school and network security programs. The Little Years Nursery School offers early childhood education in a warm, stimulation and engaging environment. They also have French programs and exciting emergent curriculum for young tots to aid in their learning and development.
Transit buses offer different routes in and around the area. Depending on a location, the availability of transit buses may vary as they follow specific schedules for each route. Such schedules may be viewed through the city service website.
With the age of technology these days, there are quite a number of available mobile applications that may be downloaded for a more accessible way of getting information on routes and schedules.
Fort Garry’s stores and restaurants alike speak of convenience and accessibility to majority of the needs of a family and even for individuals. These are a few of the factors why majority of families consider moving to Fort Garry, along with the design of the newly developed real estate area, availability of parks, houses designed with wide yards, and a cul-de-sac scheme which feels more safe as it wouldn’t be a busy street unlike others, makes for an awesome neighborhood for families.