The Leila-McPhillips Triangle is an excellent option for families, as the neighbourhood and surrounding areas offer community centres, parks, and a variety of activities ranging from movies to sports. The neighbourhood is newer than some of the other areas of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and residents have numerous amenities nearby on the busier streets. There is a cultural mix of Filipino, South Asian, Ukrainian, First Nations, and Indian, to name just a few, and a number of languages are spoken among the neighbourhood’s residents.
The Leila-McPhillips Triangle was once part of the City of West Kildonan, before it was incorporated into the City of Winnipeg. The neighbourhood spans from Pipeline Road in the west to McPhillips Street in the east, and from Leila Avenue in the north to Bender Bay in the south.
While the neighbourhood is predominantly residential, there are many amenities available on the main roadways bordering the area, such as restaurants, retail stores, and community centres/gyms. Most of the homes here were built within the past 30 years, and the area feels more modern than some of the older areas in the city do.
Garden City Shopping Centre, located just outside of the Leila-McPhillips Triangle, holds a number of different events throughout the year. One of the largest events held here is the Fabulous 50’s Ford Club’s Annual Flashback Weekend car show, which takes place in the mall’s south parking lot. Over 30,000 people attend the show to see 1,200 classic and specialty vehicles, enjoy live music, and soak up the last of the September sunshine.
The movie theatre at Northgate Shopping Centre, located just south of the Leila-McPhillips Triangle, is a great place to have a date night or spend time with the family. The theatre has eight screens (three of which are 3D), as well as a games area. A night out for adults can be had at Essence nightclub, south of the Leila-McPhillips Triangle at Canad Inns Garden City. The venue features a large dance floor and local and international DJs.
Besides the many chain restaurants near the Leila-McPhillips Triangle, there are local restaurants such as Brick and Whiskey Bar and Grill, which offers burgers, nachos, potato skins, and a variety of drink options in a friendly atmosphere. Mikan Sushi has numerous fresh sushi options that can be ordered to eat at the restaurant or for takeout. The Thunderbird Restaurant has been operating since 1961 and patrons can find all kinds of comfort food there, such as sandwiches, burgers, and fried chicken. A Chinese buffet is on offer at Buffet Square, which is a kid-friendly option with something for everyone.
The Leila-McPhillips Triangle has a mix of single-family homes and multi-family housing such as apartment buildings and row houses. According to City of Winnipeg census information, the average price for single-detached homes in the area is less than the average price for single-detached homes in Winnipeg.
The neighbourhood’s population has decreased slightly over the past 10 years and is now at 2,955. New developments in the area will likely increase the population in the near future. Families make up 47% of the population here, 13% are couples, and 40% are single. A large proportion of housing in the area is single-detached homes, most of which were built after 1960 (and many between 1981 and 1990, in particular), but there are also many apartment buildings in the area. The average annual income is $61,826, and 50.9% of residents are university or college educated.
Pollution doesn’t affect the Leila-McPhillips Triangle, but major roadways in the neighbourhood have plenty of traffic noise (Leila Avenue and McPhillips Street in particular). There is less traffic on many of the area’s side streets, resulting in a quieter residential environment.
The crime rate in the Leila-McPhillips Triangle is less than 1% of the city’s overall rate. The most common types of crime in the area are commercial robbery, commercial break and enter, and motor vehicle theft.
There are no schools in the Leila-McPhillips Triangle neighbourhood, but there are options just outside of the area. Elementary schools include James Nisbet School, Elwick Community School, and R.F. Morrison School. Students in the area can then move on to Garden City Collegiate. Seven Oaks Adult Education and Crossroads Learning Centre offer classes for adults looking to upgrade their education.
The Leila-McPhillips Triangle has a number of major bus routes running through and around it, including Route 17 – McGregor, Route 18 – North Main-Corydon, Route 33 – Maples, Route 34 – McPhillips Express, Route 36 – Northwest Super Express, Route 71 – Arlington, and Route 77 – Crosstown North. These routes provide transportation to a number of other neighbourhoods, including downtown Winnipeg, from where passengers can access main routes to any area of the city. The bus stops in the neighbourhood are within walking distance of many residences and businesses.
The Garden City Community Centre provides opportunities for people of all ages to participate in hockey, soccer, basketball, and baseball. The Centre also has public ice skating times, as well as facilities that can be rented for events. Kids and adults can take classes in tae kwon do at Choi’s Tae Kwon Do School in Garden City Shopping Centre. Tauber Music School is also located in the mall and offers classes for children and adults in piano, guitar, voice, and other instruments.
Parks in and around the Leila-McPhillips Triangle include Simkin Park, which is located right in the neighbourhood and provides a large greenspace for activities like soccer; Dobrinsky Park, also located in the neighbourhood and with playground equipment and greenspace for soccer; James Nisbet Park, which is just outside of the area and includes a soccer field and a baseball diamond; and Garden City Park, a very large greenspace just outside of the neighbourhood that has multiple soccer fields and baseball diamonds.