St. John’s is a community-driven neighbourhood with a friendly, family-oriented vibe. Parks and recreation centres provide opportunities for sports and relaxation, and residents can experience the area’s historic legacy at the Fort Garry Horse Museum and Archives, as well as the over 100-year-old St. John’s Library. A mix of burger joints, Asian fare, and Ukrainian/Polish establishments provide dining options for every taste. Between the major transportation routes that border the neighbourhood are quieter residential side streets.
St. John’s is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba’s North End, and extends from McGregor Street in the west to Main Street to the east, and from Carruthers Avenue in the north to Redwood Avenue in the south. The area is well established, with tree-lined streets and older homes (some dating to before 1946).
There is a strong sense of community amongst the residents, and many activities and events in the area focus on getting people together to enjoy the neighbourhood and what it has to offer. Newer multi-family housing options have brought more people into the area recently, and the population is continuing to grow.
Many community events are held in and around St. John’s, including the annual Picnic in the Park, which is held in St. John’s Park on the east side of Main Street (just outside of the St. John’s neighbourhood). The event has been held each summer since 1999. Over 4,000 community members attend each year to enjoy free food, activities for kids, live entertainment, and an arts and crafts sale.
A Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast has been held every year since 1996 just south of St. John’s. The breakfast event attracts around 1,000 people, and features a craft market and kids area. Proceeds from the event go to support a Christmas hamper campaign, as well as the five catering partners for the event (all of which are community run).
Most dining options are found just a few minutes from St. John’s, in nearby neighbourhoods. The North Star Drive In on McGregor Street offers good old-fashioned burgers and fries, with the option of eating at one of their outdoor picnic tables or ordering to-go (you can even place orders online). For a hardy breakfast or sandwich in a cozy setting, residents can head to Luda’s Deli on Aberdeen Avenue, or for something a bit more exotic, a short jaunt to Binh An Restaurant on Main Street provides a variety of Chinese and Vietnamese dishes that are sure to delight the palate. A popular meeting spot on the east side of Main Street is Boogie’s Diner and Sports Lounge, a lively environment with pool tables, big screen TVs, and a menu offering everything from steak to pizza. A great takeaway and cook-at-home option is fresh perogies from Perogy Planet on Main Street, which offers a variety of flavours from savoury (pepperoni pizza) to sweet (brownie and caramel).
With a combination of single-family and multi-family dwellings, St. John’s offers housing options for a variety of lifestyles. According to City of Winnipeg census information, the average price for single-detached homes in the area is significantly lower than the average price for single-detached homes in Winnipeg. Affordable, well-maintained older homes are appreciated by residents of this community.
The population of St. John’s has grown over the past 10 years and is now at 8,370. Population growth is likely to continue, as government funding has been established to build more multi-family housing in the area. Families make up 25% of the population here, 29% are couples, and 46% are single. The majority of housing is single-detached homes, most of which were built before 1960 (with some from before 1946), but there are also a number of apartment buildings in the area. The average annual income is $47,131, and 37.7% of residents are university or college educated.
St. John’s doesn’t have a pollution problem, but traffic on the major roadways that run through the area can be heavy throughout the day (Main Street and Inkster Boulevard, for example). Smaller side streets in residential parts of the area experience less traffic, resulting in a quieter environment.
The crime rate in St. John’s is quite low, with only about 3% of the city’s overall crime incidents occurring there. The most common types of crime in the area are non-commercial robbery, residential break and enter, and motor vehicle theft.
There are a number of schools in the St. John’s neighbourhood, including elementary schools like Champlain School, Ralph Brown School, and Machray Elementary School. Elementary school students in the area can move on to St. John’s High School. Winnipeg Adult Education Centre offers classes for adults looking to upgrade their education.
There are a number of major bus routes in St. John’s, including Route 38 – Salter, Route 88 – Inkster Industrial Park-Scotia, Route 18 – North Main-Corydon, Route 32 – North Main Express, Route 15 – Sargent-Mountain, and Route 17 – McGregor. These routes provide access to a number of other areas in the city, and routes on Main Street connect to all major routes running through downtown Winnipeg. Bus stops in the area are within walking distance of most residences and businesses.
Ralph Brown Community Centre offers plenty of activities for families, including arts and crafts, holiday parties, ice skating, and movie days. St. John’s Leisure Centre provides a space for families to play sports, learn how to cook new recipes, and participate in a variety of workshops. The North Y Youth Centre (operated by the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg) has drop-in programs for youth and offers a safe space for them to learn and play.
Parks in St. John’s include Machray Park, which has playground equipment, a wading pool, and a splash pad; McGregor Playground, an open green space; and Salter Tot Lot, featuring green space and playground equipment. St. John’s Park is located east of the St. John’s neighbourhood and offers floral gardens, walking paths, play areas, a bowling green, a wading pool, and sheltered picnic areas. Other family-friendly activities include bowling at Billy Mosienko Lanes, visiting the St. John’s Library (built in 1915), and exploring military history at the Fort Garry Horse Museum and Archives at the McGregor Armoury.