I’m Walkin’ (like the 1957 song by Fats Domino)

I’m Walkin’ (like the 1957 song by Fats Domino)

From the Golden Boy to our new heritage park, you’ll be on intimate terms with our city in a stroll like this along Broadway.

 Tom Dercola

The new Upper Fort Garry Provincial Heritage Park.
The new Upper Fort Garry Provincial Heritage Park.

As the summer draws to a close I feel the tug, albeit a very faint one now, that I should be preparing my class materials for the first day of a new school year. But then, I think, No… that was another career ago.

By mid-month, though, I’ll be back on the air on Sunday afternoons with my good buds, Chadd Cawson and Bob Migliore, with a new season of Malts, Mustangs and Memories and The Memories Show.

In the meantime, I am continuing with my summer rambles through the city, particularly the downtown area. There are some really interesting self-directed walking tours for the novice walker.

First off, I purchased a Peggo Card. The card cost me $5 and I bought $25 worth of fares. However, after I had used the card, I received the $5 back in the form of additional time on my card. Each time I board the bus, my card is scanned. The scanner shows me the fee and also how much cash is still on my card. It means no more piles of change in my pants pocket or hunting for my bus tickets.

As I leave the house with my backpack loaded with a bottle of suntan lotion, a bottle of water, extra socks and my camera, I am ready to head out.

Why walk? Cancer Care Manitoba has the backing of a very large study that shows that exercise reduces the risk of 13 cancers. It’s the latest evidence in a growing area of research suggesting that exercise may play a role in both cancer prevention and healthy survivorship.

Cancer Care has also advised CJNU listeners to be prepared for summer sunshine

  • Wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • When possible, plan outdoor activities for before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m. between April and September.
  • Use sunscreen labelled “broad spectrum” and “water-resistant” with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 on skin not covered by clothing. Apply sunscreen generously and reapply when required.

The first walk I mapped out starts at the legislature for an inspiring view of the Golden Boy perched a top the neoclassical building completed in 1920. Take a look inside or save it for another trip after you have read The Hermetic Code by Frank Albo. Stroll among the gardens. Enjoy the flowers, the memorials and the statues and even some of the bears on Broadway. These are good places for some quiet contemplation.

As you proceed east on Broadway, take a side trip to 6 Carlton Street to visit Dalnavert. Dalnavert was built in 1895 for Sir Hugh John Macdonald and his family. The Queen Anne revival style home has been meticulously restored to offer a glimpse of Canada’s early years, through the lens of an affluent Winnipeg family. Admission is a nominal $5 for seniors, but check the web page for times and days open.

Back to Broadway, keep walking east to the iconic Fort Garry Hotel. Built over 100 years ago as a luxury hotel by one of Canada’s railway companies, it was the first commercial building to be erected on Broadway and the only hotel to be built there.

One of the newest parks is Upper Fort Garry provincial heritage park at the corner of Broadway and Main. It is the vestige of a fort that had been built in1835, eventually fell into disrepair and was demolished when Main Street was straightened in 1882.

The final stage of your walking tour is Union Station across Main Street. Thousands of immigrants passed through its doors over the years and, equally, thousands of young men boarded the trains heading to camps during both world wars.

In a straight line, this tour will cover 1.2 kilometres

Tom has been an avid walker since his mother would take him on 2.4 km walks to the Dominion Theatre to get a free dinner place setting.



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