2022 Winners

Best Tour

2022 - Best Tour

Université de Saint-Boniface *NEW*

Located at 200 de la Cathedrale Avenue

The Université de Saint-Boniface is the oldest educational institution in Western Canada, tracing its origins back to 1818. The present building, designed in the Greco-Roman style by architect J.O. Turgeon of Montreal, houses the University since 1922, after a fire cost ten lives and razed the 1880 building to the ground. Mainly recognized for its majestic dome, the building is the setting for many interesting stories. It is said that the cupola was once the perfect place for students to hide and socialize with beer and cigarettes. A unique opportunity to visit our dome!

L’Université de Saint-Boniface est le plus ancien établissement d’enseignement de l’Ouest canadien et retrace ses origines à 1818. Le bâtiment actuel, qui a été conçu par l’architecte J.O. Turgeon de Montréal dans le style gréco-romain, héberge l’Université depuis 1922 et ce, en raison d’un incendie qui a coûté la vie de dix individus et qui a rasé l’édifice construit en 1880. Sa coupole majestueuse aurait apparemment été un lieu convoité pour les collégiens qui cherchaient à boire et à fumer en cachette. Une occasion unique pour visiter la coupole!

Best Overall Experience

2022 - Best Overall Experience

Behind Bars: The Vaughan Street Jail

Located at 444 York Avenue

For the building’s 140th birthday, join inmates and other troublesome characters and learn about the famous, infamous and notorious who graced these somber halls. Witness a silly escape attempt, new props and characters!

Best Architecture

2022 - Best Architecture

Dalnavert Museum Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Tour

Located at 61 Carlton Street

Choose-your-own-adventure through Winnipeg’s Victorian Past! Built on Treaty 1 land in 1895, Dalnavert is now a national historic site and one of the finest examples of Queen Anne Revival architecture in Western Canada. The fully furnished family home of the Macdonald’s is filled with period artifacts and antiques featuring a day in the life of an affluent family in 19th century Winnipeg. At Doors Open, you will be treated to a unique and in depth tour of 3 rooms of your choosing.

2021 Winners

Best Tour

2021 Best Tour

Ghost Signs Walking Tour

Located at The Cube, Old Market Square

Join tour guide Matt Cohen and walk the Exchange District in search of ghost signs. Discover the area’s fading promotional signage and learn more about the companies that called these warehouses home. This 90-minute tour will allow participants to travel back in time and get to know the businesses behind the ads and the impact they played in shaping the landscape of the district.

Best Overall Experience

2021 Best Overall Experience

Behind Bars: The Vaughan Street Jail

Located at 444 York Avenue

Walk around this 140 year old foreboding former gaol (jail) and hear tales from yesteryear that will surely shock and surprise you into improved attendance at work or school. Okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but the improvement will definitely be noticed during the tour as you listen to stories of famous Canadians from both sides of the bars, inmate treatment, 19th century law, see a flogging rack, walk into solitary confinement, and visit the lunatic cell.

Best Architecture

2021 Best Architecture

Dalnavert Museum Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Tour

Located at 61 Carlton Street

Go back in time as soon as you step into this small mansion in the heart of Downtown. One of the finest examples of Queen Anne Revival architecture in Western Canada, the house has an impressive collection of 19th century decorative arts all out on display as they might have been back in 1895. A national historic site, it feature rooms on the main floor such as the Kitchen stove with built-in waffle iron, and the parlour with its papier-mâché chess board table!

2020 Winners

Best Tour

2020 Best Tour

Haunted History Tour

Located at Memorial Provincial Park

Join one of Winnipeg’s most experienced guides, Matthew Komus, author of the book Haunted Winnipeg: Ghost Stories from the Heart of the Continent, on a tour of haunted history. The walk combines historical fact with ghost stories connected to three well-known Winnipeg buildings. Starting at Vaughan Street Jail, the tour proceeds to the Manitoba Legislature Building and concludes at Dalnavert Museum.

Best Overall Experience

2020 Best Overall Experience

Behind Bars: The Vaughan Street Jail

Located at 444 York Avenue

Open to the public for only two days a year, walk through this former jail where you will hear tales of famous Canadians from both sides of the bars, inmate treatment, 19th century law, child criminals and executions. The Jailer will surely shock and surprise you into improved attendance at work or school! And don’t miss your chance to learn about the 1918 “Spanish flu” – a pandemic of the past!

2019 Winners

Best Overall Experience

2019 Best Overall Experience

Behind Bars: The Vaughan Street Jail

Located at 444 York Avenue

The Vaughan Street Jail was built in 1881 by architect Charles Osborne Wickensen, and was later modified by Samuel Hooper in 1909. It is the oldest provincially owned building still standing within the City limits. There are significant local and Canadian historical figures connected to this building, and yet unfortunately, there is still no heritage designation.

2018 Winners

Best Restoration

2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
Best Restoration

Dalnavert Museum Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Tour

Located at 61 Carlton Street

The Dalnavert Museum and Visitor’ Centre has undergone an incredible transformation through detailed restoration that is immediately visible to guests as they enter the 1895 home of Sir Hugh John MacDonald, son of Prime Minister John A MacDonald. The grand old house was nearly lost in the 1970s, and was slated for demolition. Thanks to dedicated volunteers and philanthropists, restoration to the house began almost immediately after the purchase.

Then again in 2014 Dalnavert Museum was closed and in risk of being lost forever. The Friends of Dalnavert Museum was formed and took over ownership with a new business model. In 2015 the museum officially reopened stronger than ever, guaranteeing it will be part of our social and architectural fabric for generations to come.

Best Guided Tour/Programming

2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
Best Guided Tour/Programming

Behind Bars: The Vaughan Street Jail

Located at 444 York Avenue

The Vaughan Street Jail was built in 1881 by architect Charles Osborne Wickensen, and was later modified by Samuel Hooper in 1909. It is the oldest provincially owned building still standing within the City limits. There are significant local and Canadian historical figures connected to this building, and yet unfortunately, there is still no heritage designation.

2018 The "HIDDEN GEM"

Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church

Located at 505 Watt Street

Holy Eucharist Church was first established in 1918 by Ukrainian Catholic Bishop Nykyta Budka, the Church today built in 1954 is located on Watt and Munroe and is adorned with a hand-carved Iconostas, crystal chandelier and stained glass windows and frescoes done by famous artists Mol, Kowal, Hordynsky, and Prairie Studio Glass.

2016 Winners

The Hidden Gem

2016 - The Hidden Gem

Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church

Located at 505 Watt Street

The original Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Parish was built in 1919. It was the third Ukrainian Catholic church built in Winnipeg. In the 1940s, East Kildonan was growing. The small church wasn’t large enough to house the ever growing congregation.
The new building was constructed in 1954, six blocks north of the original location. Today the Church is well known for its perogy suppers.
It is home to the Millennium Senior’s Centre, and the council #11330 of the Knights of Columbus.

The Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Parish had 168 visitors in one day over the weekend of Doors Open. The visitors to their site received a taste of the church’s famous perogies.

2015 Winners

Best Architecture

2015 - Best Architecture

Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church

Located at 505 Watt Street

The Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church located at 505 Watt Street is one of Elmwood’s hidden treasures. Built to replace the original Holy Eucharist Church in 1954, this building is a sight to behold, adorned with stained glass windows and frescoes by famous artists, hand-carved Iconostas, and a crystal chandelier. The original parish was established in 1919 along with the original church, which was only the third Ukrainian Catholic Church to be built in the city. This was the first year that the Holy Eucharist participated in Doors Open Winnipeg, hosting nearly 500 visitors over the weekend! A valuable and beautiful addition to our Doors Open event, we are pleased to offer such a unique architectural gem in East Kildonan and we hope to include them again next year!

2014 Winners

Best Architecture

2014 - Best Architecture

Manitoba Underground Opera at the Millennium Centre

Located at 389 Main Street

The Millennium Centre, built for the bank in 1912 by national architects Darling and Pearson. This magnificent landmark building features monumental granite, a tapestry room whose floor has recently been refinished, and a marble banking hall capped by a gorgeous dome of stained glass. Since the 2000 immense progress has been made in its restoration thanks to the non-profit organization – 389 Main St. Heritage Corporation, and a generous donation by Bill & Shirley Loewen. This year for Doors Open, the Millennium Centre also featured a beautiful exhibit by the Costume Museum of Canada.

For 15 years our Executive Director has sat on the Board of the Millennium Centre to help preserve the building and continue to make it economically sustainability. The current business plan with Storm Catering facilitates events & gives much needed revenue for maintaining the building. Future plans include re-developing the upper floors, and Heritage Winnipeg creating a first-ever Heritage & Arts Interpretive Centre.

2013 Winners

Best Architecture

2013 - Best Architecture

Manitoba Underground Opera at the Millennium Centre

Located at 389 Main Street

The Millennium Centre (former Bank of Commerce) located at 389 Main Street had over 900 site visits in one day. This building was built for the bank in 1912 by national architects Darling and Pearson. This magnificent landmark building has been preserved for many years and is a grade one designated building. Since 2000, immense progress has been made thanks to the non-profit organization – 389 Main St. Heritage Corporation and a generous donation by Bill & Shirley Loewen. The centre features monumental granite and a marble-banking hall, capped with a stained glass dome 15 meters above.

For 13 years our Executive Director has sat on the Board of the Millennium Centre to help preserve the building and continue to make it economically sustainability. The current business plan with Storm Catering facilitates events & gives much needed revenue for maintaining the building. Future plans include re-developing the upper floors, and Heritage Winnipeg creating a first-ever Heritage & Arts Interpretive Centre.

2011 Winners

The Hidden Gem

2011 - The Hidden Gem

St James (the Assiniboine) Anglican Church (Heritage location)

Located at 525 Tylehurst Street