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Whether you are looking for your first or next home, choosing the right neighbourhood is one of the most critical decisions you will need to make. After you move in, something incredible happens: a collection of houses, businesses, schools and parks becomes something entirely different, it becomes your community.

For more than 60 years, Cambrian Credit Union has been a part of Winnipeg and Selkirk communities, and we have had the pleasure of helping thousands of home buyers every year with mortgages made just for Winnipeg and Selkirk.

We wanted to share with you why we love the communities we serve, to help you decide where you want to call home.

Discover the beautiful neighborhoods where we live and work.


About the Artist

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Alex Plante is a digital illustrator based in Winnipeg, MB. With 15+ years of digital art experience under her belt, she has helped us showcase the beauty of each of our communities. You can follow her on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter at @alexplantewpg or visit her site to see more of her work.




Find Your Community

 

“Strolling down the tree-lined streets or exploring the local green space is what I enjoy most about living in Fort Garry.”

In 1988, Cambrian merged with Heritage Credit Union, and we have been in the Fort Garry neighbourhood ever since. In 2011, we moved to our current location at 60 Bison Street – a building that we designed and built.

Fort Garry was incorporated as a rural municipality in 1912, one year after the University of Manitoba started building their campus in the area. At the time, some Winnipeggers thought the placement of the University of Manitoba campus was an odd choice given it was surrounded by farmland and fairly far from most residential areas. It is amazing to see how far Fort Garry has grown since then! Fort Garry became a part of the city of Winnipeg in 1972, when 11 municipalities amalgamated with the old city of Winnipeg to form a new unified city of Winnipeg.

That was the past – what about the present? Fort Garry is a diverse area, home to both university students and long-term residents alike, who enjoy the tree-lined streets and family-friendly activities the area has to offer.

Green space is abundant in Fort Garry, which features many parks and trails. One well-known park is Kings Park: a family favourite for dog walks, photoshoots at the pagoda, reflections in the gardens and labyrinth and tobogganing off the hill in winter.

Living in some areas of Fort Garry means you may be close enough to walk to Investors Group Field to cheer on our Winnipeg Blue Bombers, University of Manitoba Bisons, and Winnipeg Rifles. Whether you attend the events or not, you can expect a thrilling jet fly-by on Bomber game days.

If you’re a foodie, you’ll definitely want to visit the variety of Chinese restaurants in the area. In the mood for something else? Try sushi burritos, or bubble tea instead! In the summer, visit the nearby St. Norbert Farmers Market to pick up locally-sourced products, including produce, baking, jewelry and gifts.

In Fort Garry, expect to find homes from a variety of decades, from the 1960s to 1980s, or newer homes. There’s something for everyone in Fort Garry. 

 

“With so much to do right in my own backyard, Kildonan has been a wonderful neighbourhood to settle down in.”

Welcome to Kildonan! We love living and working here and we hope you will too.

The Cambrian Branch at 1366 Henderson Highway is our largest branch, having served the Kildonan community since 1959. At that time, our branch was located at Rowandale & Henderson; Cambrian designed and built our current branch, relocating to it in 2007.

Kildonan was primarily an agricultural area when it was established as a municipality in 1876. It is split into four main areas: East Kildonan (since 1914), West Kildonan (since 1914) Old Kildonan (since 1921) and North Kildonan (since 1925).

Kildonan has a variety of culinary options including delicatessens, Ukrainian food, Iranian food, classic French baked goods and various other cuisine. Any discussion about this neighbourhood would be incomplete without talking about Kildonan Park. Since its founding in 1909, it has been a retreat from busy city life, with 39 hectares of park area, featuring ice skating, and tobogganing in the winter, and an outdoor pool and splash pad in the summer. Theatre fan? Make sure to book tickets to see a show at Rainbow Stage, Canada’s longest-running outdoor theatre. We love visiting the park, no matter what time of year it is!

The most famous – and spookiest landmark in Kildonan Park is the Witch’s Hut – or das Hexenhaus. The Witch’s hut was constructed in 1970 and designed by Hans Peter Langes, a local architect. It was built as a gift to Manitoba’s children by the German Community of Manitoba.

Kildonan also features another park with a rich history: St. John’s Park. Founded over 125 years ago, St. John’s Park is a place for learning and healing which highlights the history of many cultures including Indigenous Canadians. Kapabamayak Achaak, meaning Wandering Spirit in Ojibwe, is a memorial of children lost to or affected by residential schools located within the park. It features an Indigenous granite medicine wheel that finds the glint of the sun on a prairie summer day.

Those who prefer older style homes will enjoy finding character homes built around the turn of the century in Kildonan. Looking for something a little more modern? You can also find new developments and condos in Peguis – Kildonan Crossing.

 

“Strolling under the canopy of majestic ash, elm and oak trees… This is why I love calling River Heights home.”

Cambrian welcomes you to River Heights!

River Heights is home to our newest branch at 1200 Grant Avenue, which opened its doors in 2016, after relocating from our previous location at 735 Pembina Highway.

River Heights has plenty of rich history. Did you know that Carpathia Road in River Heights was named for the ship that rescued the survivors of the Titanic? Many prominent Winnipeggers, including the Fortune family were on the ill-fated voyage.

Located right in River Heights is a world class aquatic facility: Pan Am Pool. It was built in 1967 for the Pan American Games and was used once again when the games returned to Winnipeg in 1999.

Nowadays, there is plenty to do (and eat!) in River Heights. Local niche shops and quaint patios line the streets, providing plenty of shopping and dining options. From the peaceful, tree-lined residential streets, to the Little Italy on Corydon and the lush winding path on Wellington, there are amenities in River Heights for any mood.

River Heights is centrally-located, close to downtown and to major commercial shopping areas like Polo Park. The majority of homes that adorn the tree-lined streets in River Heights were constructed in the 1950s. The majestic trees lining the streets are so iconic that many streets in the area are named after them.

 

“Every day I say hello to my friendly neighbours and bring my children to play in the park down the street. Seven Oaks just feels like home.”

Cambrian has been a part of the Seven Oaks neighbourhood since our very beginning. Back when Cambrian was founded in 1959 as the Co-operators Credit Union, one of our original branches was on McPhillips. More than 60 years later, we are proud to continue serving the community at our branch at 2136 McPhillips Street.

As a community, Seven Oaks wears many faces. It is an area with a diverse population, made up of residents from all over the globe, including the Philippines, India, Portugal, and Indigenous Canadians. We celebrate the diverse makeup of our community and have staff at the McPhillips branch that can assist you in Tagalog and Hindi.

Seven Oaks also has a rich history and features the oldest house in Winnipeg, which is now known as the Seven Oaks House Museum. This home was once owned by John and Mary Inkster, a Métis family that was prominent in the community at the time. John Inkster was a stone mason with the Hudson’s Bay Company, and was later the Justice of the Peace, Magistrate and Councillor of Assiniboia.

Today, Seven Oaks features a variety of delicious dining options, including sushi, Chinese, pizza and Indian cuisine. Looking for Asian foods and ingredients? You’re in luck because Seven Oaks is home to several Asian grocery stores. For your shopping needs, stop by Garden City Shopping Centre, which is home to more than 70 stores.

In Seven Oaks you will find homes built in the 80s in neighbourhoods such as Tyndall Park and Garden Grove. Looking for a newer home? Amber Trails is a new subdivision, with homes still being built today.

We can’t wait to welcome you home to Seven Oaks, and hope you love the community just as much as we do!

 

“I appreciate the community feel in South West Winnipeg. In communities like ours, neighbours become friends.”

Cambrian’s branch at 60 Bison Street, which was designed and built by us, has been serving the South West of Winnipeg since 2011 and has watched it grow!

South West Winnipeg is an area bustling with activity, made up of newer neighbourhoods like Bridgwater, Whyte Ridge and Waverly West which continue to expand. There is lots to do outdoors in these new developments, which feature walking and biking trails, parks and ponds with the resident Canada geese and their goslings.

If you’re looking for a newer home, South Winnipeg is a great place to start. With plenty of new developments, you can work with a builder to build the home of your dreams, or purchase a newer home that is move-in ready. Prefer a condo lifestyle? There are plenty of condominiums in the area too.

For those looking to explore nature right in their own backyard, there is FortWhyte Alive, which is made up of more than 660 acres of green space where you can watch migratory birds or marvel at the resident bison herd. In addition to 7 KM of hiking trails, FortWhyte Alive offers cycling, mountain biking, skiing and tobogganing. Want to get on the water instead? Rent a canoe or rowboat and do some fishing.

There are plenty of shopping options along Kenaston, including Outlet Collection Winnipeg and several big box stores. After a long day of shopping, sit back and relax at one of the many restaurants in the area. Choose from sushi, burgers, comfort food, Italian and Indian cuisine. You don’t have to go very far to get everything you need when you live in the South West end of the city.

 

“I love being surrounded by history, and being able to walk over the bridge to The Forks and downtown is a great bonus!”

Bienvenue à St. Boniface! St. Boniface is a beautiful neighbourhood and we know you’ll love the area just as much as we love working here.

Cambrian has been serving our members in the St. Boniface area since 1988, with branches on Marion Street and on Vermillion Road in Southdale. In fact, Cambrian’s Corporate Head Office was housed on the 2nd floor of our Marion location before moving to our newly built corporate office building at 225 Broadway in 2001.

Located directly across the river from downtown, St. Boniface has a rich history, dating back to the founding of the province of Manitoba, with Louis Riel, the province’s founding father, buried at the iconic St. Boniface Cathedral. You will frequently hear French spoken throughout this area, with many French-speaking residents and a large selection of French schools and French immersion schools. If you want your children to grow up speaking French on the playground, St. Boniface is a great place to be.

There are many things to do in St. Boniface! Enjoy a beautiful trek across the Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge, connecting to The Forks and Downtown, explore the ruins of the St Boniface Cathedral, visit the adjacent oldest structure in Manitoba, the St. Boniface Museum or take in a play at the Cercle Molière, the oldest theatre company running since 1925. There is also a ton of great food in St. Boniface. Looking to indulge in classically Canadian fare? Grab tourtière or poutine. Prefer sweets? Satisfy your sweet tooth at the local chocolatier or grab a “crème glacée” at the kiosk on the bridge.

If you’re looking for a new pastime, take up rowing on the Red River, at the Winnipeg Rowing Club, the second oldest rowing club in Canada or walk/bike down Lyndale Drive winding along the river.

The community especially comes alive every February when St. Boniface hosts the largest Western Canadian winter festival, Festival du Voyageur, where you’ll find beautiful snow sculptures displayed all around the 1800’s replica of the Fort Gibraltar in Whittier Park, music, food and lots of good times.

The homes in St. Boniface are as varied as the area itself. You can find homes built in the 80s and 90s in Island Lakes, or older homes built in the 1950s in Windsor Park, or old-world charm character homes built in the early 1900s in the older sections of the community. There are also newer condo complexes located conveniently close to downtown.

 

“Calling St. James home means walks at local parks beneath the airplanes flying by and driving past the iconic piano sign on Portage Avenue.”

The community of St. James pre-dates the founding of Manitoba and even the founding of Canada, having been given the name St. James in 1853. Cambrian has called St. James home since 1998, following our merger with Manitoba Teachers Credit Union, and offers full financial services at our branch at 3421 Portage Ave. We’ve been at our current location since 2003.

Consistent with the planes you’ll likely see flying above you, aviation is central to the area’s history as the home to Royal Canadian Air Force 17 Wing base and the Winnipeg James Armstrong International Airport. If you’re interested in learning more about aviation in the region, check out the Air Force Museum and Air Park, the largest outdoor park of its kind or the refurbished T-33 red jet in Woodhaven Park.

Summers are always too short in Winnipeg so you’ll want to take advantage of the beautiful weather to spend time outdoors at the Living Prairie Museum where you can explore the 13 hectare preserve with over 150 varieties of wildflower, grasses and shrubs that call this little piece of nature home! Or buy yourself an ice cream and wander over the walking bridge into the beautiful Assiniboine Park.

It is only a short gander to the Assiniboia Downs, which offers live horse racing in the summer. Whether you’re an experienced equestrian, or like to bet based on the cleverest name or prettiest horse, a day at the tracks is an enjoyable one for many. Right next door you’ll find the Red River Exhibition, home to many events including the Red River Ex, a once-a-year Winnipeg experience featuring rides, carnival games, competitions (such as the quilting competition), entertainment, culinary delights like beaver tails and an interactive barn.  

St. James is a well-established community, with an abundance of shopping – including CF Polo Park, and many dining and amenities in close proximity. Most houses in the area were built between 1950 and 1980. St. James is also home to Manitoba’s first condo, Birch Park Condominiums.

We’re happy to welcome you to the neighbourhood! 

 

“What I love about St. Vital is the outdoor beauty galore, whether it's the river winding through the community or the green space in the area.”

Cambrian has been part of the St. Vital community since 1996 and is proud to help our members reach their financial goals out of our branch at 1602 St. Mary's Road. 

St. Vital was founded by Francophone settlers in 1822 and is the second oldest permanent settlement in Manitoba. The neighbourhood was seriously impacted by the 1950 flood – which brought about the Red River Floodway. The old St. Vital Fire Hall acted as a command centre during that flood and is still in use today as both an ambulance station and museum.

Within St. Vital itself, the neighbourhoods vary significantly, with many homes built prior to 1960, contrasted against newer developments that continue to expand in the area. Today, St. Vital has many distinctive communities, from the beauty and history of Vieux St. Vital to the new developments of River Park South.

Enjoy the great outdoors all year round in the Winnipeg favorite, St. Vital Park. Have a family barbecue at the barbecue pits while the children enjoy the play structure. If you’ve got a passion for boating, use the boat launch in St Vital park to begin your journey through Winnipeg’s river system. And, just because it’s cold in the winter doesn’t mean you need to stay indoors! Lace up your skates for a spin around the duck pond or hit the tobogganing hill which features the city’s first wheelchair accessible slide.

If you have a dog, Maple Grove Dog Park is a perfect oasis, with almost 13 hectares of fields, forests and riverbank. It even features a smaller fenced-in area for new puppies, smaller dogs and those that don’t respond well to “come”. 

Beyond green space, the community is home to St. Vital Mall and a variety of mom and pop shops for convenient access to shopping. True to the community’s roots, the French-speaking population is prominent in St. Vital and offers French elementary school, French high school and French immersion schools. 

 

“A distinctly unique neighbourhood, which feels as much like its own town as it does part of Winnipeg.”

Cambrian has been a part of the Transcona community since 1998, when we merged with Manitoba Teachers Credit Union. You can find our branch at 100-855 Regent Avenue West, near Transcona’s downtown area, where we’ve been located since 2006.

That’s right! Transcona still has its own downtown! With Transcona’s roots as a municipality that amalgamated along with 11 other communities into the city of Winnipeg in 1972, it still maintains its own distinctive downtown. This special area welcomes you with its iconic archway, historic buildings and places to stroll and gather, like Transcona Centennial Square.

Like so many communities that make up Winnipeg, Transcona was founded to support the railways, beginning in 1909 as the location of repair shops for the Grand Trunk Pacific and National Transcontinental Railways. Transcona’s history with the railway is commemorated with the CN Steam Locomotive No. 2747, now located in Rotary Heritage Park. This train was built in Transcona in 1926 and was in service until 1960. Upon its retirement, it was brought home to Transcona and is owned by the Transcona Museum. The Transcona Museum is current raising money for a permanent shelter to house the CN 2747.

Close to the train exhibit, you can enjoy some of the lovely green spaces this community has to offer, including the Transcona Trail and Transcona Community Bioreserve. It’s easy to become part of the Transcona community: put a pink flamingo in your yard and attend the Hi Neighbour Festival. The Transcona Hi Neighbour Festival is a great way to get out and celebrate your neighbourhood with events such as a parade, musical acts, local food vendors and a midway! While you’re there, make sure to get a photo with the statue of the Transcona Hi Neighbour mascot, Hi Neighbour Sam, which can be found on Regent Avenue West.

When it comes to homes, there’s something for everyone in Transcona, where you can expect to find homes built between 1960 – 1980, but if you’re interested in a home that was built more recently, look no further than Devonshire Village.  

We’ll see you in Transcona! 

 

“I am inspired by the diversity of the West End every day, with its unique blend of culture, cuisine and shopping.”

Cambrian’s loves for Winnipeg’s West End dates back more than 60 years, since our beginnings in 1959 at our branch on Wall Street. In 2011 we relocated into brand new digs at 1-1085 Ellice Street.

Here is an overview of some of our favourite things about the West End. 

The West End is a vibrant and diverse community. Did you know that the West End is home to almost 1,000 businesses? Wander your new neighbourhood to discover an incredible selection of delicious food. Filipino, Vietnamese, and Ethiopian cuisine are just a few of the different types of food you’ll find here in the West End.

In addition to local businesses, the West End is located in close proximity to CF Polo Park, the largest mall in the city, and a multitude of box stores. Practically anything you would ever need can be found in and around the West End.

Filled your belly and shopping bags and ready to explore? One of the things the West End is famous for is its murals. There are over 50 murals throughout the neighbourhood. Book a tour or find a map online – or if you’d prefer, simply explore and see what you can find on your walk.

One of the iconic buildings in the area is the West End Cultural Centre, a non-profit artistic venue housed within its iconic church building, featuring a diverse selection of local artists, musicians and live events

The West End was developed in the late 1800s and early 1900s as a residential neighbourhood to support the rapid growth of the city of Winnipeg. Erin and Wall Street are two of the oldest streets in the area, built close to the CN Rail lines. The West End holds a lot of historical significance, including Valour Road, appropriately named as the street that was home to 3 Victoria Cross recipients from World War 1.

The West End is also home to the University of Winnipeg, which dates back over 145 years and serves approximately 10,000 students, with almost 10% of them self-identifying as Indigenous, which is one of the strongest Indigenous participation rates at a Canadian University.

If you’re looking for a character home, the West End is the place to look. In Wolseley, most of the homes were built between 1905 and 1930, which means you’ll be living in an area with beautiful, mature trees and homes that look as if they were taken out of a history book.

 

“There’s so much to do in and around Selkirk – I love taking my kids skating at the local rinks, and we’re a 30 minute drive from Lake Winnipeg.”

Cambrian has been a staple along Main Street in Selkirk for over 60 years and we love to call our branch at 282 Main Street home. We’re continuing to invest in our branch, and are just finalizing a full renovation of the branch. Our staff live and work in Selkirk and can be frequently spotted participating and volunteering at events all around town.

Selkirk has a rich history, which you can learn all about at the national historic site of Lower Fort Garry. At Lower Fort Garry you’ll see a number of stone buildings, which were built as early as 1831. On certain days, they offer walking tours where you have the chance to travel back in time with costumed interpreters and fun activities like candle making and wood carving.

If you are passionate about fishing, Selkirk is a great city for you! The Red River is home to 5 of the all time records in the Manitoba Master Angler Program: Channel Catfish, Common Carp, Freshwater Drum (Silver Bass), Lake Sturgeon, and Walleye. In fact, Selkirk is known as the Catfish Capital of North America, as the Red River houses catfish that grow in excess of 20 pounds. In honour of the monster catfish found in the river, you can find Chuck the Channel Cat, a 25-foot-high fiberglass catfish statue proudly displayed on Main Street. Selkirk also features the last remaining lift bridge in Manitoba and the Marine Museum of Manitoba.

If you like the outdoors, Selkirk has plenty of nature to enjoy! Visit Selkirk Park for a picnic or hike or cool off at the sandy splash pad. If you’ve got a dog tagging along, they’ll be happy to roam the fenced off-leash dog park. If you’re in the mood for an outdoor workout, visit Hydro Park, a free outdoor fitness facility for people 14 years and older. 

In the winter time, marvel at what has been described as a mini-city of ice shacks that sit atop the Red River, which are set up for ice fishing. Other fun winter activities include cheering on the Selkirk Steelers or signing up for a local curling league.

Most homes in Selkirk were built between 1950 and 1980. For those looking for a new build, you’re in luck: there are several new subdivisions just outside Selkirk, including Heritage Grove Estates.





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