Street Names
Historical Photos of the Red River Settlement

Elements from the history of the Red River Settlement as well as the natural history of  the Sage Creek area can be found in our street names.

Baptiste Tourond Road

Jean Baptiste Tourond was active in the civil affairs of his community from 1869 through to 1878 and was also an accomplished farmer. Along with Louis Riel, Jean Baptiste Tourond was one of the original members of the Provisional Government of Assiniboia in 1869. He was among those who stopped the Dominion Land Survey in the area that same year and the Survey did not resume again until Manitoba became a Province in 1870. In 1871, he helped establish the Societé Agricole du Comté de Provencher and became one of its directors. He was also appointed to the Board of the Provincial Agricultural Association. Baptiste Tourond served as the Commissaire d’Ecole for St. Norbert in 1871 and as the Justice of the Peace for Provencher until 1876 when he was named its Deputy Sherriff.

Blue Sun Drive

Blue Sun Drive

The rare blue sun and blue moon phenomenon occur when oil droplets, formed in the combustion products of fires, are suspended in the atmosphere, making the sun appear blue.

Borealis Bay Northern Lights

Borealis Bay

The Aurora Borealis occur around the northern magnetic pole. The colours of the Aurora Borealis are created when charged electrons in solar winds collide with atoms of oxygen and nitrogen in the earth’s upper atmosphere. The colours that erupt depend upon the altitude of the collision and the types of atoms involved.
Photo credit: Ron Cantiveros, Winnipeg

Boulevard des Hivernants

In the colloquial language of the French Canadian voyageurs, the term “Hivernant” was used to denote those who had wintered in the interior fur country. It recognizes both the settlers of the area and their language.

Burning Glass Image

Burning Glass Road

An early trade item of the Hudson’s Bay Company, this oval tinder box came with a magnified ‘burning glass’ in the lid. It was essentially a fire starting kit that was also used to light pipes.

Charity Lane

Named for the Sisters of Charity, founded in Montreal in 1737 and affectionately known as the Grey Nuns. The first group of Grey Nuns traveled from Montreal to St. Boniface by canoe, arriving on June 21, 1844. Members of the order of the Sisters of Charity were devoted to bringing education and medical services to the inhabitants of the Red River Settlement. Over time they established a significant collection of public service institutions including an orphanage, a day school, a residential school and an infirmary in 1871, which would later become the beginnings of the St. Boniface General Hospital.

Coneflower Crescent

Coneflower Crescent

Also known as Echinacea, this purple, daisy-like perennial has been popular for use in borders and as a medicinal herb for hundreds of years. In its present-day incarnation as an herbal remedy, it is regarded as an immune-booster to help ward of flus and colds.

Dr. David Friesen Drive

Dr. Friesen’s pioneering home-building activities have changed the face of Winnipeg. He founded Qualico in the early 1950s; under his leadership and vision the company grew to be one of the largest real estate development companies in western Canada, with operations in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Austin, Texas. It continues to be a proud participant in the ongoing development and renewal of these cities.

Dr. Friesen has also contributed to the quality of life in Winnipeg through his volunteer and philanthropic activities. The Friesen family foundation has provided support to a wide range of educational and charitable organizations.

Edward Turner Drive

Born in Transcona, Edward Turner married Margeurite Garnier and lived most of his life in St. Boniface. He served two terms as a St. Boniface City Councillor and was its last Mayor, prior to the Unicity amalgamation in 1971. During his term, he helped found the Festival du Voyageur. He also worked in insurance and served as President of the Canadian Insurance Claims Managers Association, as well as the President of the Norwood-St. Boniface Legion and Grand Knight of the Norwood Knights of Columbus.

Fisette Place

Sister Fisette was a Grey Nun who travelled from Montreal to become a member of the St. Boniface Convent in 1850. The new Convent had been established by Mother Valade in 1844 to teach children and care for the sick, and she needed help. Sister Fisette lived and served in the Saint Boniface Mission at Red River for 64 years.

Grey Owl 

Grey Owl

Archibald Stansfeld Belaney, alias Grey Owl, writer, conservationist (born 18 September 1888 in Hastings, England; died 13 April 1938 in Prince Albert, SK). Grey Owl was a well-known conservationist and writer in the 1930s. Although born in England, he portrayed himself as the son of a Scottish man and Apache woman. His articles and books stressed wilderness conservation and became bestsellers in Canada and Britain. Shortly after Grey Owl died in 1938, a newspaper article exposed his real identity as Archibald Belaney. He has been the focus of several biographies, articles and films, and his books have been reprinted many times. Grey Owl achieved fame throughout Canada and beyond. He is credited with raising awareness of the negative impact human activity can have on nature.
   Photo credit: Yousuf Karsh, Library and
   Archives Canada, R613-459, e010751811
   Content credit: The Canadian Encyclopedia

The Great Gray Owl was adopted by Manitoba is its official bird emblem in 1987. This rare species it is seen more frequently in parts of our province than elsewhere in Canada.

Hazelnut Shrub

Hazelnut Lane

Hazelnut is a native shrub with small nuts that can be roasted and eaten. It prefers dry to medium, well-drained soil, where it spreads by its roots, forming dense clumps with beautiful, golden fall colour. Native hazels grow along streams, in hedgerows, meadows, woodlands, roadsides, and forest edges.

Ironweed

Ironweed Road

This native wildflower has showy, reddish purple flowers in feathery heads at the top of the plant. Ironweed refers to its tough, fibrous stems.

Lafrance Lane

Lafrance Lane is named after Sister Marie Hedwidge Lafrance, one of the first Grey Nuns to arrive in the Red River Settlement in 1844. She was just 26 and had traveled from Montreal by canoe.

Proulx Place

Paul Proulx was one of the councillors of the Métis Provisional Government, established by Louis Riel, during the Red River Rebellion of 1869 – 1870.

Ranville Road

In the late 1960s, Emile and Mary Ranville moved to Winnipeg with their 12 children. They immediately became involved with the Indian and Metis Friendship Centre and the Manitoba Metis Federation, and remained actively involved with both organizations until their deaths. Further, Mary Ranville pushed for the establishment of a training centre for Metis people, which today is called the Louis Riel Institute.

Several of their children were musically talented and in 1980, the C-Weed band, consisting of Wally, Don and Errol Ranville, became the first Aboriginal artists in Manitoba to have a number one song nationally. They were also nominated for Juno Awards in 1985, 1986 and 2001.

Red Lily

Red Lily Road

Travelers feel like they have discovered a rare treasure when they find Red Lilies in the wild but they are very hardy and can grow in almost any location. They compete with grass in thick hay fields or raw cut banks along road-side ditches. Flowers are large, up to 3 inches long with bright orange/red coloring and black spots.1 to 5 flowers per plant! Plants are 6 to 24 inches tall.

Red Moon Road

A lunar eclipse results in a moon that is dark, reddish-orange depending on the amount of dust and clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere at the time. Although lunar eclipses have no great scientific significance, they are a spectacle of nature of great significance to a broad variety of cultures.

Robert Bockstael

Robert Bockstael Drive

Born in St. Boniface, Robert Bockstael served that constituency well as Liberal Member of Parliament from 1979 to 1984. He was Parliamentary Secretary to both the Minister of Transport and to the Secretary of State, and the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Transport. He served on several other Parliamentary Committees as well. Mr. Bockstael was also a Winnipeg City Councillor from 1971 to 1978 and a Member of the St. Boniface School Board.

Sage Plant

Sage Creek Boulevard

There are numerous varieties of native Sage grasses. Sage has been used for centuries as flavorings, condiments and medicines. It is also burned during Aboriginal ceremonies (smudging).

Solstice Lane

Solstices occur twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is most oriented toward or away from the Sun. At the summer solstice, the Sun reaches its northernmost extreme, creating the longest day of the year. At the winder solstice, the sun reaches its southernmost extreme, creating the shortest day of the year.

Sun Dog Phenomenon 

Sundog Drive

A sundog or parhelion is an atmospheric phenomenon many Winnipeggers are familiar with on cold winter days. Sundogs are bright spots that usually appear on either side of the sun. They are believed to occur when light reflects off ice crystals in the atmosphere and can also form into a halo around the sun
Photo credit: Kelsey Eliasson/Polar Bear Alley

Tall Grasses 

Tallgrass Crescent

Tallgrass is a type of native grasses that were once common on the Canadian prairies. Tallgrass species will be planted throughout Sage Creek public reserve and wetlands, and directly adjacent to a large section of Tallgrass Crescent.

Tansi Lane

Tansi is an Aboriginal greeting meaning ‘Welcome’ or ‘Hello’.

Vireo Bird Breed 

Vireo Lane

Both the Warbling and Red-eyed Vireo breed and nest in southern and central Manitoba, while their range extends far beyond, into northwestern Manitoba and over much of Canada and the U.S. These small birds winter in Mexico and Central America.
Photo credit: Stuart Oikawa, Winnipeg

Wood Sage Plant 

Wood Sage Crescent

Wood Sage is actually a member of the mint family with wrinkled leaves that look rather like Sage. The flowers are green and white and lie along one side of the stalk. It’s rare on the prairies and despite its name, is more often found growing in open places rather than in woods.