Wolseley, Winnipeg

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Westminster United Church in Wolseley, opened in 1912.
Westminster United Church in Wolseley, opened in 1912.
Country  Canada
Province  Manitoba
City Winnipeg
 • MLA Rob Altemeyer (NDP)
 • City Councillor Cindy Gilroy
Population (2006) 7,610

Wolseley is a neighbourhood located within the West End of Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is named for field marshal Sir Garnet Wolseley, a British Army officer who came to Manitoba in 1870 to suppress the Red River Rebellion.


The area that is now called Wolseley was originally part of the Parish of St. James, and was annexed into the City of Winnipeg in 1882. It was developed primarily between 1905 and 1930 as a middle and upper middle class residential area.

Wolseley was home to an amusement park for several years before it closed permanently in 1909. Happyland included a 90-metre Doric-style entrance, a roller coaster, ballroom, Japanese tea gardens, Ferris wheel, and a 240-metre circular swing.

Beginning in the 1950s, Wolseley began to change as many upper-middle-class families left the area to settle in Winnipeg's suburbs. Many of the homes were subdivided into rooming houses. In the 1970s and 1980s, the large houses, central location, and low real estate prices enticed many young people to return to Wolseley. This new Wolseley generation were largely artistic and socially active young adults who began rejuvenating and gentrifying the area. During this time, the area became affectionately known as "The Granola Belt".[1] Today, Wolseley is once again seen as a desirable residential area, and is one of the most intact pre-1930 residential areas in Canada.

A community history, Rising to the Occasion, covering the neighbourhoods of Wolseley, West Broadway, and Armstrong's Point, was published in 2000 as a millennium project of the Robert A. Steen Community Centre.

Area and population[edit]

A view looking east at the shops down Westminster Avenue on summer's evening.

The neighbourhood of Wolseley is bounded on the south by the Assiniboine River, on the west by Omand's Creek, on the north by Portage Avenue and on the east by Maryland Street. The electoral district of Wolseley has wider boundaries to the north and west, and includes more of the West End and a part of St. James.

As of 2001, the neighbourhood has a population of 7,830, of which 7.2% reported Aboriginal origin and 4.8% were visible minorities. The average household income is $47,106, which is about 89% of the Winnipeg average. 56% of dwellings in the area are owned, while 44% are rented.

It is locally famous for the "Wolseley Elm," a prominent neighbourhood tree which was threatened with destruction in 1957 but which was spared due to the efforts of several neighbourhood women.[2]

Businesses in Wolseley's small shopping district on Westminster Avenue cater to the politically and socially active nature of Wolseley residents. Businesses include a couple of organic food marts and small bakery, bookstore, tea shop, used clothing store, and yoga shop. Harvest Collective, an organic food buying collective, ran as a not-for-profit organization for about three decades.


  1. ^ Maureen Scurfield (January 13, 2013). "Wolseley's a world apart". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Elms in Winnipeg - Part 1". elmcare.com. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 49°52′54″N 97°10′26″W / 49.88167°N 97.17389°W / 49.88167; -97.17389