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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Canadian Northern Railway St. Boniface Station / Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway St. Boniface Station (236 Aubert Street, Winnipeg)

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Commissioned for the Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR), this railway station was based upon architectural designs J. A. Senecal and built at a temporary site in Winnipeg, off Main Street across from the Winnipeg Post Office. Construction began in late 1901 and was completed at cost of around $5,000. It was then relocated (plausibly via rail, over the new Canadian Northern Railway Main Line Bridge), to the CNoR Yard in the northern area of St. Boniface, and situated upon the northwest corner of Langevin Street [then Rue Du College] and Aubert Street. Station service would be complemented and soon-after replaced with the completion of the Canadian Northern Railway St. Boniface Station on Des Meurons Street. In 1917, this structure was leased to the Greater Winnipeg Water District (GWWD) in support of Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway freight operations for construction of the aqueduct Shoal Lake-to-Winnipeg aqueduct which, a section of which runs under adjacent Aubert, before routing towards the GWWD site on Tache Avenue, the St. Boniface Surge Tank and Pumping Station. CNoR traffic would then be re-routed towards and over the Canadian National Railway Main Line. The GWWD operated this as their primary St. Boniface Station until replacing it with their new terminal on Plinquet Street in 1929. Within three years, this former station building was sold and relocated to the intersection’s southwest corner, where it was used as as a four-apartment residence with an address of 753 (and 753½) Langevin. The surrounding rail yard was demolished and is now a residential development. The former station building was demolished around 1962. Though dating to 1898, the present residence here (and re-indexed to 236 Aubert Street) has no physical connection to the previous structure located at this site, having been afterwards relocated here from a nearby street.

Photos & Maps

Canadian Northern Railway St. Boniface Station - Published by J. B. LeClerc

Canadian Northern Railway St. Boniface Station - Published by J. B. LeClerc (c1907)
Source: Jeri Danyleyko collection (Canada-Rail.com)

The former Canadian Northern Railway St. Boniface Station

The former Canadian Northern Railway St. Boniface Station (1961)
Source: Archives of Manitoba St. Boniface Homes - 1

The former Canadian Northern Railway St. Boniface Station

The former Canadian Northern Railway St. Boniface Station (1961)
Source: Archives of Manitoba St. Boniface Homes - 2

The former Canadian Northern Railway St. Boniface Station

The former Canadian Northern Railway St. Boniface Station (1961)
Source: Archives of Manitoba St. Boniface Homes - 3

Site Location (lat/long): N49.89611, W97.12145
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Canadian Northern Railway Station / la Vieille Gare Restaurant (630 Des Meurons Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

McPhillips Brothers City Atlas of Winnipeg, H3 614.4 edc Series 3 Edition 1, Sheet [Plan] 8, 1903, Archives of Manitoba.

McPhillips Brothers City Atlas of Winnipeg, H3 614.4 edc Series 3 Edition 2, Sheet [Plan] 8, 1910 Archives of Manitoba.

McPhillips Brothers City Atlas of Winnipeg, H3 614.4 edc Series 3 Edition 3, Sheet [Plan] 8, 1918 Archives of Manitoba.

Western Canada Fire Underwriters Association, H7 614.42 edc Series 2 St. Boniface, Folder 2 - April 1919, Archives of Manitoba.

Western Canada Fire Underwriters Association, H7 614.42 edc Series 3 St. Boniface, Folder 2 - February 1932, Archives of Manitoba.

Western Canada Fire Underwriters Association, H7 614.42 edc Series 4 St. Boniface, Folder 1 - April 1959, Archives of Manitoba.

Property Information, 236 Aubert Street, City of Winnipeg Assessment and Taxation Branch.

“New bridge and station,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 January 1901, page 8.

“On the railway run,” Manitoba Free Press, 1 October 1901, page 9.

“Water Board will consider tenders for material today,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 April 1917, page 5.

“Kelly Firm’s bonds reduced to $81,343,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 December 1917, page 3.

“Greater Winnipeg Water District,” Manitoba Free Press, 23 August 1924, page 28.

“May buy station site,” Manitoba Free Press, 19 February 1925, page 4.

“Suggests new station for G.W.W.D. Railway,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 July 1928, page 6.

“Defer construction of new G.W.W.D. Depot,” Manitoba Free Press, 17 August 1928, page 4.

“New railway station for Water District,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 June 1929, page 4.

“Tenders for new station are accepted,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 September 1929, page 3.

“Official opening of water line Station,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 December 1929, page 42.

We thank Roger Vermet for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 23 March 2018

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