Windsor Park is a wholesome neighbourhood that lies just north of Fermor Avenue, with Archibald Street to the West, Lagimodiere Boulevard to the East and the CN railway tracks to the North.
Development within the area began in the 1950's and 1960's and was one of Winnipeg's first master planned communities. Part of these plans included a family-oriented design with traffic-minimizing bays, streets built around convenient parks and an abundance of schools and recreational facilities. It was the largest development in Western Canada in the 1950's. The majority of the neighbourhood is residential and a typical house here would be a 1,000 square foot bungalow with a concrete basement. The area does offer a wide range of house designs with everything from two-storeys, bi-levels, split-levels, side-by-sides and even some condominiums - although these are more rare.
Its main thoroughfares include Autumnwood, Drake, Cottonwood and Maginot. This neighbourhood, has a strong Francophone presence which is evident in the French immersion programs offered by many of the schools in the community. Windsor Park is approximately located 9km from downtown and 17km from the airport.
Windsor Park experiences a relatively competitive market for purchasing. There are typically between 5-20 homes available for sale at any time. The Windsor Park neighbourhood is largely made up of 50’s – 60’s era, 1000 square foot bungalows but also contains two-storeys, bi-levels, and split-level homes. There are also a number of attached family homes in the area that provide more affordable purchasing options. If you are looking for newer homes, there are also some newer areas of development within Windsor Park. One area on the east side was developed more heavily in the 1980's, and then the newest area where homes were built in the early 2000's can be found in the Northern part of the area.
Homes in this area sell in a range from $200,000 up to $500,000 for larger homes in the newer development on the North side of Windsor Park. There are very few condominiums in the Windsor Park area, with only between 3-5 condominiums being listed in a given year. There are some apartment complexes within the area.
Windsor Park is within the Louis Riel School Division and has a strong Francophone presence which is evident in the French Immersion programs offered by many of the schools in the area. There are two elementary schools: Frontenac School and Ecole Howden. Ecole Lacerte is also located within the area and offers French programing for elementary students. It is a part of the Franco-Manitoban School Division (DSFM). There are also two middle/high schools offering programming from grades 7-12: Windsor Park Collegiate and College Beliveau. Also located in the area is the Louis Riel Arts and Technology Centre.
Windsor Park is located almost right in the middle of The University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. The University of Manitoba is an easy 10-minute drive utilizing Lagimodiere Boulevard and Bishop Grandin Boulevard. The University of Winnipeg is closer to a 15-minute drive from the area.
There is no major hospital in this area. However, the community has access to major thoroughfares and is within a convenient distance (about a 5-10 minute drive) to the St Boniface Hospital at 409 Tache Avenue.
Windsor Park Library, located on the West side of the area at 1195 Archibald Street and replaces the former Cottonwood location.
Windsor Park has several small plazas along the major roadways around the community. On the Southern Edge of the community, you will find the Southdale Shopping Centre, Southdale Square and Lakewood Plaza. Niakwa Park Plaza, Autumnwood Mall, and Windsor Park Shopping Centre all make for convenient shopping without ever having to leave the neighbourhood.
Windsor Park is also closely located to the very popular St. Vital Centre, which is really a one-stop shop with several large anchor stores, a book Store, Grocery Store, large retailers and also hosts a movie theatre.
By design, Windsor Park remains a quiet community even though it is surrounded by major thoroughfares in the city. There is plenty to do outside in this community! The area has ample recreational activity to participate in year-round from golfing at the Windsor Park and St Boniface golf courses in the summer to the groomed cross-country ski trails at the Windsor Park Golf Course in the Winter. The Winakwa Community Centre has indoor multi-purpose rooms, a large hall, a gymnasium and in the Winter, three pristine outdoor rinks.
The area also houses Windsor Park Outdoor Pool, Bonivital indoor pool, outdoor tennis courts, a running track, ample parks and trails including the Niakwa Trail which spans the entire south side of the area. The neighbourhood really is perfect for the outdoorsy type!
Also of interest in the area is the Royal Canadian Mint which offers daily tours, as well as the Canada Inns Windsor Park Hotel which often plays host to large performers and artists in its nightclub.
For many reasons! The location is unbeatable - while heavily residential, the community is surrounded by major thoroughfares with convenient access to the rest of the City. It is a mature area too with large trees and great outdoor spaces for an active family. There is also a small-town feel to the community, that really speaks to us having been from a small town!
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