Overview

In accordance with the new Western Engineering Competition School Anonymity policy, code names were assigned to each team prior to the competition. To confirm your team’s code name, please follow up with your respective Head Delegate or WEC Competition Lead.

Included below are brief descriptions of the Winnipeg landmarks and locations used for this year’s code names.

Assiniboine Park

Assiniboine Park is a well-known Winnipeg park that houses a pavilion, conservatory, expansive green space, and a zoo! One of the world’s best Arctic Zoo exhibits, the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s “Journey To Churchill” is the most comprehensive exhibit of its kind in the world.  

Confusion Corner

Winnipeg’s most famously confusing intersection! Confusion Corner is the junction of Pembina Highway, Donald Street, Osborne Street, and Corydon Avenue. It has been referenced in songs, TV shows, and in the name of the Confusion Corner Bar.

Exchange District

The exchange district is a culturally-rich downtown neighbourhood that originated from the Winnipeg Grain Exchange, the former centre of the grain industry in Canada. The Exchange is home to Winnipeg’s theatre district, almost 150 heritage buildings, and a cube-shaped concert venue creatively named The Cube.

The Forks

The Forks is one of Winnipeg’s most important landmarks. Its name refers to the union of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, which has served as a meeting place for local communities for over 6,000 years. In the modern era, it receives over 4 million visitors each year to its market, green space, and Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Fort Garry

Fort Garry is a historic Winnipeg neighbourhood, named after the Hudson’s Bay Company trading post of the same name. Although the original fort was destroyed by a flood in 1826, its name lives on in the neighbourhood that houses the University of Manitoba and in the many businesses that share its name.

Fort Gibraltar

Fort Gibraltar was one of the first fur-trading posts to be built on what is now the city of Winnipeg. After its initial construction in 1809, its tumultuous history included being destroyed, rebuilt, renamed to Fort Garry, destroyed again, and rebuilt yet again in 1835. Today, Fort Gibraltar is a historical museum that hosts the annual Festival du Voyageur, Canada’s largest winter festival.

Golden Boy

The Golden Boy is a gold-plated statue that was installed at the top of the Manitoba Legislative building (“The Ledge”) in 1919. The enormous statue is almost five and a half metres in size, and its highest point sits more than 75 metres above the ground.

Millennium Library

The main library of the Winnipeg Public Library system, the Millennium Library is an attractive downtown building boasting its public art, local history room, and expansive literature collection.

Osborne Village

Osborne Village is Winnipeg’s most densely populated neighbourhood, and is home to Winnipeg’s tallest building. Osborne is a cultural hotspot for the city, giving home to a wide array of stylish bars, trendy shops, and hipsters on bikes.

Provencher Bridges

The Provencher Bridges are one of the most distinctive landmarks in Manitoba. Running  between downtown Winnipeg and St. Boniface, the bridges consist of a simple vehicular bridge and the Esplanade Riel, Winnipeg’s famous side-spar cable-stayed bridge. The Esplanade Riel is home to North America’s only restaurant on a bridge!

Red River

The Red River flows Northward through the city to Lake Winnipeg, and is the central vein around which Winnipeg was built. The Red has a rich history as a route used by fur traders and as the source of Winnipeg’s annual flooding.

Riel House

Riel House was the home of Louis Riel, a political leader of the Métis people and a founder of the of the province of Manitoba. Leader of the Red River Rebellion, Riel is considered to be a fierce protector of Métis and Francophone rights and culture. Riel House is now a National Historic Site and a museum commemorating Riel and the daily life of Métis peoples.

St. Boniface

St. Boniface is the centre of the Franco-Manitoban community in Winnipeg, and is a culturally rich area with landmarks including the St. Boniface Cathedral, the Provencher Bridges, and the Royal Canadian Mint.

Union Station

Union Station is Winnipeg’s inner-city railway station. The station is a National Historic Site and is indicative of Winnipeg’s history as a railway hub in Canada.

The WAG

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is located in the heart of the city, close to the Manitoba Legislature building. The Gallery is Canada’s oldest civic gallery and its permanent collection includes almost 24,000 works.