St. Boniface Cathedral Receives Heritage Grant

The St. Boniface Cathedral is beautifully illuminated in a rainbow of colours for the Culture Days festival 'Nuit Blanche' in 2011. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)
The St. Boniface Cathedral is beautifully illuminated in a rainbow of colours for the Culture Days festival ‘Nuit Blanche’ in 2011. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

A heritage conservation grant has been approved for the St. Boniface Cathedral.

The iconic site will receive $350,000 to protect its history and maintain the grounds of the popular Winnipeg destination.

“The St. Boniface Cathedral is part of an important precinct in the heart of the City of Winnipeg, and this funding is going to assist in making the necessary improvements to the Cathedral to help us attain the greater vision,” said Gerry Labossière, co-chair of the St. Boniface Cathedral Renewal Project Capital Campaign Cabinet.

The St. Boniface cemetery and the ancient walls are the setting for plays, inspiration for photographers, and attract tourists looking for the names of notable historic figures, such as Bishops Provencher, Taché, Langevin, and Louis Riel, the founder of Manitoba.

The funding request — part of a $6 million rejuvenation of the site — was approved by city council on Wednesday after first being introduced on April 11.


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