Welcome to the Neighbourhood!

Within the boundaries of Winnipeg are 236 neighbourhoods, which have been geographically defined as the smallest unit of division.  Approximately 186 of these can be considered residential, with the remainder classified as industrial neighbourhoods. Many have natural boundaries, such as roads, railroads, bridges and rivers. The average population of each of Winnipeg’s residential neighbourhoods is approximately 4,000 people.

Physically, a neighbourhood is a residential area with an appropriate mix of housing types, convenience type commercial facilities, transportation choices and—where appropriate—schools, recreation, library or park facilities.  However, Winnipeg’s neighbourhoods are much more than that.

Neighbourhoods are a large part of what makes up our ‘home’ and provide us with a sense of belonging. The opportunity to work together to identify local issues and develop successful solutions that sustain a healthy neighbourhood is a source of pride for many of our citizens. In a large city, local neighbourhoods are places to get to know other people, socialize and raise our children.

For many, choosing a neighbourhood to live in is based on identifying with the features that give the neighbourhood character. Many of Winnipeg’s neighbourhoods have a unique heritage and historic identity. Neighbourhoods throughout the city have significant heritage legacy resources that illustrate the broad range of Winnipeg’s historical development.

OurWinnipeg: Planning the Future

OurWinnipeg, the official development plan guiding growth and change for the city, took effect on August 17, 2011. OurWinnipeg presents a 25-year vision for the entire city. It positions Winnipeg for sustainable growth, which is key to our future competitiveness. This foundation plan identifies vital and healthy neighbourhoods as one of the critical aspects contributing to the overall well-being of our city and a high quality of life for our residents.  The unique character of each of our 236 neighbourhoods supports different lifestyles and provides a range of options for living, working and playing.

During the development of OurWinnipeg, Winnipeggers were clear that they wanted healthy and sustainable communities—communities where people of every age and ability have the opportunity to live, work, shop, learn and play within their own neighbourhood.  This is supported by the Complete Communities Direction Strategy of OurWinnipeg, which introduces an urban structure that describes Winnipeg’s physical characteristics and lays out a framework for the city’s future physical growth and development.  It provides a vision for the arrangement of land uses within the city:

Transformative Areas:
Transformative areas are those areas of the City that provide the best opportunity for growth and change.
Areas of Stability:
Areas of stability refer to areas that will accommodate moderate growth and change that fits with the existing form and character of its location.
These areas can be found throughout the city in both transformative areas and areas of stability.
Special Districts:
Special district areas are those where the city has limited or no jurisdiction but is in a position to partner with stakeholders in the future development of these lands.
Urban structure supports:
These supports are not related to any one area or type of area of the city. They are intended to be applied throughout the city based on where they are applicable to a particular neighbourhood, community or component of the urban structure.

This vision of Complete Communities is a shift to accommodating growth and change in Winnipeg based on an urban structure. This is the basis for future planning and development within Winnipeg’s neighbourhoods.

Learn More at Neighbourhoods of Winnipeg (NOW)

The Neighbourhoods of Winnipeg (NOW) web portal provides a means for the City of Winnipeg to communicate about our neighbourhoods with our residents, visitors, community groups, local and prospective businesses, and the rest of the world. The data made available through the site is intended to assist in the planning of services that are responsive to local community need.  ‘Knowing the neighbourhood’ helps ensure equitable access to a base level of services, including municipal government services such as libraries, recreation, culture and leisure. As part of our future legacy, the portal profiles the rich legacy of Winnipeg’s heritage and provides information that supports efforts to work together collaboratively to continue to build sustainable neighbourhoods.

Explore Even More at Tourism Winnipeg

Click here for brief summaries of some of Winnipeg’s most popular neighbourhoods, which have been provided by Tourism Winnipeg, a division of Economic Development Winnipeg.

The following neighbourhoods are presented:

Academy Road Charleswood Chinatown Corydon Avenue
Downtown Exchange District Fort Garry FortWhyte
Garden City North & East Kildonan North End Osborne Street South
Osborne Village River Heights St. Boniface St. James
St. Norbert St. Vital Transcona Tuxedo
West Broadway West End Wolseley  

With the exemplary examples noted above—and another 214 neighbourhoods to explore at within the NOW portal—we are confident you’ll find places that resonate with whatever you’re after the most.


Contact us if you have specific questions about Winnipeg’s neighbourhoods you’d like answered by our knowledgeable staff. We’re always interested in sharing everything we can about Winnipeg’s culturally and historically neighbourhoods.

We’ve got a great city, and we’d love to do whatever we can to convince you to Get Centred and Go Flat Out right here in Winnipeg.