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Fort Garry, Winnipeg

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Fort Garry, Winnipeg

Fort Garry is a district of the Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, located in the southwestern part of the city south of the district of Fort Rouge and east of the former town of Tuxedo. It was named for the historical fortification in Downtown Winnipeg known as Upper Fort Garry, although the nearest (northernmost) point of the district (at Jubilee Ave. and Lilac St.) is actually 3.75 km (2.33 mi.) from the site of the fort.

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History

The Rural Municipality of Fort Garry was incorporated in 1912. Formerly, it had been part of R. M. of St. Vital. In 1972, the R. M. of Fort Garry joined with the City of Winnipeg and eleven other suburban municipalities to become a unicity.

Demographics/Neighbourhoods

Fort Garry is primarily a middle class residential area and is very ethnically diverse. There is a significant Chinese population, immediately south of the University of Manitoba.

Fort Garry includes the neighbourhoods of Beaumont, Wildwood Park, Point Road, Crescent Park, Chevrier, Fort Garry Industrial Park, Whyte Ridge, Fort Richmond, Waverley Heights, Richmond West, St. Norbert, and (in some references) Linden Woods. In 2005, the city began construction of Waverley West, a new suburb which is expected to grow to be larger than Brandon, Manitoba (Manitoba's second largest city). The first section, Bridgwater Forest, was completed in 2010.

St. Norbert is separated from the rest of Fort Garry by the Perimeter Highway. The area of St. Norbert east of Pembina Highway is unique due to its large Francophone population and history.

The University of Manitoba's main campus is located in Fort Garry.

Sports

The Fort Garry Area shares the Fort Garry/Fort Rouge Twins hockey team in the MMJHL who play out of the Century Arena. The University of Manitoba Bisons play their homes games on the Fort Garry campus in various venues. The Football team plays in Investors Group Field, the Men's and Women's Hockey teams play in Wayne Fleming Arena at Max Bell Centre, and the Basketball and Volleyball teams play in the Investors Group Athletic Centre.

In 2010, construction began on a new $190 million football stadium, which is located at the University of Manitoba, beside the current University Stadium. It has a seating capacity of 33,000. The new stadium, completed in Spring of 2013, hosts the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, the Manitoba Bisons football team, as well as the Winnipeg Rifles football club.

References

Fort Garry, Winnipeg Wikipedia


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