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A History of the Architecture of Victoria Beach

December 06, 2016
151 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB

Upon its genesis in the early 1900s as a private land development to a modern lakeside resort, Victoria Beach has thrived as a unique summer community. Historians Greg Thomas and Sheila Grover will present an illustrated talk, exploring its natural and historic setting, and its development by an ambitious consortium of Winnipeg entrepreneurs. Seeking a retreat for weary urbanites, the developers patterned the resort upon their British and Ontario roots. As the fledgling community grew, ‘VBers’ formed their own social, recreational and political institutions and facilities, growing ever-more independent from the Victoria Beach Company. What they did not abandon was a collective vision of a protected natural setting with restricted vehicular access, distinctive architecture, and a range of recreational resources and commercial services.

Sheila and Greg are the authors of 100 Summers on Lake Winnipeg. This presentation is part of an ongoing partnership between the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation ( and the Winnipeg Public Library.


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