The Esplanade Riel Bridge in downtown Winnipeg
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Connecting communities on both sides. Connecting communities on both sides
The Esplanade Riel bridge opened in 2003 and was designed by architect Etienne Gaboury. The bridge provides a link between Winnipeg’s French Quarter and the recreational area of The Forks. Given its unique design, this bridge is recognized as a visual symbol in Manitoba’s capital. The name was picked through a contest held in the Franco-Manitoban community and was chosen in honour of Louis Riel, the Metis leader who co-founded the province of Manitoba.