Tour Guide

What do you love about where you live? Show us!

Recently, I was chatting with a friend about a trip he’d taken. He’d briefly visited a warm destination from our cold city, escaping the deep pit of Winnipeg’s long winter. He remarked that the first thing he couldn’t help but notice was the volumes of tourists we don’t see here.

Despite the fact that we don’t attract many visitors, there’s still plenty of interesting places and beauty in my town, although you might have to look a little harder to find it. I went deep into the archives of my camera phone to find these three images, ones that are special to me for various reasons.

The J.H. Ashdown Warehouse, the beautiful tree marking the almost-halfway point of my runs, and Main Street and Bannatyne, looking south. Photos by Krista.

On the left, in the back of the photo, is the J.H. Ashdown Warehouse. James Henry Ashdown, also known as the “merchant prince of Winnipeg,” literally helped build much of the city. He bought the land for the warehouse in 1870, and turned it into a thriving hardware business. Today, you can actually live in his legacy, in one of the building’s lofts.

In the center is this huge, beautiful tree I pass on my runs through Assiniboine Park. I happened to catch it at the halfway point as it transitioned to fall color, just a day before the first lasting snow of the season.

On the right is my favorite, if slightly melancholy shot of Main Street and Bannatyne Avenue, looking south. I can still hear the adhesive sound of the car tires on the wet road that day.

And now, over to you. Share with us an image, or two, or three, (or more!) of where you live. For bonus points, tell us what it is about the photo(s) that you love. I can’t wait to go on a fantastic virtual tour of the world, courtesy of photo challenge participants. Away we go!

Resolving to start a blogging habit in 2018? Find the plan that’s right for you.

Show Comments


Close Comments

Join the conversation!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


  1. That was a nice mini tour.. The three pictures you posted and all the dots to connect in between. My city – though there have been many in the recent past- is special in many ways. Not just because it is one of the best cities to live in the world, but it is also my home now. Chicago through my eyes./ iPhone 🙂

    Here is my entry for the week, Krista:

    Liked by 5 people

  2. I believe that all places, wherever you live, have something that can appeal to those who never been there. An interesting theme and a very nice presentation from where you live Krista. I really like the big tree in contrast to the street scene.
    Now I’ll consider what Malta has as I want to show, here are so much… 📷

    Liked by 5 people

  3. Your pictures were beautiful. My blog is all about reaching out and seeing and learning about new places. I write about demographic differences specifically and how we can all learn so many things from each other. Come check it out!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Hi Ellen,

      Thanks so much for your kind words! Street names are a real mix. We have the largest French-speaking community outside of Quebec as well as many founding families who were of European descent so it’s common in the downtown area to have street names that were the last name of prominent family, such as Bannatyne, named after a fur trader and merchant born in South Ronaldsay, Orkney Islands. There is Tecumseh Street, named for indigenous warrior Tecumseh (1768-1813) who fought on behalf of British forces during the War of 1812.


455 Responses While this challenge is closed to new entries, we encourage you to visit the Reader to find other avid bloggers.