The name “Transcona” was chosen to commemorate the Grand Trunk Railway to which the town owes its existence. Today, a visit to Transcona is a trip back in time to the glory of the railroad. Giant murals beautify downtown and a locally constructed steam locomotive is on display in Kiwanis Park. The Transcona Historical Museum is the only designated Historic Building in the neighbourhood. Here you can browse through archives and images, as well as 3,500 archaeological and First Nations artifacts from throughout Manitoba. Nicknamed “The Park City,” the area is known for its abundance of green space, including Kilcona Park, Buhler Recreation Park and Transcona Trail. While visiting, be sure to shop till you drop at Kildonan Place shopping mall.
Where to eat
- Homemade and huge portions are hallmarks of Transcona institution, Dal’s Drive Inn, Restaurant and Lounge. Top choices are fries served out of a brown paper bag, the Hawaiian pizza stacked to the sky with pineapple and ham, and fried chicken with just the right amount of crunch. 701 Regent Avenue West, 204-222-4255.
- Burger Factory is set up to let you dress your burgers however you see fit. A little ketchup and a lot of relish, no problem. Onions piled high, hold the mustard, you bet! Your burger, your way. 1600 Regent Avenue West, 204-668-6881.
- Fresh pizza is crafted right before your eyes at Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N Bake Pizza. Pick your toppings and the friendly staff will pile your pie high, then take it home and bake it whenever you’re ready. 31B-1530 Regent Avenue, 204-414-7272
- While taking in the entertainment at Club Regent, grab a bite to eat at Jag’s Buffet, where expansive prime rib and seafood buffets are served. 1425 Regent Avenue West, 204-957-2500.
- Mr B’s Pizza & Chicken’s formula of from-scratch, homestyle cooking results in a packed diner every night. Both the “broasted” chicken—covered in an addictive crackling crust—and pizzas are famous for their full-bodied flavour. 1-1783 Plessis Road, 204-222-6365.
- Omand’s Creek Ice Cream’s signature frozen desserts defy traditional boundaries. For instance, the “Dirty Nanaimo” is a chocoholic’s dream made with chocolate ice cream, hot fudge, crushed peanut butter cups and Nanaimo bars topped with whipped cream. 3-630 Kildare Avenue East, 204- 414-9065.
- Two grinning pigs on the Whistle Pig Drive-In sign greet diners lining up for out-of-this-world chili cheese dogs, deep-fried pickles, battered mushrooms, generous portions of hand-cut fries and other burger joint fare. 102 Victoria Avenue East, 204-224-4435.
Top Places to Shop
- Serving the northeast corner of the city, Kildonan Place is the city’s third largest mall. A movie theatre and Sears are among the 100 shops and services here. 1555 Regent Avenue West, 204-661-6116.
- Crossroads Station is one of the city’s largest big box districts with retailers such as Walmart, Superstore, Home Depot, Toys R Us, Hudson Bay Home and Staples. Located across from Kildonan Place.
- One of six locations in Winnipeg, Appelt’s Diamonds is a well-known, full-service local jeweller. Browse the captivating showroom full of dazzling jewellery and timepieces from engagement rings to classic pearl necklaces to watches from Bulova, Guess and Cardinal. 1581 Regent Avenue West, 204-663-3533.
- Stock up on local produce, crafts, jams, jellies and other farm fresh food at Transcona BIZ Market, held each Thursday throughout summer. 131 Victoria Avenue West, 204-222-8566.
- Quality and value are top priority at Once Upon a Child, known for gently used kids clothing, toys and baby gear. All products sold meet current safety standards and have not been recalled. 1600 Regent Avenue West, Unit 2-A, 204-669-5437.
- Party-throwers, Halloween haunters and brides-to-be all go to Party Stuff to find decorations, costumes and rentals. 1530 Regent Avenue, 204-222-3393.
- ‘Peggers with a sweet tooth can’t resist Dolce Bake Shop, which is known for its European pastries and masterful wedding cakes. Beware, if you go once, you’ll keep going back for more!
Top Things to See and Do
- Feeling lucky? Head over to Club Regent Casino and try your hand at poker, strike it rich at one of 900 slot machines or get ready to dab and yell BINGO! Make sure to visit the aquarium tunnel, which connects two halves of the casino and is swimming with exotic salt-water fish. 1425 Regent Avenue West, 204-957-2500.
- Dance music, black lights and 18 movie screens showing new and flash-back music videos gives Chateau Lanes a club vibe. Book a lane for birthday parties, socials and celebrations. 1145 Nairn Avenue, 204-667-1550.
- Channel your inner Robin Hood at Heartland Archery. Archery lanes and a range are open to the public, including children over the age of six. 10-K Keenlyside Street, 204-661-5670.
- The Transcona Centennial Square commemorates this community’s 100 year celebrations. The space includes a clock tower, fountain, heritage wall, sculptures and an amphitheatre. A time capsule is at the base, to be opened in 2062. Found at the north side of Regent Avenue West, 100 block.
- More than 140 acres of farmland were converted into Buhler Recreation Park, which boasts eight softball diamonds, six soccer fields, a toboggan hill, a canteen, and walking and skiing trails. 104 Regent Avenue East, 204-777-2255.
- The Hi Neighbour Festival is a giant annual carnival that takes place in the heart of Transcona, usually in early June. Live entertainment, a parade, children’s entertainers, fireworks, a petting zoo, face painting and other activities offer plenty of family enjoyment. Regent Avenue West and Day Street, 204-997-6383.
- Kiwanis Park is home to one of five locomotives on display in Manitoba. Get an up close look at a steam engine that was built in 1926 at the Transcona Canadian National Shops. Kildare Avenue West and Plessis Road.
- Whether hitting the links, pitching horseshoes or playing a game of tennis, there are plenty of options for family fun at Harbour View Golf Course & Rec Complex. Ice skate, cross-country ski and broomball rentals are available in winter months. 1867 Springfield Road, 204-222-2751.
- A pond, soccer pitch, playground, off-leash dog park and wide open spaces are what draws locals to Kilcona Park. Enjoy the walking paths or put down a blanket and have a picnic. 1229 Springfield Road.
- Founded in 1967 as part of Canada’s Centennial celebrations, the Transcona Historical Museum tells the stories and history behind this vibrant community with an extensive collection of relics, photography and documents. Exhibits feature railway artifacts, clothing and household objects, along with 1,000 Manitoba bird eggs and 3,500 aboriginal artifacts found in Manitoba. 141 Regent Avenue West, 204-222-0423.