If you are to travel west along Portage Avenue from downtown you’ll run into St. James/Assiniboia, a place that has no shortage of shops, restaurants, and a mix of rather quaint neighbourhoods that run either toward the Assiniboine River (and are thereby more pricey) or further north into nice quite streets that are studded with parks. The area is thus a mix of affluence, particularly in the St. Charles Country Club area around the river (the course itself is one of the province’s finest), to middle class (most other areas of St. James), to more working class in the areas in and around the Winnipeg Airport.
There’s plenty of things to do in the area, including countless family activities in the businesses located throughout its strip malls, while history buffs will get a kick out of locations like Grant’s Old Mill – a circa 1800s flour mill on Sturgeon Creek, to The Living Prairie Museum – a huge area that preserves the region’s original flora replete with walking trails and all kinds of wildlife, particularly bird species like small raptors. The area is also home to Assiniboia Downs horse racing track and the Red River Ex in summer.
Sub neighbourhoods include: Assiniboia Downs, Buchanan, Crestview, Glendale, Heritage park, Kirkfield, Sturgeon Creek, Westwood, Airport, Birchwood, Booth, Bruce Park, Deer Lodge, Jameswood, Kensington, King Edward, Silver Heights, Woodhaven.