Things to See & Do
Explore an area rich in history and culture.
Settlers from many countries made their new homes in the area, bringing with them their unique culture and building designs. These many groups make up the diverse culture that is our history.
Historic Driving Tour
Asessippi Parkland Tourism offers a Historic Driving Tour that takes visitors through Asessippi Parkland to 15 different historic sites. Enjoy the drive as you take a trip though the past. GPS locations are included for those who enjoy the challenge.
Self-Guided Walking Tour
A Self-Guided Walking Tour around Russell features some of the oldest homes, businesses and historic points of interest along Memorial Avenue. Travelling along Main Street, visitors will view the Arches of Russell and older historic buildings that housed the first businesses of Russell. As well, visitors will get to view the beautiful scenery and learn about Russell’s history and culture.
To guide you on your tour, booklets can be picked up at various businesses in the area, or at the Tourism Visitor Centre. A map is included in each booklet. The self-guiding driving tour can also be downloaded in print and audio format (see below).
Audio Tours of Russell are available in mp3 format:
- Red House – 203 Pelly Ave.
- Boulton Manor – 322 Memorial Ave. S.
- Teacherage – 125 Memorial Ave. S.
- Old Anglican Rectory – 128 Memorial Ave. N.
- Veterans Memorial – Memorial Ave & Assiniboine St.
- Former RCMP Barracks -203 Memorial Ave. N.
- Knox United Church – 200 Memorial Ave. N.
- Boulton Scouts Monument – Elliott House, 219 Westbourne St. E.
- Brownlee House – 309 Memorial Ave. N.
- Smellie Houses – 306 Memorial Ave. N.
- Clement House – 312 Memorial Ave. N.
- Montgomery House – 414 Memorial Ave. N.
- Dr. Shaw House – 428 Memorial Ave. N.
- The Arches of Main Street
- Bren’s / Old RM Office – 361 Main Street. N.
- Russell Banner Building – 310 Main St. N.
- Smellie Block – 300 Main St. N.
- Doug Block – Home Hardware – 236 Main St. N.
- Wilson Block – 219 & 227 Main St.
- Pelly Trail School Division Building – 201 Main St. N.
- Royal Bank Building – 202 Main St.
- Gillespie House – 111 Main St. N.
Asessippi Parkland Tourism hopes that these tours will provide visitors and residents alike with some knowledge about this area’s rich heritage and history.
These tours were created by Asessippi Parkland Tourism with assistance from Manitoba Culture, Heritage, and Tourism. Photos by Dawna Boyce.