Dan from Toilography went to Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg and saw these funky shipping container toilets, as well as a statue of a rather famous bear named Winnie. Take a look at the video here:
The park’s washrooms were constructed in 2013 and have even picked up a couple of design awards in the years that followed. I was definitely glad to have had the chance to come here!
It might not be the most interesting loo to look at, but it’s a pretty cool concept. MEC in downtown Winnipeg has a composting toilet on their second floor, the contents of which is collected in the floor below and used as fertilizer.
I’ve since found out MEC has a Green Buildings initiative, of which the Winnipeg outlet was the first retail building in the country to comply with a national standard of reducing energy consumption by 50%. The composting toilet is of course part of this initiative. Good stuff!!
It had been mentioned on Reddit that the restroom at Hudsons Bay in downtown Winnipeg hadn’t been renovated for a very long time. The toilet fixtures themselves were modern but the room in general had a wonderful early 20th century feel to it. I wonder how much of the room is still original to its 1926 opening?
I came to the sister venue, Toad In The Hole, the day before but the downstairs Cavern bar was closed. I was pretty keen to check out their free open mic comedy night though so I returned and wasn’t disappointed with their divey downstairs dunnies.
Note the hole in the wall on the left:
Some eerie lighting shining down upon this black & white tiled restroom at Brazen Hall
On the way out of Hecla Island I spotted a trail at the side of the road which led to a wildlife viewing platform.
And here, ladies & gentlemen, is where I stubbed across the most peaceful setting for a loo in a long time, certainly in all of my Manitoban travels and maybe even in the past year or two of toilet tourism altogether. Isn’t this such a peaceful place in the bush to go about your business?
Some bonus photos of the viewing platform itself (I saw no wildlife aside from some mosquito kinda things) and a nearby lake:
On the Sunday I took a drive about 2 hours north of Winnipeg to the Hecla Provincial Park. It’s a beautiful little peninsula that extends out into Lake Winnipeg, with pleasant roads, trails, fishing, scenery and opportunities to see Manitoba wildlife up close & personal.
Drop toilets featured prominently across the park, I guess because of the limited plumbing & electricity service. I stopped briefly in Hecla Village and found this tidy-on-the-outside but messy-on-the-inside drop toilet by the fishing pier:
A little up from the pier was this beautiful & secluded old church next to a graveyard. Note the drop toilets at the back of the cemetery, next to the red shed:
How’s this for toilet tranquility! Much cleaner inside this one too.
A brick wall adds some nice texture to this restroom at Winnipeg’s lively King’s Head Pub
I’d heard that Toad In The Hole was the must-see British / whisky bar in town and had some pretty filthy (but potentially interesting!) toilets so I couldn’t help but head to the Southside of the river for a beer.
It’s not often you see a corner trough like this. Troughs in general are few & far between in Canada but a trough with a corner is a true rarity.
And how about a high view of a Toad stall:
You can’t miss the grand Manitoba Legislative Building along Winnipeg’s Broadway. Completed in 1920, its magnificent dome, rotunda and staircase are an impressive sight – as are the roomy and affluent washrooms in the building’s basement.
Pollies need their potties, I guess?
Around the other corner of the building I spied this smaller but equally as tidy mens room as well:
Toilets aside, here’s a few snaps of the outside & inside of this awesome old building: