HBC Winnipeg

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┬áits 1926 opening?


The Cavern

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:


The Brazen Hall

Some eerie lighting shining down upon this black & white tiled restroom at Brazen Hall


Hecla Island Wildlife Viewing Platform

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:


Hecla Village

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.


King’s Head Pub

A brick wall adds some nice texture to this restroom at Winnipeg’s lively King’s Head Pub


Toad In The Hole

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: