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:
I spent my May long weekend in Winnipeg, Manitoba! I had a great time there and I was very happy to be able to check another Canadian province off my travel bucket list.
Some kind locals gave me some suggestions via the Winnipeg subreddit for interesting restrooms to visit across the city and my first stop was the Good Will Social Club in the inner west. It was a huge open venue that sold some tasty craft brews, with about 8 loo stalls, all of which were plastered in posters, stickers and the occasional tag.
Have you ever seen an upside down toilet before? Dan from Toilography visits the Upside Down House in Niagara Falls, Ontario, where he encounters this unthinkable bathroom scenario!