Riel House

As its name implies, the Riel House National Historic Site of Canada has close ties with Métis leader and a founder of Manitoba, Louis Riel. Occupying river lot 51 along the Red River, Riel House National Historic Site was Riel's family home, where his descendants continued to live until 1969.

It is here, in the living room of his mother's house, where Riel's body lay in state for two days in December 1885. The house itself, a Red River frame building (a style of construction popular for this region) has been restored to how it was in the spring of 1886.

Louis Riel Sr., a Métis, was born at Île-à-la-Crosse (present-day northern Saskatchewan) in 1817. His parents were the French-Canadian voyageur Jean-Baptiste Riel and Marguerite Boucher, a French-Dene-Métis. In 1844, Louis Riel Sr. married Julie Lagimodière in Saint Boniface.

Their son, Louis was born the same year in a house on the Lagimodière farm at the confluence of the Red and Seine rivers. Louis Riel was educated in Montréal and when he returned to the Red River Settlement in 1868, he found the community anxious and divided over its political future.   After Manitoba became a province in the Dominion of Canada in 1870, Louis Riel became known as Manitoba's founder.  Riel left Manitoba and was residing in the United States until 1884 when a group of Métis, First Nations and white settlers urged him to return to Canada and state their greivances with the government.  It would be the start of the end for the territories and the west as it had been.

After Louis Riel's trial in Regina Saskatchewan and his hanging, Louis Riel was returned to St.Boniface and his family's home where he laid in state until his buriel in the St. Boniface Cathedral cemetary.

The Riel House National Historic Site is open from mid-May to Labour Day, daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

330 River Road,Winnipeg MB.
Ph: (204) 257-1783)
Adults $3.90, Senior $3.40,
Youth $1.90

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