Little House With Big History
In the quiet community of St. Vital there is a national historic site that connects us to a time in Canada’s past that was both turbulent and crucial to the building of our nation. Here, in an unassuming Red River frame house on a Métis river lot, costumed interpreters tell the story of a famous Métis leader, and the founding of Manitoba.
Riel House National Historic Site commemorates Louis Riel, the leader of the provisional government for Manitoba in Red River and a director of negotiations for the creation of the Province of Manitoba in 1870. Riel dedicated his life to the defense of Métis and French Canadian rights in the West. His life came to a tragic end when he was hanged for high treason in 1885.
The house on River Road has been refurbished to the period when Louis Riel’s family was in a state of mourning after his execution. A black shawl hangs on the bed, a man’s picture is draped in black crepe. Period artifacts in the home and a heritage garden on the grounds reflect the family’s Métis lifestyle and culture.
Costumed staff at Riel House will provide personalized tours of the historic site until Labour Day weekend in September. Discover more about Louis Riel’s family and legacy on a tour, and check out one of the special events:
Enjoy the Métis family tradition of 'Sunday Visits' with bannock and lemonade on Sunday afternoons, or join in a morning of adventure for the whole family on Mondays and Saturdays in August, and
- Celebrate the annual Harvest Celebration and Corn Roast on Sunday, August 30 (1-5 pm).
Riel House National Historic Site