Landmarks, Monuments & Built Heritage of the West

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections/Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg Archives/Archives of Manitoba Canadian Architectural Archives, University of Calgary  Educational Site

A major component of community life is the landmarks, monuments and built heritage within that community.  Canadian historians have often claimed that the physical and geographical heritage of Canadians have played a key role in the development of our identity as a nation.  Western Canadians, in particular, have been molded by their landscapes and architecture.  From sod huts to towering skyscrapers, the built heritage of western Canadian communities has influenced the development of the region and the people.  This website consists of nearly 7000 digtized items from the archival holdings of the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg Archives, the Archives of Manitoba, and the University of Calgary's Canadian Architectural Archives pertaining to this topic.  The digitized textual documents, photographs, blueprints, and audio and video clips illustrate how western Canada has been shaped by its architecture.

Can you identify an unidentified photograph in the digitized material?  Do you have additional information pertinent to an item's description? Have you come across a broken link or a spelling error?  If you have a comment to make regarding this site we would love to hear from you.  Send an email to with the subject line "Landmarks, Monuments & Built Heritage of the West" and let us know what you think.

This project was made possible through the Canadian Culture Online Program of Canadian Heritage, Library and Archives Canada and the Canadian Council of Archives.


For more information on the architectural history of buildings in Winnipeg, visit the Architecture and Fine Arts Library's Winnipeg Building Index.

For more information on landmarks, monuments and built heritage with an emphasis on Alberta, see the description for the Orest Semchishen fonds on Library and Archives Canada's website.


Note: To view the digitized material within the Landmarks, Monuments, & Built Heritage of the West website you will have to enable pop-up windows on your computer's web browser.
If using Internet Explorer (XP SP2), Go to "Tools"|"Pop-up Blocker"|"Turn Off Pop-up Blocker" OR Keep the Control (Ctrl) key pressed down while clicking on the links to the digitized material.
If using Mozilla Firefox, Go to "Tools"|"Options"|"Web Features" and uncheck "Block Popup Windows."
If using Safari, Go to "Safari"|"Block Pop-up Windows" and make sure that menu option is unchecked.

You may also have to remove your Google toolbar which also contains a pop-up blocker.  To do so, access "Control Panel" in "My Computer", select "Add or Remove Programs", and select "Google Toolbar".