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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Canada Bread Building (258 Burnell Street, Winnipeg)

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In 1911, the Toronto bakery of George Weston Limited merged with four other Ontario bakeries to create the Canada Bread Company. Shortly thereafter they announced that it would expand to Winnipeg on their way to creating Canada’s first national bakery. In October 1911, construction started on a new three-storey plant on Burnell Street, measuring 72 feet by 200 feet, built by contractor George Hughes Archibald. It was built at a cost of about $70,000 and completed in mid-1912.

The company hired Alfred Argue Ryley as manager of the company and under his supervision the company flourished by doubling its sales in the first two years and soon established itself as the Winnipeg’s largest bakery. In 1913, a two-storey building was built next to the bakery by contractor Aaron Grey was company’s horse stables and in 1915 the plant underwent an expansion that increased its capacity to 250,000 loaves per week.

Between 1924 and 1925, a three-storey addition measuring 25 feet by 200 feet was added to the north side of the building. Designed by local architect John Nelson Semmens, it was built by the construction firm of Wallace and Akins at a cost of about $80,000. In 1927, a third-storey addition to the stable building, also designed by Semmens and built by Wallace and Akins, was completed at a cost of about $22,000. Further alterations to the building were done in 1929 by Wallace and Akins, this time to make room for an 80-foot long electric oven capable of baking 4,000 loaves per hour.

In October 1998, the business closed and the building was vacant until being demolished in early 2020.

Photos & Coordinates

Construction of the Canada Bread Building

Construction of the Canada Bread Building (1912)
Source: Manitoba Free Press, 8 June 1912, page 11.

Canada Bread Building

Canada Bread Building (1915)
Source: Rob McInnes, WP2155

Canada Bread Building

Canada Bread Building (1929)
Source: Winnipeg Tribune, 5 November 1929, page 5.

Canada Bread Building

Canada Bread Building (August 2017)
Source: George Penner

Former site of Canada Bread Building

Former site of Canada Bread Building (December 2022)
Source: Jordan Makichuk

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.88606, W97.17133
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: George Hughes Archibald (1877-1959)

Memorable Manitobans: Aaron Grey (1865-1962)

Memorable Manitobans: John Nelson Semmens (1879-1960)

Manitoba Business: Wallace and Akins


“Convention Hall to be part of addition,” Manitoba Free Press, 8 June 1912, page 11.

“Canada Bread Co. Ltd.,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 November 1912, page 9.

“Building permits grow,” Manitoba Free Press, 17 May 1924, page 6.

“Scene of interesting installation,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 November 1929, page 5.

“36 years of progress,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 May 1949, page 60.

We thank George Penner and Rob McInnes for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Jordan Makichuk and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 July 2023

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