Historic Sites of Manitoba: Riel House (330 River Road, Winnipeg)

Riel House, an excellent example of Red River Frame construction built in 1880-1881, was originally the home of Joseph Riel, brother of Louis Riel, and his family. A plaque erected at the site by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada commemorates the Métis leader. Though Riel himself did not reside in the building, family members lived here until 1969. For two days in December 1885, Riel’s body lay in state in its living room. The house has been restored to its appearance in the spring of 1886.

Riel House

Riel House (July 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Riel House

Riel House (September 2022)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.81902, W97.13605
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Riel (1854-1921)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Red River Frame Buildings

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Plaques for Persons, Events and Sites of National Historic Significance


Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

Riel House National Historic Site of Canada

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 September 2022

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