Emmaus House is located on the Northern edge of Armstrong Point near downtown Winnipeg. The area features:
a string of local street restaurants, cafes and bakeries.
A grocery store within an 8 minute walking distance.
The Cornish Library is visible from the kitchen window.
A river walk (Cornish Path) leads to the Forks (pictured above) in 20-25 min.
Excellent bus routes to all the major universities and colleges. For example, Express Bus #36 will take you from Westiminster (a 5 minute walk) to the University of Manitoba in 35 minutes. The University of Winnipeg is a 20 minute bus ride on #20 or a 25 minute walk from Emmaus House (great exercise in any weather).
The bicycle path from Cornish to Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) is one of the most beautiful paths in Winnipeg. It follows Wellington Crescent and then through Assiniboine Park. The bus service can take between 30 and 45 minutes.
A BRIEF HISTORY
"Located about a mile away from the Forks, Armstrong’s Point is a small area of land by the Assiniboine River. It was developed in the 1880s and remains a private and isolated area that many Winnipegers are still unaware of to this day. Armstrong’s Point has been formerly known as Pensioners’ Point, Hill’s Point, and Victoria Place. The land on which this suburban area was built was originally given to Captain Joseph Hill by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1848. He sold the property in 1881 to John McDonald and E. Rothwell who divided the land into lots thus converting it into a residential area.
As Winnipeg continued to grow and become a commercial centre, the higher class residents no longer desired to live in the central core of the city. They wanted to escape from the chaos, noise, pollution, disease, criminals, and immigrants that filled the City’s centre streets. Armstrong’s Point offered that exclusivity, safety, and peacefulness that the wealthy desired and has since been home to some of Winnipeg’s richest citizens. Many of the homeowners even named their houses. There are three gated entrances that act to further separate and secure the area from the rest of Winnipeg.
"An intact neighbourhood over a century old, Armstrong's Point is valued by residents and visitors alike. Although individual homes and institutions are acknowledged, it's the area itself - the cluster of large, well-maintained older homes - that is most appreciated. Many of these homes have been evaluated for historical significance (a total of 72 neighbourhood buildings are identified in Historical Buildings Conservation Inventory), but only a few homes and structures are on the Historical Buildings Conservation List." http://www.heritagewinnipeg.com/blog.html?item=131