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Armstrong's Point
East Blanchard Park, Winnipeg
East Blanchard Park, Winnipeg
Armstrong's Point is located in Manitoba
Armstrong's Point
Armstrong's Point
Location in Manitoba
Country  Canada
Province  Manitoba
Established 1880
 • Total 0.3 km2 (0.1 sq mi)
234 m (768 ft)
 • Total 370
 • Density 1,230/km2 (3,200/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Forward Sortation Area
Area codes 204, 431

Armstrong's Point (informally referred to as The Gates) is a neighbourhood in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is located in the West End of the city and in a large bend in the Assiniboine River. The land was developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a residential district.


The Hudson's Bay Company deeded the land to Joseph Hill who arrived at Red River of the North in 1849 with a Pensioner Regiment. The area was originally called Point-a-Peltier. In 1854, returning to England, Hill put James Armstrong (1790-1874) in charge of the property. Hearing of Hill's death, the property was sold to Francis Evans Cornish, the first mayor of Winnipeg. In the early 1880s, Hill returned to Winnipeg, and reestablished his ownership of the land before selling it to a speculators' syndicate in April 1881 for $28,000. The speculators renamed the area Victoria Place, though officially it was known as Registered Plan 119.

Cornish Library Winnipeg
The Cornish Library, a local branch of the Winnipeg Public Library

During the period of 1880 through 1920, houses were built on its four roads, Cornish Avenue, East Gate, West Gate, and Middle Gate. The first home was completed in 1882.

Some of the buildings in Armstrong's Point that are historically significant are:

  • 20 West Gate, the Cornish Library, completed in 1915
  • 40 West Gate, which became the French Consulate
  • 54 West Gate, the Ralph Connor House, which became a National Historic Site
  • 86 West Gate which became Westgate Mennonite Collegiate - demolished 1989.
  • 134 West Gate, which became the Japanese Consulate
  • 158 West Gate, which became St. John's-Ravenscourt School- demolished 1950.


The Gates at East Gate, West Gate, Middle Gate, were designed by the architect Lt. Col. Henry Norland Ruttan in 1911, and built in the same year. Flanking three entrances to the Winnipeg neighbourhood, they are nearly identical construction, built of stone and wrought-iron, and of Classical Revival style. Funded by residents and built by the city's engineering department, the Gates are unique, having been built by the property owners instead of a real estate developer.


Armstrong's Point is represented by Sherri Rollins in the constituency of Fort Rouge - East Fort Garry at the municipal level, Lisa Naylor in the constituency of Wolseley at the provincial level, and Leah Gazan in the constituency of Winnipeg Centre at the federal level. Overall, the neighbourhood is politically diverse and does not generally support any candidate with a large majority. Voter turnout for the 2008 federal election was 56%.


The 2016 population of the neighbourhood was 370 people. The median household income in Armstrong's Point was $59,421.

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