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Powerhouse Building

A point of interest on the Winnipeg's Wealthy Beginnings GPS-guided audio walking tour.

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Audio Transcript

It’s hard to imagine, looking at the Power House building to your left, that there’s an elaborate series of tunnels running underground, connecting it to the Legislative Building, but there is!

No expense was spared in building the Power House or the tunnels that still deliver electricity. Winnipeg was one of Canada's fastest growing and wealthiest cities in those days. But having a healthy budget didn’t prevent a near fatal disaster during excavation. As the tunnels were being dug, a single warning crack resounded menacingly, echoing its warning just in time to alert 12 workers who narrowly jumped to safety as walls collapsed, allowing them to escape a terrifying accident.

Theirs isn’t the only escape story tied to these tunnels, though.

It used to be common practice to have inmates working on projects around the city. In 1917, a year after prohibition had begun, one man, serving time for bootlegging, decided to take advantage of the dark, shadowy tunnels to make his escape. He did get away but, ironically, was caught a few hours later, at home, having a drink, toasting freedom.

Until about 35 years ago the tunnels were open to the public. Unfortunately, they’re in need of repair now and just not safe enough for exploring.

Don't worry though, we can still explore the beautiful building right next to this one though!

Image by Mahesh Gupta

Winnipeg's Wealthy Beginnings

This POI is featured on the Winnipeg's Wealthy Beginnings Audio Walking Tour, part of the Tripvia Tours mobile app available for Android & Apple.

All audio walking tours are self-guided and include fully narrated commentary.

Trivia Challenge

Each POI has a fun multiple choice trivia challenge you can test your skills on.

The trivia questions are separate from the commentary and completely optional.

The app keeps score for you so you can challenge your friends and family.

How it Works

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automatically plays

audio tours play based

on GPS location

fun trivia questions

add to the fun

easy navigation with

live GPS maps

professional tour guides

family friendly

no data used on tour 

no signal required

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