The Winnipeg Trails Association and Storefront Manitoba invite design teams to submit proposals for a permanent bench to be located along the Trans Canada Trail. We are asking you to put your skills to work and challenge the concept of a ‘common’ bench. We are looking for an intervention that has the power to stop people in their tracks and provide a place to wait, rest, read and more.


The Winnipeg Trails Association is a coalition of volunteer trail builders and trail users who are focused on accelerating trail development and connectivity in Winnipeg. Our association consists of over 40+ organizations and partners who are promoting the use and development of recreational and commuter trails for the benefit and enjoyment of all Manitobans and visitors to our province.

StorefrontMB was established in 2011 to foster design culture in Manitoba. Since its inception, StorefrontMB has coordinated a host of events, including: forums, film series, the annual Winnipeg Design Festival, Winnipeg Commerce Design Competition, the Architecture Fringe Festival, Table for 1200 More, as well as publishing numerous books on design in Manitoba. The organization is overseen by a board of directors that draws from all spatial disciplines: Landscape, Architecture, Interiors, and Planners.


Two sites have been identified along the Trans Canada Trail which has recently been rebranded as The Great Trail. ‘The Great Trail’ was chosen to engage Canadians of all ages by referring to the uplifting and inspiring experience of being on the Trail itself. Made up of hundreds of local trails, joined together to form one of the world’s longest and grandest trails, The Great Trail offers a multitude of trail experiences from wilderness pathways, rail trails, forested trails, rural tracks, historic canoe routes to paved urban walkways, downtown streets, country roads, logging roads, and secondary highways.

The Trail offers Canadians and international visitors a unique way to get outdoors, explore major cities and small towns; experience our ever-changing landscapes; and discover Canada’s rich history, and diverse cultures, communities and people. Refer to The Great Trail website for more info including this useful interactive map:

Design teams will select one of the following sites for their bench installation


Situated on the south bank of the Assiniboine River, Site 1 is an existing park called Sir John Franklin Park East named after Arctic explorer Sir. John Franklin. There is an existing CN rail bridge and pedestrian bridge that connects to Omands Creek Park located on the north side of the Assiniboine River.

The Great Trail runs through this site and across the bridge to connect with the Omand’s Creek Greenway Trail. Omand’s Creek is an important urban oasis for wildlife. Along the way the trail-user will pass by quality riparian forest and native tall grass prairie.



The existing multi-use trail located within this site is the Northeast Pioneers Greenway (NPG) and a part of The Great Trail which is a rail-to-trail conversion of the former Marconi Spur rail line. This former CPR rail line, constructed in 1878, is now a popular active transportation corridor, which has been embraced by the community. Native prairie habitat such as remnants of Tall Grass Prairie, wetland meadows and river bottom forest thrive along the trail, providing homes for birds and insects. Interpretive signs assist in identifying flora and fauna, such as big bluestem, little bluestem, needle grass, milkweed, asters, mallards, carp, turtles and more. Historical signs along the greenway honour pioneers, past and present, while inspiring future generations. This trail connects communities from The Forks National Historic Site to Birds Hill Provincial Park.

Bunn’s Creek runs along the northwest side of the NPG and the area along this length is part of a restoration project to help remove invasive species and reintroduce native plantings to preserve this wildlife corridor.

The Northeast Pioneers Greenway is home to art projects such as Life Journey by Denise Préfontaine & the KildonanEast Collegiate Girls’ Club and also Along The Creek by Becky Thiessen and Knowles Centre.




Total Prize: $7,500