Get Out of the City and Explore Beach Cottages at the WAG’s 10th Annual Home Tour

Winnipeg, Manitoba, July 15, 2016: The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating a decade of the Home Tour by taking the annual event to Victoria Beach on Sunday, August 7, 2016. The tour will feature some of the most interesting cottages and modern lake homes along the shoreline of the beautiful beach. Organized by the Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, this fundraising event supports the WAG and its mission to help people see and experience more through art.

“Immersed in the boreal forest on the east shore of Lake Winnipeg, Victoria Beach hosts cottagers, year-round residents, and some stunning designs,” says Dr. Stephen Borys,WAG Director & CEO. “The WAG thanks the cottage owners for welcoming us into their spaces to support art in our community. We also congratulate and express our gratitude to the Associates of the WAG who have contributed thousands of dollars and hours to exhibitions, art scholarships, and art acquisitions, and who make unique Gallery experiences like the Home Tour happen.”

The self-guided tour allows entry into eight cottages, accessible by foot or bike. Whether a summer getaway or an all-season residence, these retreats are inspired, including designs by some of Winnipeg’s most accomplished architects.

The 2016 Home Tour highlights cottages built anywhere from 1917 to 2016. The oldest residence is one of the first buildings in Victoria Beach, located at 219 Sunset Blvd and known locally as “The Maclean Cottage.” Designed by Paulson Construction, the classic handcrafted home features a steeply pitched roof and remarkable views. Another original cottage, built in 1925 at 313 First Ave, is a charming example of Tudor Revival style.

21 Bayview, designed by Cibinel Architecture and completed this year by Dyson Construction, is both the newest lake home and recommended starting point for the Home Tour. This chic and comfortable lakeside retreat combines cedar shingles on the exterior, fir interior woodwork, and a cast concrete stairway to the mezzanine.

“Take a peek inside some marvelous cottages and lake homes,” invites Home Tour Chair, José Koes. “Come take a look at spaces designed to take advantage of the spectacular views Victoria Beach has to offer!”

The 2016 Home Tour will take place at Victoria Beach, on Sunday, August 7, from 10am-4pm. The tour route, including estimated walking times, is provided in the guidebook and online at Tickets are $45, with proceeds supporting WAG programming. Space is limited, so reserve your spot at or in person at the WAG, and starting July 23 at McNally Robinson Booksellers and Saffies General Store in Victoria Beach.

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For more information, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Tammy Sawatzky
Public Relations Coordinator
Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate – a lens and forum – helping people see and experience more through art. Playing a vital role in the community, engaging and enriching people of all ages and backgrounds through art and culture, the Winnipeg Art Gallery thrives as a creative, innovative, and accessible place for learning, discovery, and inspiration.



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