Doing Something About Portage & Main

October 15th, 2018 by Emma Durand-Wood

When I moved to Winnipeg by choice 10 years ago, I thought it was just angry grumps that hated this city. But naturally, within a few years, I admitted the bloom was off the rose, having come to terms that Winnipeg does indeed, have major problems. I spent a few years in the blur of […]

The Suite (of Options) Life in Winnipeg

August 28th, 2018 by Emma Durand-Wood

This past week, my family embarked on something of a new adventure. We sold our car! Yes, I put an exclamation mark there. (I think I mean it.) Why would we, a family of five who can easily afford a car, and who used to use their car regularly, do such a thing? Well, it’s […]

Bear with me

March 9th, 2018 by Emma Durand-Wood

Warning: stream of consciousness ahead. I will eventually get to something related to a point. For what feels like many years, I kept a LiveJournal. One of the original blogging social networks, I guess. I started it in college and wrote there regularly solidly for four years before moving on to my first “real” blog, […]

A Rant

October 14th, 2017 by Emma Durand-Wood

This morning I made a mistake. When the kids spotted the “snow” on the ground, they were euphoric with excitement and insisted on suiting up to go play. By the time they were dressed for outdoors, the snow had basically melted, but no matter – such is the magic of the first snowfall, right? The […]

Getting to know you….by bus and by foot

March 8th, 2017 by Emma Durand-Wood

Last year our ’99 Ford Escort finally kicked the bucket. Yep, we’d been happily driving a practically vintage vehicle, maintaining it diligently so as to squeeze out every last possible kilometre, until finally we got a $2000 transmission repair estimate that we couldn’t justify – that was worth way more than the value of the […]

Winnipeg: The Bachelorette Canada’s Other Villain

November 4th, 2016 by Emma Durand-Wood

To anyone who knows me, it’s no secret that one of my lamest pleasures is reality TV. Specifically, shows in the Bachelor franchise.  When they announced that after two seasons of Bachelor Canada, they’d be doing Bachelorette Canada for the first time, I was cautiously optimistic. Let’s face it: the two seasons of Bachelor Canada […]

Summer 2016 Highlights

September 8th, 2016 by Emma Durand-Wood

Howdy fellow ‘Peggers! It’s been too long. As always, there have been plenty of amazing things happening around town (and of course, some not-so-amazing things too), but this will be a pretty personal post, mostly making a record of some of my summer highlights. Peg eats July kicked off with a “moms’ morning out” date […]

Giving context to our city (plus my latest Winnipeg blog finds)

March 18th, 2016 by Emma Durand-Wood

A quick and random post today. I was catching up on Peg City Grub (one of my faves!) the other day and came across a fantastic quote, one the sums up something I’ve felt since my earliest days as a Winnipeg newbie. In the PCG post, chef Terik Cabildo of Vera Pizzaria on south Osborne is talking […]

On Not Coming of Age in The Peg

May 1st, 2015 by Emma Durand-Wood

I was in Osborne Village last night, getting my haircut and then running a few errands. It was misty and was drizzling a little, and the air was humid and smelled vaguely of pot and delicious fried foods from around the world. The aroma instantly transported me to my younger days in Vancouver, in Kits […]

What is it really like to move to Winnipeg?

December 19th, 2014 by Emma Durand-Wood

I recently got an email from someone who’s contemplating a move to the Peg, looking for the lowdown on what it’s really like to move from Vancouver to Winnipeg. I’ve included her message and then my response below. If you’ve moved here from a bigger or very different city, let me know what you think […]