Assiniboine Park Attractions
Assiniboine Park is open twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.
There are no admission fees for Assiniboine Park, the Assiniboine Park Conservatory, or the Pavilion Gallery Museum.
Assiniboine Park Gardens
Leo Mol Sculpture Garden
Combining artistic beauty with a natural setting, the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden offers a quiet retreat to view and enjoy the magnificent works of master sculptor, Dr. Leo Mol. A short walk from the Pavilion, the garden was created as a result of Dr. Mol’s generous gift of many of his wonderful bronze pieces and works of art to the community in which he lived.
The garden is also home to the Leo Mol Gallery featuring works by the gifted artist and the Leo Mol School House Studio. The interior of the School House has been maintained intact complete with moulds and plaster casts or major works. It allows the visitor a glimpse of how a bronze sculpture is created. The public may also view the National Film Board video, "Light and Shadow". Items relating to the work of Leo Mol are available at the gift shop. Group tours and audio tapes are also available.
NOTICE: The Leo Mol Gallery will be closed temporarily for repairs starting Monday, October 29, 2012. The School House will remain open for normal hours of operation.
Smoking is prohibited in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden.
The Formal Gardens, designed by Frederick Todd in 1907, provides a stylistic contrast to the English, or Informal garden. The shapes of the beds are sharply defined and highly geometrical. The garden is symmetrical in two ways: in the arrangement of the flowers in the beds and in the arrangement of the beds themselves.
The winding paths and free-form beds of the English Garden are indicative of the English Landscape style, which sought to convey an idealized but approachable view of nature, as opposed to the regimented symmetry of the Formal Garden. Two of the most notable statues in the English Garden, the Boy With The Boot and the Queen Victoria Monument were donated to the city to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. The English Garden is now planted mainly with annual flowers but a program is underway to revitalize this historic garden to restore it and its original design intent.
Smoking is prohibited in the English Gardens.
The Flats Garden are symmetrical, round beds that over the years have housed a variety of perennial and annual plants.
The Abilities Garden at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory is unique in the City of Winnipeg. Designed for visitors of all abilities, the garden promotes horticultural therapy. Within the abilities garden visitors will find sensory delights in the thyme mound, they will find tactile areas of vegetables and planter gardens. The garden is designed for those with limited as well as full mobility, with wheelchair level planters (soon to be installed) as well as ground gardens. The garden offers respite to all who visit – those who look to plants for their healing powers, or those who look to plants as a respite from the daily challenges we all face.
The Herb Garden, located just south of the Conservatory, was created in 1997 in cooperation with the Herb Society of Manitoba and features a wide variety of culinary and medicinal herbs in a traditional circular layout. Herb Society volunteers maintain the garden.
Garden of Life
The Garden of Life, a cooperative effort with the Transplant Manitoba - Gift of Life Program, is also maintained by dedicated volunteers, and was created in 1998. This beautiful garden is located out in front of the Conservatory. The Garden of Life is filled with approximately 3000 flowers that depict the shape, colour or care of the vital organs used in human transplantation. The Garden is very special because it honours the many unsung heroes who gave the gift of life, hope and happiness through organ donation. It is a tribute to living related and unrelated donors, organ and tissue donors and their families.