Community Mailboxes

Canada Post says that our community, like everyone else in Canada, will eventually be receiving mail through community mailboxes. Indeed, some of the in-fill housing developments in our neighbourhood are already receiving their mail this way.

We should think ahead about where we would like these mailboxes to be located. Here is the newest design announced by Canada Post, as reported in the National Post article.  Continue reading

Christmas shopping locally

As shoppers brace themselves for last minute gifts and the crowded malls, this is a great time to remember that our own local collection of retail merchants provide a convenient and superior shopping experience.

Most of our shopping opportunities are conveniently focussed along Academy Road and Corydon Avenue. Most of the shops are clustered, allowing you to easily walk from shop to shop.

Another strength of the shops in the Sir John Franklin area is that they are not typically part of large chain stores, and so offer a more interesting array of options and products you are less likely to find duplicated in major shopping malls.

Here are some good reasons to buy your gifts locally this year:

  • more unique selection of gifts
  • support owner-ooperated small businesses
  • eco-friendlier shopping by walking to shops
  • courteous and relaxed atmosphere
  • personal attention to your needs

Also consider asking local retail and service providers whether they offer gift certificates or gift cards. These are perfect for local residents who can easily take advantage of shopping close to home, and bring people from elsewhere to our area to continue supporting our neighbourhood.

Ideas for gift certificates/cards include:

  • coffee shops and restaurants
  • massage therapy and chiropractic services
  • clothing, shoes, fashion and accessories
  • gift shops
  • knick-knacks
  • specialty foods
  • beauty services
  • activities like bowling
  • convenience stores
  • and more!

Let’s make the shops in Sir John Franklin an important part of our shopping for this season and throughout the year. What are your favourite shops, and why? Share your thoughts with a comment.

Postal delivery to end

Typical community mailbox

Canada Post announced today that they plan to end of postal delivery as most of us know it in our Sir John Franklin community area.

Daily home delivery to our door will convert to community mailboxes, known to many as ‘super mailboxes’ or other names. This will present a big adjustment for people, especially those with mobility issues or tight schedules. The steady decline in reliance on postal services has already seen a higher proportion of unwanted mail to ‘real’ mail and the removal of some of our local places to drop items to be posted.

Because ours is a long-established urban neighbourhood, we are amongst the third of Canadians who may be unfamiliar with including going somewhere beyond our front door to get our mail. Rural customers and new neighbourhoods throughout the country have had to do this for years.

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Open house plan for single family homes

rendering of view of new bay development on Lanark Street,

rendering of view of new bay development on Lanark Street,

The open house held on November 26th revealed the developers’ plan to add 11 single family homes along Beaverbrook and a further 19 homes in a new bay on Lanark Street, essentially following the pattern of the existing neighbourhood.

A significant number of people turned out to the event held at the Sir John Franklin site of the community centre, where the developers were on hand to answer questions and provide information. There were several displays and forms to hear feed-back from residents and other interested parties.

The developers mentioned their desire for variety of home contraction, rather than a singular styled development. Their stated intention is to blend into the community.

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Where are the boundaries of the Winnipeg neighbourhood called Sir John Franklin?

  • To the EAST is Campbell Street (shifting westward to Lindsay at Fleet Ave.)
  • To the NORTH is Wellington Crescent and the Assiniboine River
  • To the SOUTH is Taylor Avenue
  • The WEST is Edgeland Boulevard


The Sir John Franklin community of Winnipeg is located on the western edge of River Heights. This website is growing to serve residents and businesses in this area with relevant information, and provide an opportunity to get to know and get involved in your community.