Doorways Open means go to to childhood dwelling for senior – Winnipeg Free Press

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Before the Perimeter Highway, a ferry crossing the Assiniboine River connected folks in St. Charles and Charleswood. Today, Bob LaFleche visited his old home next to the ferry crossing during Doors Open Winnipeg.

“It leaked!” recalled LaFleche of the ferry, who grew up next to the crossing in Caron House, a historic home built in 1905 that is one of the few remaining settlers’ farmhouses on the Assiniboine River.

“It was great,” the 76-year-old said of growing up in the big brick house with balconies facing the river in old Charleswood where he hunted rabbits.

Bob LaFleche, 76, holds a photo of the St. Charles ferry crossing the Assiniboine River carrying his family’s 1953 Ford. La Flèche grew up in Caron House next to the ferry crossing and returned there for Doors Open Winnipeg today.

He and his six brothers and sister took the ferry across the river to school in St. Charles every day. The ferry used the river’s current and cables to move it back and forth until the Perimeter Highway just west of there opened in 1959, said LaFleche, who had with him a photo of the ferry hauling his family’s 1953 Ford across the river.

His former home, Caron House, was preserved by the Charleswood Historical Society with the help of many donors. It is one of 80 buildings and sites open to the public this weekend for Doors Open Winnipeg. In its 12 year, the free annual event celebrates Winnipeg architecture and heritage.


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