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Hansel & Gretel – The Witch’s Hut

Hansel & Gretel – The Witch’s Hut

Nestled among the forest along a creak filled with ducks in Kildonan Park – Winnipeg Manitoba

The famous German fairy tale of Hansel & Gretel by The Brothers Grimm is illustrated in the Witch’s Hut. It tells the tale of 2 children losing their way in the forest, finding a witch’s hut built of gingerbread and candies. Hansel is locked up, while Gretel is put to work for the witch. Eventually the children escape her evil grasp.

Kildonan’s witches hut was officially opened in October 1970 and has been open ever since during the summer months. It’s also a popular site for photographers and the Fairy Tales Festival.

Note: also in the park is the famous Rainbow Stage, an outdoor theatre venue.

 

 

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Winnie the Pooh’s connection to 3 Canadian Cities

Winnie the Pooh’s connection to 3 Canadian Cities

We’ve all heard the stories of Christopher Robin & Winnie the Pooh, but how many of you know the actual story of how & where it all started?

Winnie the Pooh has been long associated with my home town of Winnipeg Manitoba because the soldier, Harry Colebourn, who actually owned the bear, was from Wpg, MB.   He had named the female bear “Winnipeg”, but was later shorted to “Winnie”.

Something I had no idea was that Winnie was not actually from Winnipeg. Winnie was from White River Ontario where she was purchased for only $20.

Eventually, Harry Colebourn had to leave for the war and Winnie was housed in the London Ontario Zoo, where she passed away 12 May 1934 (aged 20)

So there you have it, a little history on Canada’s Winnie the Pooh!

ps. More info on Winnie – Wikipedia 

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