Manitoba invests $15M in Assiniboine Park redevelopment project

The Manitoba government is chipping in to help pay for Canada’s Diversity Gardens, part of Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s $200-million redevelopment project.

Construction of Canada's Diversity Gardens to begin in 2017

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger says the province will contribute $15 million toward Canada's Diversity Gardens at Assiniboine Park. (CBC)

The Manitoba government says it will invest $15 million in Canada's Diversity Gardens, the final major phase of Assiniboine Park Conservancy's $200-million redevelopment project.

"We embrace this project because it will become a place for learning, gathering and reflecting on our own diversity, as well as a major tourist draw," said Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger.
An artist's rendering of one of the paths to be created inside The Leaf, which will connect visitors to various biodomes and a butterfly house at Canada's Diversity Gardens. The province of Manitoba said Monday it will to contribute $15 million towards the Assiniboine Park project. (

When completed, Diversity Gardens will be an "iconic landmark" in Manitoba, said Selinger.

The attraction will replace the current Assiniboine Park Conservatory, which is more than 100 years old and nearing the end of its lifespan, an Assiniboine Park Conservancy spokeswoman said.

Aside from the province's investment, funding for Diversity Gardens has come from private donations and other levels of government, said a Tuesday news release.

Diversity Gardens is comprised of four parts, called "cornerstones":

  • The Leaf, a 6,000-square-metre facility with tropical and Mediterranean biodomes, a butterfly house and classrooms, connected together by a series of paths.

  • Indigenous Peoples' Garden, a gathering place where visitors can learn about aboriginal perspectives, cultural practices and contributions.

  • Cultural Mosaic Gardens, an "ornamental horticultural masterpiece" featuring garden styles from countries across the northern hemisphere.

  • The Grove, where visitors can take in the majesty of the park's trees year-round.

Along with providing a destination for tourists to explore, Diversity Gardens will provide a year-round living classroom for Manitobans where people can learn about plant life, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy says.

Construction of Canada's Diversity Gardens is set to begin in 2017.

An artist's interpretation shows a daytime view of The Leaf, Canada's Diversity Garden's 6,000-square-metre facility featuring tropical and Mediterranean biodomes. (