The Paddlewheel Restaurant in the Downtown Winnipeg Bay, Jan 11 2013

“The Paddlewheel restaurant, a mainstay of The Bay’s downtown store in Winnipeg, will close later this month.

Officials with the Hudson’s Bay Company and the Compass Group, a food services company, say the longtime eatery will shut down on Jan. 24. 2013

Officials did not specify why they are closing the Paddlewheel, except to say in a statement that the closure supports “The Bay’s continued efforts to improve and deliver an exceptional shopping experience to our customers.”

The restaurant in the downtown store, at the corner of Portage Avenue and Memorial Boulevard, features a simulated paddlewheel steamship alongside one wall and painted steam clouds on the ceiling.

Some of the seating gives the illusion of being on a paddlewheel deck.

Once an immensely popular restaurant that has served generations of Winnipeggers, the Paddlewheel appears to have fallen out of favour in recent years.

In 2011, The Bay said it was revamping 24 of its in-store restaurants across Canada, including the Paddlewheel.”

From the CBC website

The Bay’s Paddle Wheel Buffet ad from 1954


Old ads courtesy of;

The Bay Department store, Downtown Winnipeg, built 1926


The Hudson’s Bay Company store in Winnipeg, built of Tyndall Stone


The only thing on the 6th floor Bay is the Paddlewheel Restaurant


The escalators going up to the 6th floor



6th floor of the Hudson’s Bay Company, 450 Portage Ave, Winnipeg



The Paddlewheel Restaurant in the Downtown Winnipeg Bay store opened in 1954



The Bay food trays with wood pattern



The Paddlewheel Restaurant, Top Floor (6th) the Bay Downtown Winnipeg




The Paddlewheel Restaurant, the Bay Downtown Winnipeg




The Paddlewheel Restaurant, the Bay Downtown Winnipeg. Nummy food in steam trays behind glass


Coke versus Pepsi


The Paddlewheel Restaurant, the Bay Downtown Winnipeg, slices of pie under cellophane


The enormous kitchens of The Paddlewheel Restaurant, the Bay Downtown Winnipeg



Tops to keep your food warm in the cafeteria



There used to be four cashier lines in service. I guess it once was desperately busy.


SaniServ Ice Cream Machine


Cafeteria Coffee Mugs










The floor is worn away by the cash register


The Paddlewheel Restaurant, the Bay Downtown Winnipeg



There used to be real water in the Paddlewheel tank.




Staff break room




Hudson’s Bay Company Ships “Prince Albert” and “Prince Rupert” 1845


Roast Beef Lunch at The Paddlewheel Restaurant, the Bay Downtown Winnipeg


Booster seats in the restaurant


The Paddlewheel Restaurant, the Bay Downtown Winnipeg











Winnipegger’s have know the Paddlewheel Restaurant to be an place for “old people” for at least 10 years. That’s why it was so cool!




Old fashioned Pas Winter Queen and HBC Blanket Coats, Hudson’s Bay Company heritage


photo by Foote, 2nd floor of the Winnipeg Bay store, blouses and corsets, 1925












There used to be VLT’s in this room. I’m sure it was more posh in the 70’s




The Beaver Magazine published by the Hudson’s Bay Company was known as “A Journal of Progress” and “A Magazine of the North” The magazine began in 1920 but changed it’s name to “Canada’s History” in 2010

“The Hudson’s Bay Company founded The Beaver as a monthly digest in 1920, following a countrywide naming competition. The editors filled its pages with tales of fur trapping, encounters with natives both genial and ferocious, and far-flung expeditions across the border, all peppered with odes to the greater glory of the Hudson’s Bay Company. “Canada’s prosperity may be attributed to no other influence so certainly than that of the Hudson’s Bay Company,” was a typical declaration published in June 1921.

The first issue, dated Christmas 1920, featured a breathless dispatch from the HBSS Nascopie, voyaging from Montreal into Hudson Bay. The passenger list “included the Eskimo murderer ‘Ovangwak’ and his intrepid captor Sergeant Douglas, who bore the long arm of British law into the Arctic Regions last year in his search for the man-killing ‘huskie.’ ” Conversely, a later issue printed the pulpy tale of Hudson’s Bay man Alec Macdonald and his forbidden love affair with Nekamoos, an 18-year-old Eskimo woman. (“My father wishes me to marry Was-tag-win,” said the girl gravely. “The deuce he does! You will refuse, won’t you?”)”





The Zeller’s store in the basement of the Bay is also shutting down and moving out. January 2013



Store Closing, Everything Must Go, 60% off!


Hudson’s Bay Company, Downtown Winnipeg


Hudson’s Bay Company, Downtown Winnipeg



Hudson’s Bay Company, Downtown Winnipeg, built 1926


Hudson’s Bay Company, Downtown Winnipeg, Graham and Vaughan street


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