In 1820, a large log chapel was built. It measured 100 feet by 33 feet. Father Provencher became bishop in 1822 and consecrated the church. It thus became the first cathedral.
In 1832, Father Provencher built the second cathedral on this site. This cathedral burned in 1860, and a third one would be built in 1862 by Bishop Taché. It would suffice for many years, and in 1905-1908, the fourth one would be built for the growing population. Designed by the Montreal architectural firm of Marchand and Haskell, this cathedral, blessed by Mgr Langevin, was the best example of French Romanesque architecture in Manitoba. Sadly, it was ravaged by fire on July 22, 1968.
Within these ruins, and retaining the façade and the walls, a new cathedral would be designed by Franco-Manitoba architect Étienne Gaboury in 1972. Blessed by Archbishop Baudoux, it stands as proud today as it did one hundred years past.
Today, the tombs of six bishops and four missionaries lie within the crypt of St. Boniface Cathedral.
Louis Riel, Founder of the province of Manitoba and Father of the Métis Homeland, is buried here in Western Canada's largest and oldest Catholic cemetery.
I edited it to make it a little more dramatic