Riel House National Historic Site of Canada

Photo of Louis Riel and letter © Parks Canada
As its name implies, this national historic site of Canada has close ties with Métis leader and a founder of Manitoba, Louis Riel. Occupying river lot 51 along the Red River, Riel House National Historic Site was the home of the Riel family. Descendants of this family continued to live in the home until 1969. It is here, in the living room of his mother's house, that Riel's body lay in state for two days in December 1885. The house itself, a Red River Frame building (a style of construction popular for this region) has been restored to the spring of 1886.