|Use:||Pedestrian Bridge and Restaurant|
|Engineers:||Colin Douglas Stewart, Wardrop Engineering Winnipeg|
Named in honour of Louis Riel, Esplanade Riel spans Winnipeg's Red River, connecting the downtown with the district of St. Boniface. Constructed in 2003, the structure is cable-stayed from a single, transversely inclined pylon rising 57 metres above the river below. The bridge deck, seven metres wide, cantilevers from this point, 110 m in one direction and 87 m in the other. A historical diorama can be viewed from the deck, along the elevation of the neighbouring four-lane Provencher Bridge.
Unique features of the pedestrian bridge include an architectural composite tower that is prestressed with a cantilevered and stayed semi-circular plaza area at the base of the tower. This plaza provides space for commercial activities and accommodates a restaurant.