The BDI- Bridge Drive In

bridge drive in winnipegBefore our guests from Hong Kong and India left Winnipeg we thought we needed to take them to the city’s most popular ice cream stand the Bridge Drive-In .bridge drive in jubilee winnipegThe Bridge Drive In (known more commonly in Winnipeg as simply The BDI) has been serving ice-cream to patrons since May 1 1957 and on a warm summer evening there is always a line up of people waiting to get sundaes and milkshakes and a dipped cone. The crowd on the night we were there was modest. 

bridge drive in on a busy dayBut this is how it can look on a busy afternoon. bicycling to the bridge drive in

Dave and Anil cycled over to the BDI on Jubilee Avenue and we ladies took the car. 

eating icecream at the bidThe Bridge Drive In has many flavors of soft ice-cream and you can get your cone dipped in butterscotch or chocolate and rolled in nuts. bridge bar bridge drive in

Anil and I both opted for the Bridge Bar while Dave and the ladies had soft icecream. bdi bridgeThe bridge beside the ice cream parlor is The Elm Park Bridge but it is often called the BDI Bridge. The ice cream stand was named after the bridge when it opened and now 57 years later the bridge has come to be known by the name of the ice cream stand.elm Park BridgeThe Bridge crosses the Red River and was built in 1912.The bridge used to have a 5 cent toll for pedestrians a 10 cent toll for vehicles and a 25 cent toll for trucks. The toll charges were stopped in 1946 and the bridge was closed to vehicles in 1974. The city did not tear down the bridge because it was too expensive to do so.musician bridge drive inThe night of our visit there was even a saxophonist at the end of the bridge to serenade us. 

eating icecream bridge drive inDave and I used to live one street over from the Bridge Drive In on Rosedale Avenue when we were first married and we visited the iconic ice cream stand regularly. It was fun to go back with our visitors and introduce them to a Winnipeg landmark. 

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  1. Andrew Burns

    Mary Lou,

    Just happened on your blog which is a real gem. As a former Winnipeger who still has ties to the city, it is really refreshing to see it through your eyes. A great job.

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