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St. Boniface, home to the largest French-speaking community in Western Canada, was founded in 1818 by Bishop Provencher who established the first Roman Catholic mission in the west. The grand tree-lined boulevard named after the Bishop is the heart of the French Quarter. It is within easy walking distance of downtown or The Forks, via the newly completed Esplanade Riel. Paralleling the river is Taché Avenue, site of the romanesque St. Boniface Cathedral (avenue de la Cathédrale just east of Taché), built in 1908, which was destroyed by fire in 1968. It remains as an elegant façade to the new structure, built in 1972. Manitoba founder Louis Riel is buried here. Next door, the St. Boniface Museum is the largest oak log building in North America.