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Assiniboine Park washroom among nicest in Canada

If you happen to go to Assiniboine Park, and happen to have to 'go' while in Assiniboine Park, you can do so in style by the Lyric.

Repurposed shipping containers might be the best washroom in Canada, and could be crowned as such with your vote.

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Repurposed shipping containers might be the best washroom in Canada, and could be crowned as such with your vote.

A Winnipeg washroom might win an award for being one of the prettiest potty palaces in the country.

The Assiniboine Park Lyric Theatre’s repurposed shipping container washroom is a finalist in the 2016 Canada’s Best Restroom contest, hosted by Cintas Canada.

The contest, meant to bring attention to the cleanest, most innovative and functional washrooms in all the land, describes the Lyric’s facilities as “architecturally eye-catching, fun and colourful.”

Designed by Peter Sampson Architecture studio, the three 40-foot shipping containers were actually constructed 95 per cent off-site, then shipped to the park.

A statement from Cintas Canada said the “upcycling of these shipping containers solved both budget and construction constraints.”

“The three containers add a fun feeling of modernity to the Park, juxtaposing the historical feel of the surrounding Lyric Theatre and Pavilion Gallery Museum buildings.”

The bathrooms are already decorated with accolades after winning the 2014 AZ Award for Design Excellence and the 2014 Prairie Design Award of Excellence.