Bunn Family

Site 01: Bunn’s Road

Hear Rachel Bunn tell the story of how her new stone home came to be built in 1862. Learn about the bungee dialect (now extinct), about Rachel’s husband Thomas Bunn and about the serious impact of Red River spring flooding.

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immigration hall East Selkirk, MB

Site 02: East Selkirk Immigration Hall

Around the year 1900, thousands of Eastern European (present-day Ukraine, Poland and Russia) immigrants came to Manitoba and were sent to the Immigration Hall at East Selkirk to live until they were able to secure a homestead. Listen to the story of one such Ukrainian family.

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St. Peters Dynevor Church

Site 03: St. Peters Dynevor Church

Built in 1851, this limestone church was built for 87 indigenous families in the community known as Indian Settlement and is still running to this day. It is a now a national historic site.

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1930c Grand Beach Dance Pavilion

Site 04: Grand Marais

On the south east corner of Lake Winnipeg is the village and cottage community of Grand Marais, so named by explorer LaVérendrye in 1736 meaning “the big marsh”. It began as a Métis community, became a busy railroad resort town in the early 1900s, and is now home to many cottagers and a popular provincial park.

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Selkirk ferry, Nov 1923

Site 05: River Ferries

Before roads, the Red River was the main transportation corridor in the area. People settled along the river on both sides. Before bridges were built in early 1900, people crossed the river by ferry or boat.

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aerial view of lock

Site 06: St. Andrews Lock and Dam

St. Andrews Lock and Dam was built on a grand vision to expand the shipping industry from Winnipeg to Lake Winnipeg and even into Saskatchewan by making a 5 km stretch of rapids north of Lockport navigable. This vision never came to fruition due to improvements in roads that made overland shipping a better option.

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Site 07: Selkirk Bridge

In the 1930s, there was still no bridge over the Red River in Selkirk. The government of the east side of the river claimed the ferry had been used over 50,000 times by its residents and a bridge had to be built. The federal government built one during the depression as a work relief project. It was to be a toll bridge but residents didn’t agree so took matters into their own hands.

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CIL Dynamite plant

Site 08: C-I-L Dynamite Plant Site

Thousands of people drive past this site everyday, yet few of them are aware of a local tragedy took place here. On this site stood a dynamite factory for over 40 years that supplied explosives for mines in Canada west of the Great Lakes of Ontario. On August 29, 1945, an accidental explosion took the lives of three men while they were working cleaning the cartridge-filling machine.

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Site 10: Van Horne Farm

Sir William Cornelius Van Horne is famous for his work on the Canadian Pacific and other railways. He was a Renaissance man whose interests carried him into, among other things, farming. The farm he owned in St. Clements was a noteworthy landmark for decades.

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Site 11: The East Slough

The Hudson Bay Company (HBC) built a dock in the East Slough called Colvile Landing. It was so named for high ranking Company official Eden Colvile. The HBC vessel Colvile carried Lord and Lady Dufferin during their tour of Manitoba in 1877.

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Site 12: Duff’s Ditch

The Red River Floodway was built by Duff Roblin’s government in the 1960s. Since its completion in 1968, it has saved Manitoba billions of dollars in flood damage. Its northern outlet lies just north of Lockport Dam.

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Site 13: Bird’s Hill

Bird’s Hill was named for James Bird, who received a sizable land grant in the area upon retirement from the Company. He and his son Curtis both served in high positions in early Manitoba politics.

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Site 14: Gunn’s Mill

Members of the Gunn family were important figures in early Manitoba. Donald and his son John played important roles in religion, politics, education, science, and enterprise.

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Site 15: Mackenzie Presbyterian Church

Presbyterians have been prominent in Manitoba’s political, social, economic, and religious history since the start of colonial times. Mackenzie Presbyterian Church was their meeting place in St. Clements.

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Site 19: Rowley House

Though trained to be a lawyer in London, A. B. Rowley spent his life as a pillar of the community just east of Selkirk in St. Clements.

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Site 21: The 90 Degree Turn

Sandford Fleming – Engineer-in-Chief for the Canadian Pacific Railway, inventor of time zones, designer of Canada’s first postage stamp – said the railway should cross at Selkirk. The city’s situation would make it a great city. Wallets in the City of Winnipeg, however, had other plans.

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