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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selkirk-bridge

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 09: Selkirk Generating Station

The Selkirk Generating Station was built by the Roblin Government to respond to increasing power needs in the 1960s. It continues to operate just east of Selkirk Bridge. Transcription: The Selkirk Generating Station was constructed in answer to the rapidly growing power needs of Southern Manitoba. Officials estimated that, over the next 15 years from…

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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. Transcription: Sir William Cornelius Van Horne was born the son of…

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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. Transcription: Lord Dufferin was the third Governor General of the Dominion of Canada….

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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. Transcription: “Roblin’s Folly!” cried the liberal opposition when they heard the proposed floodway would cost Manitoba 63 million…

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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. Transcript: James Curtis Bird was one of Western Canada’s early “rulers in the wilderness”. Bird left London in 1788 on…

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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. Transcription: At this picturesque creek in the woods of Little Britain, a cultured and enterprising Scotsman made his home in the early 19th century.   In his youth, Donald…

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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. Transcription: By the time Mary MacKenzie arrived in St. Clements, she was building on a long history of Presbyterian faith in Manitoba. The first Presbyterians in the…

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Site 16: Beaconia Beach

This out of the way little cove was named for an out of the ordinary little character. Transcription: Lake Winnipeg has generated countless tales of excitement and oddity. Among stories of the latter sort are peculiar escapades of the little Dane, August Larson.   Larson appeared on the scene in 1896, when he made his…

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Site 17: Agassiz Beach

What is today rich farmland and delightful bush was once covered by a vast glacier and the lake that came out of it. Transcription: From the geocache site, find the hill to look out over Lake Winnipeg. This is the same view you would’ve had of the water at the edge of the ice-age era…

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Site 18: St. Jude’s Anglican Church

As an Anglican congregation in a thinly populated, non-Anglican area, the experience of St. Jude’s was different from that of most Anglican Churches in the province. Transcription: The influx of immigrants to Manitoba in the 1890s sparked growth in the lakeside settlements of the east beaches. Fishing and lumbering businesses helped to establish the communities…

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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. Transcription: Alexander Butler Rowley was born in Penryth, Cumberland in 1855. The family farm was in the lake district, an area that inspired the lake poets William Wordsworth,…

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Site 20: Where the Fishing was Great

Over 500 years ago, tribes from the south practiced horticulture near present-day Lockport. Transcription: The spread of maize-growing agriculture on the central and northern great plains between 400 CE and 800 CE encouraged the growth of concentrated settlements.   Better mastery of the food supply by the peoples living there contributed to population growth. Long…

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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. Transcription: To the honourable Charles Tupper, Minister of Railways…

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Site 22: The Postage Stamp Province

The original boundaries of the Province of Manitoba made it look like a fine little postage stamp on the map of the Dominion of Canada. Transcription: The same month Colonel Wolseley’s Red River expedition left Toronto to stabilize Red River in the wake of the Riel Rebellion, the dominion parliament debated the bill that would…

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Site 23: Fisherman’s Wharf

One hundred years ago, ambitious businessmen like William Robinson and William Purvis left their marks on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Transcription: What remains of Fisherman’s Wharf lies as a relic of a golden age of great enterprise and fishing on Lake Winnipeg.   Even after Manitoba entered Confederation, fishing on the lake was a…

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