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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This out of the way little cove was named for an out of the ordinary little character.
What is today rich farmland and delightful bush was once covered by a vast glacier and the lake that came out of it.
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.
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.
Over 500 years ago, tribes from the south practiced horticulture near present-day Lockport.
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.
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.
One hundred years ago, ambitious businessmen like William Robinson and William Purvis left their marks on the shores of Lake Winnipeg.