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Remembering the school inspector

Twice-a-year visits to the one-room school made for an eventful time

If questioned about a “school inspector,” today’s students might assume that a health and safety inspection was the topic. But in the days of the one-room rural school, a visit by the school inspector was viewed as an important event. As a student in the 1950s and ’60s — before the amalgamation of most rural […] Read more

Winter weather doesn’t stop birders

This is one of the best times to watch for birds and the lack of foliage makes it easier to spot them

Winter’s arrival doesn’t put a stop to birding in Manitoba, as this can actually be one of the best times for birdwatching. The variety of birds is, of course, much less, but that makes it easier to identify them. Birds may also be easier to see against the snow than hidden in grass or foliage, […] Read more

Celebrating the pumpkin

Whether as a fall decoration, pie ingredient or jack-o’-lantern, now is the time to use this sign of autumn

It’s pumpkin time again! Whether you think of pumpkins as primarily something to use as a decoration or as a common pie ingredient, or whether you think of them mainly to create jack-o’-lanterns to use at Halloween — it’s that time again. Classed as a fruit, the pumpkin is indigenous to the Western Hemisphere and […] Read more

Plan an autumn visit to the Uno Trestle Bridge

The trestle is impressive and it has an interesting history

For an interesting spot to visit this fall, take a drive to the Uno Trestle Bridge in western Manitoba. The trestle is a very impressive sight, the scenery well worth the trip and, for history buffs, the 1915 disaster at this site is of further interest. The present-day Uno bridge is 1,533 feet long, a […] Read more

Author Margaret Laurence commemorated in Neepawa

Plaque was unveiled which stands in front of the house in which she once lived

August 10 was a big day for the literary community of Neepawa, Manitoba. On that day, the community held the Manawaka Festival, billed as “a celebration of stories” and, in particular, a celebration of esteemed author, Margaret Laurence, who grew up in Neepawa, and used the town as her basis for stories set in the […] Read more

Friends of Spruce Woods still going strong

Volunteer organization has been around for more than 30 years

Friends of Spruce Woods (FOSWP) is a volunteer, non-profit organization that has been in operation for over 30 years. Founded in June 1986, the group’s chief mandate is to provide assistance to the hired employees of Spruce Woods Provincial Park in its operations. Its particular interest is conserving the flora and fauna for the public’s […] Read more

Hiking Hecla’s shoreline

This historical area has lots to offer and is well worth a visit

Most Manitoba parks offer a variety of hikes, often through forested areas, but for a different experience try a trip to Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park. Since 1971, Hecla has been joined to the mainland by a causeway, but technically visitors are on an island in Lake Winnipeg, so most of these walks begin and end at, […] Read more

Roadside statues have a story to tell

Some represent history, geography or legends, others are just plain quirky

Are you interested in exploring Manitoba’s rural areas, and want an educational summer project for your children? Why not research and visit some of the province’s many roadside statues. Often the monuments represent something important in the history of a town, such as the giant Viking at Gimli (which has the largest population of Icelanders […] Read more

Visit rural Manitoba’s historic churches

Buildings and cemeteries hold much historical information and some are designated heritage sites

Manitoba has many historic rural churches. Some no longer operate as churches, while others hold services only occasionally, but the buildings and accompanying cemeteries are often well maintained. Country churches, those not in towns or villages, are particularly interesting. One such church is St. Mary’s/St. Alban’s Anglican Church, situated southwest of the village of Kaleida […] Read more