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"Award Winning Beauty and Recognized Quality of Life, A Growing Community" Campground • Golf Course Pool and Waterslides • Heritage Buildings

Phone: (204) 748-2440


Email: info@virden.ca


Online: www.virden.ca






(204) 707-6020

WELCOME TO THE The Town of Virden is located in the southwest region of Manitoba along the TransCanada Highway west of Brandon. The town was known originally as “Gopher Creek” when it was first settled by pioneers looking to carve out a new life as farmers in the west. When the Canadian Pacific Railway finally reached the area in the 1880s the town was renamed Virden. Due to the ideal flat landscape, the railway segment stretching from Oak Lake to Regina actually held the record for the largest span of tracks in the world to be completed within one season. The railway is also the reason for what visitors and residents may notice in the strange angle of the town streets and buildings. In order to get the best bridge footing for the tracks, they were laid from southeast to northwest. Virden has stately old homes that have been preserved from the turn of century.

Virden was recognized for its lovely well-kept landscape. It was named “Most Beautiful Town in Canada” by the 1996 Communities in Bloom. In 1951 the town went through an uproarious change when oil was discovered in the region. At the time, the population grew, businesses sprang up, housing and construction flour-

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ished, and pipelines were laid between communities. The oil boom of Virden has been made in a documentary film entitled Eternal Flame. Recently, Virden has experienced a second boom in the oil industry, creating career opportunities, benefitting the community and economy and brining new residents to Virden.

The Virden Airport, R.J. (Bob) Andrew Field, was originally built during World War II as a Commonwealth Air Training Base. It now has a 4,000 foot runway, paved and lighted, which can accommodate most charter and commercial flights as well as the Life Flight program based out of Winnipeg.

VIRDEN’S IMPORTANT NUMBERS Emergency Virden & District Hospital RCMP Town of Virden RM of Wallace Aud Theatre Arts Mosaic Prairie West Recreation Pioneer Home Museum Wellview Golf Course Swimming Pool Curling Rink Tundra Oil & Gas Place

911 (204) 748-1230 | 480 King St. E. (204) 748-2135 | 541 King St. W. (204) 748-2440 | 236 Wellington St. W (204) 748-1239 | 305 Nelson St. W. (204) 748-1982 | 228 Wellington St. W. (204) 748-3014 | 425 - Sixth Ave. S. (204) 748-2542 | 425 - Sixth Ave. S. (204) 748-1659 | 390 King St. W. (204) 748-1721 | Highway #83 & PR #257 (204) 748-1854 | 220 Lyons St. E. (204) 748-1745 | 170 Lyons St. E. (204) 748-2736 | 900 Fifth Ave.

Oxford Assembly Pentecostal

(204) 748-1329 | 381 Oxford St.

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic St. Andrew’s Presbyterian St. Mary’s Anglican St. Paul’s United Virden Alliance Virden Baptist Kola Evangelical Mennonite Cromer United Church Wallace United Church Victory Church

(204) 748-2570 | 481 Queen St. W. (204) 748-2642 | 415 Wellington St. W. (204) 748-1379 | 633 - Ninth Ave. S. (204) 748-1295 | 286 Nelson St. W. (204) 748-2621 | 375 Frame St. E. (204) 748-2315 | 403 Nelson St. E. (204) 556-2635 | 57036 Road 171 W. In Village of Cromer (spring/summer) PR#153 north of Hwy #1 (spring/summer ) (204) 748-2682 | 508 Ninth Ave. S.

Virden Lions Club Royal Purple Knights of Columbus Virden Legion & Ladies Auxiliary

(204) 556-2634 - Lloyd Williams (204) 748-2874 - Lyn Fefchak (204) 748-2626 - Fred Faucher (204) 748-1668

WELCOME TO VIRDEN Tourist Information Centre - includes brochures on businesses and communities in our area, highway maps, Chamber business directory, computer with internet and town maps.


Your resource for local business information, Town of Virden history and information, Chamber information, external links and much more! 425 Sixth Avenue • Box 899, Virden, MB R0M 2C0 Email: virdencc@mymts.net • Phone (204) 851-1551 Chamber office located at the CP Station Open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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EV Charger FREE Charge! at the CP Station


VIRDEN POOL From mid June to the end of August, the Virden swimming pool and its 100foot curved waterslide provides entertainment for swimmers of all ages. In addition to the large slide, the pool is also equipped with a paddling pool and miniature lion slide for smaller children, a short slide for the mid section of the pool, and two diving boards for the deep end. Certified lifeguards and instructors of-

fer swimming lessons to all ages during the hot summer months, a water exercise program is offered, it is home to the Virden Golden Seals swim team and, of course, the pool is open to public swimmers most afternoons. The pool is conjoined with Tundra Oil & Gas Place and is a summer hot spot and wonderful place to enjoy the water, sunshine and fun.

ETERNAL SPRINGS In the very early 1970s, a small group of people decided there was a need for some stocked trout ponds for recreational use by all residents of the area. Through strong fundraising efforts and donations of land from farmers surrounding the ravine, the Eternal Springs project became a reality. The building of two earth dykes with metal level control structures and high-level overflow facilities created what is

known today as the upper and lower ponds. Many other facilities such as cook houses, storage buildings, and barbecue pits were also constructed. Though the project was temporarily abandoned in the 1980s, a group of individuals banded together in 1999 to revive the site and return it to its former glory. In their quest to revive the property, the group rebuilt the dykes and added

a swinging bridge connecting some of the hiking trails and enhancing the use of the picnic areas. Improvements are continuous and forthcoming. Future plans for the Eternal Springs projects include many more kilometres of hiking trails, increased picnic areas, and an enhanced day use area for less than perfect weather. Most of the work completed at this site is volunteer labour so progress

is sometimes slower than everyone would like. To reach Eternal Springs from Virden: Start from the lights at King Street and TransCanada Highway; continue north to PR #259; turn right onto PR #259 E (signs for Lenore); continue straight onto PR #463 E (signs for PR #254/ Griswold); continue straight for 3.3 kms then turn right and take the next sharp left (in approximately 0.5 kms).


VIRDEN POOL Swimming Lessons June, July and August with certified lifeguards and instructors

Boats • ATVs • Outboards • Ski-Doos Honda Power Equipment Bayliner • Sea Ray • Lund • Crestliner • Honda Mercury Marine • Ski-doo • Minn-Kota • Harris Pontoons Pontoons • Shoremaster Docks and Lifts

900 FIFTH AVENUE For more information on public swim times and admission rates, please contact the pool at (204) 748-2736 ext 3 or email virdenpool@hotmail.com.


210 Frontage Road, Virden, MB Phone (204) 748-2060 • Toll Free 1-888-877-7623 www.virdenrec.com

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VICTORIA PARK The area of lush grass and overshadowing trees that is Virden’s Victoria Park was established June 22 of 1897. In the years since its establishment, Victoria Park has served the Town of Virden in many ways. In the past it has been the site of skating and curling rinks, a tourist camp, and a paddling pool. Currently the park is home to tennis courts, a play area for children, an amphitheatre, public washrooms, and

ample space for the public to enjoy a picnic in the open air. The beautiful monument that stands in the centre of Victoria Park was erected as an act of remembrance following World War II. It commemorates the soldiers who died serving our Country from 1939 to 1945. The blue pump jack located along northern edge of the park represents an original oil well of Murphy Oil Co. Ltd. In production between 1955 and

1969, the well operated for a total of 4096 days and produced 70,175 barrels of oil. Since the erection of the Chevron Jubilee Stage amphitheatre in 2000, Victoria Park has been the site of weddings, concerts, plays, memorials, and many other public gatherings. The construction of the stage was sponsored by Chevron Canada Resources to mark their 50th anniversary in the community. The stage was also

meant to be a legacy of the Manitoba Summer Games, which were hosted by Virden in August of 2000. The beautiful gardens and expansive grounds must also be acknowledged, as they have been skillfully maintained throughout the years by the Horticultural Club, and now by the Town of Virden. Their hard work and dedication have made the park a beautiful space to spend a summer day.

VIRDEN IN BLOOM The Town of Virden has always been recognized for its beautiful flowers and picturesque and overshadowing trees. In the summer of 1920, after wandering about town for a few hours, J.W. Wilton of the Winnipeg Tribune gave the town the moniker “Virden the Beautiful.” He

noted the attractive homes, neatly kept lawns, colorful gardens, and shady trees. Virden has maintained its reputation as its citizens have taken a pro-active role, constantly beautifying and tidying the town. The hard work of many paid off in 2007 when Virden received five blooms with a special

mention for “Senior’s Contributions to Floral Display” through the Communities in Bloom program and again, more recently, when the 2010 Community Pride Certificate was awarded for The Millennium Garden Project. In September of 2012, Virden hosted the 14th Annual Manitoba Conference and Awards.

W& L Restaurant

Chinese & Canadian Food Tuesday to Friday Lunch Smorg 11:30 a - 2:00 p Friday to Sunday Supper Smorg 5:00 p - 8:00 p Daily Chinese combo special

239 Nelson St. W. • Virden, MB Phone (204) 748-3812

Open Tuesday to Sunday 11:00 a to 8:30 p Open holidays 4:30 p to 8:30 p

San Tai’s Natural Health Store where you can get all your natural health products! Vitamins and Minerals, A-Z * Herbals and detoxes Organics and gluten free * Juices and teas And much, much more! 462 Seventh Ave., Virden, MB | (204) 748-2393

Everything you need in a convenience store

FOOTWEAR FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY open until 7pm Thursday nights Like us on Facebook!

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* Cold Drinks * Groceries * Ice

* Slushes * Coffee Shop * Snacks

Government Rd. S., Virden • (204) 748-2660

Open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. • 7 Days a Week We’re right next door to the Virden Lions Campground



Karel and Iris Munchinsky, owners of Kimcairn Bed & Breakfast, enjoy hosting guests from all over Canada and around the world. Their gracious century-old fieldstone house is a mixture of Victorian charm and 21st century convenience, featuring 2½ baths and three beautifully furnished guest rooms. The screened-in veranda is a great place to relax in the warm weather, and a delicious full breakfast is served in the dining room all year long. The tennis courts, park, water slide, museum, and downtown area are only a stroll away while golf courses and the lake take just minutes by car. To reach by phone, call (204) 748-1231, or email imunchinsky@yahoo.ca.

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VIRDEN WELLVIEW GOLF COURSE Virden was introduced to golf in the 1880s by John Harrison of Musselburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland. The golf course was officially opened Saturday, May 7, 1892.

Today the course has grass greens, an automatic water system, bunkers, cart rentals, club rentals, a newly renovated licensed clubroom and food service with cable TV and golf accessories. Tournaments are

held each year for men, women, seniors, juniors and mixed teams. Golfers will enjoy the challenge of this great 9-hole course.

HELLMAN’S SKI TRAILS One of the most scenic sites for cross-country skiing in Western Manitoba is found three kilometres east of Virden. The idea to start making cross-country ski trails for the public began in the 1970s when the Hellman family in Virden -proprietors of Virden Footwear - rented a

hall and held instruction classes for beginners. The Hellman family quickly began to break longer trails through their property with the help of Terry McLean. The groomed trails were expanded every year and now span approximately five kilometres, winding through valleys and over hills.

Virden Wellview Golf Course

The network of trails run through the property and range in their level of difficulty, from beginner, to challenging ones for more advanced skiers. The access to both trails is found on the far side of the parking lot. The Hellman Ski Trails are free of charge.

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TEXAS HOLD’EM EVERY MONDAY NIGHT! 7:30 p.m. Excluding holidays. MGCC #495TH

DEMOLITION DERBY SUNDAY, AUGUST 16 • 1 P.M. Hwy #257, South of the Cement Plant

Bar opens at 1:00 pm daily | Coffee 9 am to noon, Monday to Saturday 540 Eighth Avenue • (204) 748-1668 • Closed Sunday

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WOLVERINE SUPPLIES Founded by John and Pat in 1989, Wolverine Supplies is widely regarded as a leader in the Canadian firearms industry. What started as a part-time hobby, with the support of the shooting community, has grown into a thriving business. Wolverine Supplies is located in the scenic Assiniboine Val-

ley just 10 miles northeast of Virden. Wolverine Supplies caters to all types of shooting requirements; from hunters, target shooters, and collectors, to police and military customers from all across Canada. Their business philosophy is to supply quality service and full support on everything that they sell, whilst

supplying affordable firearms and accessories. Wolverine’s annual Open House and Customer Appreciation event - Wolverine Days - will be held as a two-day event this year on June 27 & 28. Featuring sales and specials, free giveaways, free coffee and doughnuts, and our

newest addition - a Range Event where all are welcome to come out and try a variety of different firearms on the range! Company representatives will also be in attendance. Watch the local press for full details. We hope to see you there! Visit our e-commerce website at www. wolverinesupplies.com

FORT LA BOSSE CLASSICAL ARMS GUN CLUB The gun club is located in the beautiful Assiniboine Valley, just northeast of Virden, off of PR #259. The scenic location, along with excellent ranges and facilities, make your shooting experience all that it can be. We welcome all inquiries regarding membership. The gun club ranges include a 300yard Rifle Range and four 40-yard Pistol Ranges. The ranges are approved to accommodate centre fire rifles and pistols as well as muzzle-

loaders, shotguns, and all rim fires. Find more information on their Facebook p age, or at www.fortlabossegunclub.com. For bona fide members and guests, the gun club holds a handful of matches per year (dates are subject to change): • Rim Fire Sporting Match ....... July 19 • Tactical 3 Gun Match ............... TBD • Sporting Clays .......... September 27 • Fall Pin Match ................ October 18

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VIRDEN PIONEER HOME MUSEUM We invite you to visit our Museum and take a “wonderful trip back in time” while learning about our local cultures and history. Our large collection is housed in a unique brick veneer home which was built in 1888, complete with turrets and

several annexes that were added in the 1970s and 1980s. We showcase a family home that displays the amenities available to our ancestors in the Victorian Era. In our annexes you will find a large display section of military uniforms and arti-

facts, both past and present, plus antique tools and farming memorabilia including a Cutter and a Democrat Buggy, horse robes, foot warmers and buffalo coats to protect their owners from the harsh winter weather while travelling by horse and buggy. The museum is open daily from June to the end of August, Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

with guided tours provided by our students during the summer. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. For larger Group Tour requests please contact the Museum prior. Off-season tours (weather permitting) can be arranged by contacting Board Members at the Museum telephone number 204-748-1659.

Virden Pioneer Home Museum Open June, July and August Tuesday - Saturday | 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Group tours by appointment ADMISSION: Adults $5 ea. Children $2 ea. Preschool Free

390 King Street West (204) 748-1659



204.748.2894 337 King Street, Virden

Open 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Downtown Virden

Corner of Seventh Ave. and Wellington St. Dine-In / Take-Out • (204) 748-3200 Virden Area Tourist Guide • 2015


BORDER REGIONAL LIBRARY Border Regional Library welcomes you to Virden and area! While you are here, why not take some time to visit one of the library’s branches, located in Virden, Elkhorn and McAuley. Along with the shelves upon shelves of books that can be perused and loaned, the library also offers public access to computers as well as a secure wireless internet connection. A feature of the library is their access to eLibraries Manitoba, where library members are able to search and download electronic books for a

specified amount of time before the file expires and is automatically returned to the eLibrary. In addition to print titles and ebooks, the library also carries audio books, now in the form of Audio Playaway. All that is required to listen to these preloaded digital audio players is a pair of headphones. Visitors are welcome to browse through the collection of local history books, and staff and volunteers are readily available to answer any queries.

day, the stone chapel was dedicated in memory of the pioneers of Virden and another cairn was dedicated in loving memory of those pioneers who lie in unmarked graves.

The cemetery is located on SE 1/4, Section 16, Township 10, Range 26 WPM. For those wishing to locate the gravesite of a loved one, please contact Murray Wooldridge at 204-748-5032.

VIRDEN CEMETERY Since its establishment on a parcel of land south of town in the spring of 1883, the Virden Cemetery has been beautifully maintained and well cared for. In 1926, the “Cross of Sacrifice” was placed in the cemetery in memory of

those who fought and died in World War I. On July 4, 1982, the Royal Canadian Legion, Br. No. 8 (Virden), erected a cairn in memory of those who served in World War II from 1939 to 1945 as well as in the Korean War. Also on that

BORDER REGIONAL LIBRARY VIRDEN LIBRARY 312 Seventh Avenue • (204) 748-3862 Tuesday through Saturday - 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday - 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Free Wi-Fi! Public access internet site in all 3 branches


ELKHORN LIBRARY 110 Richhill Avenue • (204) 845-2292 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. MCAULEY LIBRARY Qu’Appelle Street • (204) 722-2221 Tuesday and Friday - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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On August 5, 1989, the very first Farmer’s market was held in Virden at the site of the old Creemee which was located across the TransCanada Highway. Twenty-six years later, although now in a different, but permanent location, the market is still going strong. The Virden Farmer’s Market offers local fresh produce, jams, baking, and much more. The market has added several new vendors over the past couple of years, to the point where they occasionally have more vendors than spaces; the Farmer’s

Market board hopes the trend will continue and new vendors are always welcome. In early years, the market had a strict policy that vendors must make it, bake it or grow it. This has been expanded over the last while to include some trades/businesses who resell products; however, the board wishes to maintain a majority of vendors who produce their own goods to stay true to the farmer’s market concept. Located on Sixth Avenue, just south of the CPR Heritage Centre, the Farmers Market is held every Friday, May until September, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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In April of 2012, a group of area investors, known as Virden Hockey Ventures, purchased and relocated the Winnipeg Saints of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League to Tundra Oil & Gas Place in Virden. The team name and logo were unveiled approximately three weeks later. The name, of course, coming from Virden’s rich oil heritage. In the fall of 2012, the Oil Capitals took to the ice in their inaugural sea-


son to a packed house; a trend which continued throughout the year; having the second-highest average attendance in the league. The Caps had an impressive second season, making it into the post-season. They defeated the Swan Valley Stampeders before bowing out in the second round to the Dauphin Kings. The Virden Oil Capitals are now, and will continue to be, a very important part of Virden’s culture.


The recreation complex opened in the summer of 2011 and offers a 500-seat banquet hall, year-round ice in the NHL sized skating arena which seats 1,200 and is now home to Virden’s MJHL team, the Oil Capitals. It also is home to a fitness centre and swimming pool changerooms. The complex is available for conferences, tradeshows, exhibitions, and social gatherings. It is also home to the Virden Indoor Rodeo.

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The organizing committee and the many volunteers would like to extend a warm welcome to the Virden Indoor Rodeo & Wild West Daze August 13 to 16, 2015. From humble beginnings, this showcase of the sport of rodeo has grown to become the community’s foremost event of the summer season. The Manitoba Rodeo Cowboys Association (MRCA) has voted it “Rodeo of the Year” multiple times over the past decade. Sanctioned by both the MRCA and the Canadian Cowboys Association, the Virden Indoor Rodeo

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attracts entrants from Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. It all gets underway on Thursday with a host of happenings downtown, including a kickoff barbecue in scenic Victoria Park, sidewalk sales, a children’s mini-carnival, a rodeo queen contest, mechanical bull, and the ever-popular human chuckwagon races. After a hearty pancake breakfast Saturday morning, the parade winds its way through the town. High school rodeo highlights the afternoon, as contestants from all over

the province compete in ten events to earn the coveted title of high point cowboy or cowgirl. It’s always a great time at the Daze Dance, featuring live entertainment, later in the evening. The Manitoba Pennwoods Draft Horse Futurity, as well as a 3D barrel racing jackpot, take place both Saturday and Sunday. Sunday afternoon, head to the track just minutes east of town and take in the demolition derby. Plan to be a part of it. Come and spend a day, or the whole weekend, with us.


EXPLORE THE TOWN OF VIRDEN Attractions: 1. Pioneer Home Museum 2. CPR Historic Centre 2. Farmer’s Market 3. Aud Theatre and Civic Centre 4. Terry McLean Art Gallery Recreation: 5. Border Regional Library 6. Swimming Pool, 6. Curling Rink 6. Tundra Oil & Gas Place 6. Ag Society Fairgrounds 7. Tennis Courts 8. Virden Wellview Golf Club Camping: 9. Virden Lions Campground



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Emergency Services: 10. Virden District Hospital 11. RCMP 12. Fire Hall 13. Carscadden Funeral Chapel 6 10

VIRDEN’S PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS • Victoria Park on Seventh Avenue between Lyons and Lacrosse Street. Includes tennis courts, playground, lawn bowling, and the cenotaph. • Centennial Park on Nelson Street. Picnic area along Scallion Creek. • Fish for All trout pond. Stocked with Rainbow trout. Located south of PR #257. • Lions Tourist Park. Full service campground. South end of town on PR #257. • Kinsmen Playground on Bennett Crescent. • Playground on Lyons Street beside curling rink. • Lions Playground on Routledge Street.

Be sure to visit the TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE located at the CPR Historic Centre on Sixth Ave.



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R.J. (Bob) Andrew Field is a regional airport (codes: YVD CYVD) serving Virden. Runway 08/26 is asphalt 4,000’ x 75’, with limited winter maintenance. Runway 17/35 is a grass summer-only strip. Comm - tfc 123.0 AV gas and Jet fuel are available. Contacts: John (204) 748-5567 or (204) 567-3646 or Mark (204) 748-1779 or (204) 748-1125.

VIRDEN’S FAMOUS CHILDREN ♦ Dr. William Ballard - Before moving to Vancouver where he created his very well known line of dog food, Dr. Ballard served as the resident veterinarian for the Virden area. ♦ Dorothy Ferguson - Born and raised in Virden, Dorothy Ferguson was one of the 57 Canadian girls who were recruited to play in the AllAmerican Girls Professional Baseball League during the war years. She was both an infielder and outfielder who played for the Rockford Peaches from 1945 to 1954. ♦ Carman Lapoint-Young - In September 2010, this Virden-born woman was appointed the Under Secretary for the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Service of the United Nations. ♦ Terry McLean - Born, raised, and still living in the area, artist Terry McLean is well known for his paintings depicting various wildlife, the North West Mounted Police, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. ♦ James Murray - The 1967 Los Angeles Kings defenceman was born in Virden. ♦ Dave Rockola - Known for inventing the famous Rockola Juke Box in the late 1930s, Rockola’s family moved away from Virden when he was 14. ♦ James Treliving - Long before he stepped into the public eye as an investor on CBC’s ‘Dragon’s Den’, Virden-born Treliving co-founded the Boston Pizza Restaurant chain. ♦ Lila Bell Wallace (nee Acheson) - Born in Virden, Wallace’s family relocated to the United States when she was a small child. She married DeWitt Wallace and together they co-founded Readers Digest in 1922. ♦ Warren Winkler - In 2007, Virden-born Warren Winkler was appointed Chief Justice of Ontario by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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LIONS CAMPGROUND Lions Campground serves Virden and area campers with: 40 full service pull-through sites (30 amp, water/ sewer); 15 partially serviced (15 amp, water); 10 tent camping sites; six showers in two bathroom sites; children’s playground. The campground is located on the south side of Government Road (PR #257), near Virden Collegiate (Corner

of Kent Street and Seventh Avenue). Many mature trees and grass/sand sites make for comfortable camping near Gopher Creek and the Fish Pond.

CANUPAWAKPA TRAIL The Canupawakpa Trail was developed by the West Souris River Conservation District as a self-guiding interpretive trail. Since it first opened, the trail has become an important tourism attraction for the region. Tourists, school classes, and locals have enjoyed this trail as it is both a scenic and educational walk. The trail is located

near Reston. From the town, go 1.2 kms east on Highway 2 and 2.4 kms north. Comments about the trail have been written by people from as far away as Milan, Italy and Paris, France, and are an indication of its success. Canupawakpa Trail might best be described as the “Jewel of the Pipe-


stone”. Here, the story of the riparian zone’s importance unfolds, as Pipestone Creek snakes its way through a river bottom forest, surrounded by a tranquil country setting. The name, Canupawakpa, is a Sioux word meaning Pipe River, earned from a peace pipe found here in 1876. An interesting aspect of the trail is

the variety of wild plants, including several edible kinds. For example; pin cherry, wild plum, Saskatoon, raspberry and chokecherry are all found here. For more information contact the West Souris River Conservation District at (204) 877-3020 or visit online at www.wsrcd.com

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The Auditorium Theatre is truly a Centennial landmark in Virden. It is part of the Civic Centre Complex located on Wellington Street West. “The Aud” as it is affectionately known, was built in 1911 by architect W. A. Elliott and contractor W. T. Manser. It opened February 29, 1912 and celebrated its 100th birthday in 2012.

This beautifully restored 500-seat theatre offers a seven-foot grand piano, sound system, and excellent acoustics. The Auditorium Theatre continues to inspire strong support for the performing arts within the area and beyond. The concert series features national and inter-

national performances including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Local service clubs, school plays and musicals, band concerts, choirs, and local theatre groups entertain on this stage yearly. The Virden Music and Arts Festival is held here over several weeks.


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Virden is a town that prides itself on trees, bushes, and flowers, a far cry from what it started out as - flat, empty prairie. Virden today is a hub of the cattle, agricultural, and oil industries. Virden Historical Tours give you a good background of the town and the story before the coming of the first Canadians. We go back as far as the

Great Inland Sea… and the sea monsters that went with it. Tours deal with the stern-wheelers on the Assiniboine River and famous Fort La Bosse. The tour usually takes a little more than two hours of walking. For a young frontier town, Virden has a wealth of stories to be told.

You will witness, if you’re lucky, a Great White Shark. The tour mainly deals with the west side of town, though we do visit “The Flats”.

The price is right and the adventure starts at the CP Station. A story in itself. Wear a crazy hat and receive a gift.


River Valley Historical Society maintains this rural school museum, campground, and picnic area. The museum is open for viewing by appointment only. The picnic area has a shelter and playground equipment. It is a beautiful spot to visit, set in the Assiniboine Valley.


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480 Seventh Avenue South | 204.748.2413

In 1990, the Virden Community Arts Council appealed to the town of Virden for space in the basement of the Civic Centre to store costumes. Since then, well over twenty thousand items have been donated to the volunteer-run organization. In 2004, when their basement storage facility became too small for their impressive inventory, the Costume Closet built a new home at 483 Sixth Avenue South. Though the new building is much larger, it is still teeming with hats, shoes, dresses, coats, Halloween

costumes, and a variety of other intriguing items. Utilized by many different functions, costumes at the Costume Closet have been loaned out for school performances, Arts Festival and theatre productions, as well as schools, churches, and drama clubs all over Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Patrons of the Costume Closet are welcome during business hours Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons, or by appointment.Quam niurniuro cus sus

Beverage Room, Café, Vendor, VLTs and outdoor patio! Cold Beer, Coolers and Ice Available in the Vendor 114 Nelson Street West, Virden • (204) 748-2677


Ƈ Factual information Ƈ Humour Ƈ Good exercise Ƈ Slow pace Ƈ See Virden’s Great White Shark Ƈ Hear about a misadventure RCMP vehicle chase Ƈ Learn about the fort Ƈ And much more!


To book call Kel Smith

204.748.3321 Get To Know Virden Up Close...Tour Close...Tour With Kel!

River Valley Historical Society (204) 748-2874 or (204) 748-3920

Ƈ Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for children, teens and seniors Ƈ Duration: 2 hours at least Ƈ Where: Meet at the CPR Historic Centre Ƈ Needed: Water, floppy hat, good shoes *no sandals Ƈ When: morning, afternoon, evening

Maintains a rural school museum, campground, and public picnic area. Located 5 miles north-east of Virden on Highway #259 in the lovely Assiniboine Valley. TThe grounds are available for picnics, bus tours, school outings, etc. The museum open by aappointment; no charge, but donations are gratefully accepted.

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CPR HISTORIC CENTRE Declared a historic site in 1994, the CPR Historic Centre located at 425 Sixth Avenue South was constructed as a replacement when the original station was destroyed by a fire in 1899. Though the station platform no longer serves as a waiting dock for passengers hoping to catch a train, the CPR Historic Centre remains one of Virden’s most recognized landmarks. Now in use by the Arts Mosaic, the oneof-a-kind station serves as a showroom for local artists and crafters. The main floor houses the Arts Mosaic offices, galleries, and the Prairie West Recreation office. In the summer of 2012 the Tourist Information Centre moved into the facility.

The second floor, which used to house the station agent’s family, is now home to Settlement Services, the Virden Community Chamber of Commerce, and a boardroom which is available to businesses and groups for meetings and seminars. Restoration efforts over the years have included the landscaping of the surrounding lot and the creation of beautiful gardens of lovely flowers and plants native to Manitoba, sponsored by Enbridge Pipelines Inc. As well, the front lawn serves as a unique picnicking site near to downtown businesses. This beautifully restored CPR Historic Centre is truly a blend of history and functional service to the community.

MILLENNIUM GARDEN The Millennium Garden on King Street is maintained by Communities in Bloom volunteers. There is also a small scale elevator which houses the pumping station used for

watering the garden. Virden in Bloom and the Town of Virden hosted the 14th Annual Manitoba Conference and Awards in September of 2012.

The lovely landscape also includes donated benches for visitors to sit and take in the view, as well as a monument to commemorate the Manitoba Games held in Virden in 2000.

37 Clean, Comfortable Rooms FREE Hot Breakfast • Air-conditioned • Cable TV • Telephones (direct dial) • In-room fridge • In-room coffee • Gas barbecues in the garden area • High Speed Wireless Internet

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WELCOME TO THE McAuley/RM of Ellice-Archie - McAuley is a small village located in southwest Manitoba approximately 85 miles north of the US border and four miles east of the Saskatchewan border. The small villages of McAuley and St. Lazare are the hubs of the RMs and home to 971 people. Majestic prairie scenery makes up the natural beauty of the area. Experience the nature, wildlife, farmland, people and places that make up the community. McAuley Country Grocery and Café - When McAuley’s only grocery store was about to close its doors, a group of residents came together and formed

a cooperative to ensure its future. The Country Grocery and Café moved into the old school building they now call home. Gas service is also available. Manson Memorial Garden- Southeast of McAuley in the Village of Manson, 7 miles north of #1 Highway on #41 Highway and ½ mile east on 77N on the west side of Manson Community Rink, is the location of the Manson Memorial Garden which overflows with beautiful blooms. The Manson Memorial Garden began in 2003 - the idea started after Ruthanne and Lloyd Jacobs and J.D and Margaret Davis visited Foxwarren’s Memorial Garden and wished for

Village of McAuley something similar to be made in Manson. McAuley Campground - The McAuley Campground is located on Highway #41 and has 15 and 20 amp service available. War Memorial - McAuley’s War Memo-

rial is located at the Municipal Office. It was erected to honour all of the area soldiers who lost their lives during WWl (1914-1918). Two additional plaques identify soldiers who served during the two World Wars. Over 100 people are listed.

MCAULEY’S IMPORTANT NUMBERS RM of Archie and Village Office McAuley Fun Club McAuley Memorial Rink Border Regional Library

(204) 722-2053 (204) 722-2313 (204) 722-2363 (204) 722-2221

| 202 Qu’Appelle Street | 214 Qu’Appelle Street | 404 McAuley Avenue | 207 Qu’Appelle Street

VIRDEN COMMUNITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE An organization that works yearround, the Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to integrating local busi-

nesses and organizing events to uphold and develop community spirit in Virden.

The chamber heartily promotes tourism throughout the area as well as organizes a long list of special events

and promotions which are meant to highlight the unique and diversified businesses Virden has to offer.

444 - Sixth Avenue South, Virden, MB (204) 748-2444 www.virdencentralhotel.com Email: admin@virdencentralhotel.com

15 newly renovated guest rooms • 60 seat dining room Steaks and Pizza • 200 seat beverage room and patio VLT lounge • Banquet and meeting facilities

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Owned by Mark and Jill Humphries, Westwood Ranch and Garden Centre is one of Westman’s newest attractions and a destination for the whole family. This spring and summer, visitors will see ducks, geese, and swans in a pond with a fountain. Sheena the parrot greets guests. A variety

of animals make up their zoo collection - from cheeky lemurs to miniature donkeys and miniature horses, llamas, wallaroos and zebra. The garden centre features seven greenhouses with the newest, with popular varieties of plants along with trees, shrubs and vegetables. There’s a gift shop and snacks for sale such as

“tournados” and home style baking. “One of the things we are very keen on is groups coming to our ranch and garden centre,” says Jill Humphries, referring to tours with school children, choirs, garden groups, and more. Westwood Ranch and Garden Centre has a Halloween feature planned for fall.

AWARD WINNING Come and see us!

Westwood Ranch Garden Centre



Open 10 am-8 pm Weekdays 10 am-5 pm Weekends Admission $6.50 Free for adults with a $25 purchase of plants

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WELCOME YOU! We hope you have a great stay and enjoy the friendship and beauty of our communities. We invite you to visit the many facilities in the area. If we can be of any assistance during your visit, please do not hesitate to call our office. The Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth is amalgamation of the R.M.s of Wallace, Woodworth & the Village of Elkhorn.

ELKHORN is situated approximately 105 kms west of the City of Brandon and 290 kms from Winnipeg, on the TransCanada Highway and also on the main line for the Canadian Pacific Railway. The community surrounding Elkhorn is well adapted to mixed farming, with a large volume of cattle and hogs being prouduced. The Manitoba Automobile Museum located in Elkhorn has also become a major tourist attraction in the province. Visitors come from miles away to take a trip back in time. Also included in Elkhorn is a curling rink, skating rink and nine hole golf course which act as a hub of activity in their perspective seasons. THE ELKHORN CAMPGROUND is situated beside the agricultural grounds near Junction of #256 and Highway #1. It has 10 Serviced Sites (3 drive thru): hydro, water and sewer, 10 Unserviced Sites and Full service washroom and shower facility. To reserve a site phone (204) 845-2161 Wholesome, friendly hospitality awaits you in KENTON, a town that takes great pride in its warmth and character. Just a little bit off the beaten path of the TransCanada Highway, Kenton is part of the Rolling River Route, designed to give travellers an opportunity to slow down and enjoy the scenery. Once in the neighbourhood, there is plenty to see and do. Located one mile south of Kenton of PTH No. 21 and a ½ mile west, the site of the KENWORTH DAM has been developed for camping, swimming and fishing, and makes an ideal location for the annual Canada Day celebrations. The dam was first constructed on the Brierwood Creek in 1969 by the P.F.R.A. Seven serviced and three unserviced sites for camping can be found near the large, sandy beach. Swim in the clear water of the lake or take a boat or canoe out to test your fishing skills. There is also a cookhouse, shower and washroom facility. Pickerel can be had here year round.

R.M. of Wallace-Woodworth Office, 154023 - PR #257, Virden, MB (Junction of Hwy #83 & PR #257) P: 204-748-1239 | F: 204-748-3450 | E: info@wallace-woodworth.com Virden Area Tourist Guide • 2015


Manitoba Antique Auto Museum Back then they built ‘em right Come out and see more than 120 antique automobiles, including a 1913 Case car, a 1930 Marmon car, early 1900 Ford Model Ts, a 1912 Cadillac, a 1924 Hudson, Overlands, Studebakers, Chevrolets, and a number of Hupmobiles, just to name a few. We also have an extensive array of native artifacts, pioneer tools and a “turn of the century” Pioneer home, complete with artifacts and a one room school house. Our collection of vintage agricultural equipment includes everything from handplows to a steam engine.

Come to

Elkhorn Manitoba Visit our local merchants Food store

Charter Bank

Post Office


Concrete Services

Bed & Breakfast



Car Wash

Used Cars


Septic Services


Interior Design

Development Corporation

Oilfield Services

Antiques, Gifts & Flowers Automotive Repair Gas Stations Hair and Nail Salons Massage Therapy Greenhouse Orchard

Truck & Trailer Excavating and Repair & Parts Earthmoving Services Hotel/Bar Plumbing

Don’t miss Canada Day on July 1! We are planning a full day of events with pancake breakfast, parade, threshing demonstration and much more.

Spend some time at our summer attractions Museum Elkhorn Campground 9 hole golf course Memorial Park Plenty of services available Snow Removal

Senior Centre

Medical Clinic

Curling Rink

K-12 School


Community Centre

Agricultural Grounds

Places of Worship Community Groups Fitness Groups

Day Care

No. 1 Highway, Elkhorn, MB Phone (204) 845-2604 Open daily: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ... May 1 to September 30 Adults: $7.50 Under 14: $2.00 Preschool: Free • Group Rates Available

Celebrate Canada Day July 1 at the Elkhorn Museum A small community with lots to see and do! On Highway #1 between Virden and the Saskatchewan border

Museum Website: mbautomuseum.com Elkhorn R.M. of Wallace-Woodworth Website: wallace-woodworth.com Ed James photo


Ed James photo

Ed James photo

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WELCOME TO THE Traveling east on the TransCanada Highway, Elkhorn, a thriving little community of 500 people, is the first town in Manitoba. Elkhorn originated in 1882 with expansion of the railway. Due to its vast supply of water, it was a major stop for steam engines. Unlike most communities these days, this little town is on the rebound, growing in all ways. It is the home of several organizations; volunteers being the heart of the community. As well, Elkhorn has a very active Chamber of Commerce. Both the Town Council and the Chamber work for the betterment of the community. Elkhorn is a peaceful little town. Its main street has been upgraded including grass boulevards, curbing, sidewalks, and drainage, and is a home to many essential businesses and more. In 2000, a memorial archway was erected at the entrance to the town’s park. The pillars support several plaques of names of people who once lived, or presently live, in the community. At the end of the main street stands the cenotaph. The Elkhorn District Chamber of Commerce hosts and annual “Big Rig/Little Rig Show and Shine” which includes music, competitions, and a combination of events for all ages. In July, the Agricultural Society will be holding its 120th Annual Country Fair, a full day for the whole family with riding competitions, heavy horses, sheep, craft displays and, of course, the goat milking contest.

Village of Elkhorn

Elkhorn’s Homecoming is celebrated every August long weekend. Elkhorn’s new full-service campground sits adjacent to the agricultural grounds, just a stone‘s throw off the TransCanada Highway. Elkhorn’s best kept secret is its automobile museum. It is home to over 120 antique vehicles, many classic cars, plus many exhibits of the past. In the fall, the skating and curling rinks, both with artificial ice, come alive. Elkhorn is an active hockey town. If you have never been to Elkhorn, don’t miss the opportunity. Our warm and friendly community welcomes everyone.

ELKHORN’S IMPORTANT NUMBERS Village of Elkhorn Antique Automobile Museum District Community Centre Leisure Centre Ag Society (contact Sharon Henry) Elkhorn Campground Chamber of Commerce (contact Mark Humphries)

(204) 845-2161 | 10 Grange St. (204) 845-2604 | Highway #1 (204) 845-2551 | 302 Foxford Ave. E. (204) 845-2422 | 10 Richill Ave.. E. (204) 845-2622

St. Mark’s Anglican Church Trinity United Church Elkhorn Gospel Fellowship Manson Church of Christ

6 - 1st St. (204) 845-2110 | 102 Foxford Ave. E. 209 Kildare St. Every 4th Sunday at Elkhorn Leisure Centre

Elkhorn Elks Elkhorn Legion

(204) 845-2605 | 14 - 1st St. (204) 845-2213 | 4 Richhill Ave. E.

(204) 845-2161 | Jct of PR #256 & Hwy #1 (204) 845-2002

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ELKHORN MOTOR HOTEL Modern Air-conditioned Rooms | 200-seat Bar and Grill VLTs | Beer Vendor | Licensed Dining | Coffee Shop



Wholesome, friendly hospitality, and fun events await visitors to the town of Kenton - part of the scenic Rolling River Route. The small town is on the edge of a ravine and slightly off the beaten path of the Trans Canada Highway. Travel about 17 miles (27 kms) north on Hwy #21 and a mile west on PR #259 and you’re there. The town has a school, a credit union,

Community of Kenton

post office, restaurant, hardware store, food and farm stores. A car dealership, garage, Autopac, insurance agency, and lumber yard also serve the area. Kenworth Dam - One mile south of Kenton on Hwy #21 and ½ mile west, the Kenworth Dam has been developed for camping, swimming, and fishing. The dam was first constructed on the Brierwood Creek in 1969.

Seven serviced and three unserviced sites for camping can be found near the large, sandy beach. There is also a cookhouse and washroom facility. Pickerel can be had here year round. Commune with nature along the groomed two-mile trail through the woods, or you can hike or bicycle into town. Woodworth Millennium Museum Open in the afternoons, Friday - Sunday in July and August, the museum fea-

tures an extensive display of 4-H memorabilia, a fully equipped pioneer kitchen, an agricultural room, adult and child’s bedrooms, and a historic R.M. office. Celebrate Canada Day in Kenton with a pancake breakfast at the United Church. The Lions Car Rally takes place with registration at the Kenton Memorial Hall. The Woodworth Millennium Museum will be open and the Harding Agricultural Society will serve a pit barbecue.


“ Your Westman Chrysler Dealer ” Serving Westman and area for 30 years! www.woodworthdodge.com No job is too big or too small! Low hourly Labor Rates! KENTON (204) 838-2240

SHOAL LAKE (204) 759-2385


Lumber & Insurance Ltd.

304 Woodworth Avenue Box 178, Kenton, MB R0M 0Z0 0 Phone (204) 838-2265 Fax (204) 838-2260 Residence (204) 838-2408


For products and service you can count on for over 60 years!

Woodworth Millennium Museum (204) 838-2028 RM of Wallce-Woodworth (204) 838-2317 | 220 Cornwall St. Kenworth Dam Campground (204) 838-2317 1 mile south of Kenton on PTH #21 and ½ mile west Kenton Memorial Hall (204) 838-2033 | 219 Cornwall St. Kenton Arena (204) 838-2052 | 316 Grey St. Kenton United Church

Corner of Cornwall and Harvey

Kenton Legion

(204) 838-2307 | 205 Woodworth Ave.

KENTON CO-OP You’re at home here. Farm Supply • Grocery Store • Gas Pumps 415 Woodworth Avenue (204) 838-2358 Oak River Food Store, 29 North Railway St. (204) 566-2412

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WELCOME TO THE Oak Lake, on Highway #1 near the Assiniboine Valley, is rich with history. The original settlement was incorporated as a town on July 15, 1907 and the statue of Isaac the Ox at the town’s entrance commemorates the days of the ox-cart, an important part of the past. The town is home to many historic buildings and architectural points of interest such as the Pleasant Plains School built in 1894, the old stone blacksmith shop built in 1897, and

Community of Oak Lake

the post office built in 1930. The 1890 Anglican Church is a designated heritage site. Oak Lake has many amenities to offer travelers and tourists; a creamy, restaurant, food store, gas station/convenience store, specialty food store, credit union, post office, churches, a school, and a floral garden park picnic spot serve the area. A museum in the east end of town opens to visitors in July and August,

Saturdays and Sundays, or by appointment. A campground is conveniently located at the west entrance to town, near the fair grounds, with new washrooms and hot showers, a

cook shack, 10 well-treed electrical sites and tent camping. A rolling nine-hole golf course with grass greens also has a clubhouse which offers light lunches and snacks.

OAK LAKE’S IMPORTANT NUMBERS RM of Sifton & Town Office (204) 855-2423 | 293 - 2nd Avenue. W. St. Alban’s Heritage Site Museum (204) 855-2406 (Claire Couling) Community Centre (204) 855-2554 | 438 North Railway St. W. Community Hall (204) 855-2459 | 474 North Railway St. W. Oak Lake District Arena (204) 855-2427 | 440 North Railway St. W. Oak Lake Ag Society (204) 855-3128 (Leigh Smith) Oak Lake Golf Club (204) 855-2641 | 173 South Railway St. E. Lions Club & Campground (204) 855-3205 (Omer Champigny)

Aspen Grove Campground Four Seasons Island Resort Oak Island Golf

(204) 855-2260 | 9 kms west of Oak Lake (204) 855-2307 | Toll Free 1-888-855-2307 (204) 855-2262 | PR #254 S. (from Hwy #1)

St. John’s United Church (204) 855-2055 | 47 - 2nd Ave. W. Oak Lake Mennonite Church (204) 855-2378 | 200 Ox Cart Trail E. Oak Lake Legion Branch #79 (204) 855-2071 | 291 Assiniboine St. W.

Welcome to “Jewel of the Prairies” Town of Oak Lake, R.M. of Sifton and Woodworth. Come and enjoy our friendly people and fresh air!

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Ambulance & Fire Services Auto Services Garden Club Churches Community Hall Convenience Store Credit Union

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Greenfire Computers Grocery Shopping Gas and Diesel Hockey Arena Insurance Services MLCC Post Office

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Public Education Restaurants Seniors Residence Tax Services Service Clubs

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Local Summer Fair Museum High School Rodeo Reasonable Ice Rentals Natural Springs Overnight Camping 9-hole Golf Course

• Rodeos and Barrel Racing • Sand Hills with Walking Trails • Santa Brunch • Snowmobile Trails • Curling Club • Fishing Derby

Living well together

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Bird Watching Bison and Elk Farmer’s Market Floral Gardens Horse Riding Clinics Hunting Legion Hall

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Fishing and Boating Marina Beach 18-hole Golf Course Country Club

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Seasonal Camping Overnight Camping Rental Cabins Miniature Golf

Check us out at www.oaklakeandarea.com Oak Lake Regional Community Development Board Box 263 • Oak Lake, MB • R0M 1P0 25

MEANDHER CREEK FARM Well, you asked for it, and this year we’re doing it. Yes, on the farm! Since 2007, people have been visiting us for the fun of the hayride, pig races, bale pyramid, patch train, corn trail, spook barn, and, don’t forget the zip line and pumpkin slingshot, to name a few. The demand for our gingerbread cookies and pumpkin pie at the concession stand continues to grow.

Who would have guessed that tons and tons of various coloured pumpkins and squash would grow our visitor numbers to 12,000 last year? Facebook pages are full of smiling pictures and stories of the great time families have enjoyed during their visit. This year, an addition to our normal events of the Pumpkin Patch, Meandher Creek Farm is opening its doors

proudly presents it's 9th Annual

to other family and corporate events. In 2013 we hosted our first wedding at the Farm. Just imagine, finding a place where the whole family can enjoy the wedding (especially the kids!). Photo ops are spectacular, just ask the photo professionals. Wide open spaces allow for dancing, not only in the Event Centre, but anywhere your feet take you! The magic of the day, in the relaxed environment of the farm, are another “match made in heaven”. Our family reunion calendar is promising great memories, along with the photos and stories that are sure to be

remembered during the yearly celebrations that follow. What a great way to kickstart your reunion planning! Our corporate event offerings are custom-tailored to your group, or can be incorporated into a fall day at our Pumpkin Patch. Either way, past company experiences have staff and organizations coming back, again and again. For more information visit www. pumpkinfun.ca, or call us at 204-8552673. Hope to see you at Meandher Creek Farm!

Fall Harvest Festival Visit our country store! www.pumpkinfun.ca

Weekends September 12 - October 31 (including long weekend Monday) 12 noon - 6 p.m. Oak Lake, MB

Bale Pyramid • Concession • Corn Trail • Duck Races • Hayride • Photo Ops Pig Races • Pumpkin Slingshot • Spookbarn • Train Ride • Zip Line

ASPEN GROVE CAMPGROUND 1.204.855.2260 Located on the TransCanada Hwy, 14 kms east of Virden, 9 kms west of Oak Lake, our park has large shady sites, fire pits and picnic tables. Enjoy the heated pool, a new children’s playground, mini golf, horse shoes, giant checkerboard, bicycle rentals and hiking trails, and for your convenience, a laundromat, convenience store and high speed wireless internet. GPS: 49°46’46”N / 100°45’31”W aspengrovecampground@gmail.com

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Aspen Grove Campground is a lovely little spot to pull in for the night or spend a few days. Ideally situated on the TransCanada Highway between Virden and Oak Lake, the 108-site campground offers several amenities to ensure summer fun for the family. Campers will enjoy a heated swimming pool, mini golf, a sand volleyball court, hiking trails, horseshoe pits, a playground, concession and grocery stores, new shower facilities, a Laundromat, and public Wi-Fi internet, among many other amenities. The large, private lots are separated by beautiful trees and are offered at seasonal, monthly, weekly, and daily rates to accommodate every type of camper. For those wanting to explore the area, Oak Lake beach is a 10 minute drive. For the avid golfer, Aspen Grove is within 15 minutes of three beautiful and challenging golf courses. As well, the towns of Virden and Oak Lake are minutes away, offering multiple sites of interest.

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OAK ISLAND RESORT Oak Island Resort is located 30 kms east of the town of Virden. It is situated on one of the largest lakes in the area, Oak Lake, with approximately 15 square miles of water, teaming with pickerel, perch, and northern pike. The resort is a renowned birdwatching paradise, and home to beautiful oak trees over 200 years old. The 270-site campground is equipped with 30 amp service, and over 180 sewer hookup sites. It has a grocery store and take-out Creemee Restaurant, cabin rent-

als with hot tubs, 18-hole mini-golf, planned activities, scheduled entertainment, laundromat, sandy beach, and rental boats and marina with boat-up gas dock. The resort, located next to the provincial park, has volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, a children’s playground, and picnic areas. This lake is known far and wide for the most spectacular sunsets anywhere. Let us be your summer destination for family fun. The resort features a Les Furber designed 18-hole championship golf course. In addition to the golf course, a restaurant, lounge, and pro shop open for the season on May long weekend. In the fall months, enjoy fantastic duck hunting, and in the winter months, you can ice fish, snowmobile, skate or cross country ski. The lake is home to numerous water activities, such as water skiing, fishing, boating, and swimming.

Only 15 minutes from Virden. Hwy #254 South off the TransCanada Hwy Ƈ 400 serviced camp sites Ƈ 2 heated pools Ƈ Rental accommodations Ƈ Real Estate property


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Ƈ Director of Golf: PGA Tour Winner Dan Halldorson Ƈ 18 holes Ƈ Pro shop Ƈ Driving Range Ƈ Lessons Ƈ Tournaments Ƈ Corporate outings

1-888-855-2262 Ext 2 www.oakislandgolf.ca


WELCOME TO THE Welcome to the Prairie View Municipality (consisting of Miniota, Birtle, Foxwarren, Beulah, Crandall, Isabella, Solsgirth and Arrow River) - where you will find community pride is #1! MINIOTA is a small, quiet community along Highway #83, with the Assiniboine Valley and River being our front door. Along with year round recreation, cultural and community events, Miniota is well known for its great-tasting water. Visit and enjoy some of our events, and discover our history that is dated long before the coming of immigrant settlers. Shirt Sleeve Classic - Have you ever curled in July? Miniota has their famous Shirt Sleeve Classic curling bonspiel every third weekend of July. Also included in this weekend are golf and ball tournaments, an abundance of food, kids’ activities, dancing, and more. For more information contact Susan Poppel at (204) 567-3633. Celebrity Golf Tournament - Another exciting event held in Miniota is the Celebrity Golf Tournament. This event is held every year on the second Saturday in June. Golfing starts on the Saturday, with supper and auction sale that night. Proceeds from this event are split between the Miniota Community Centre, Miniota Golf Course, and Westman Dreams for Kids. For more information please contact Susan Poppel at (204) 567-3633. Silver Bend Trail - Enjoy a scenic hike through the historical part of the Assiniboine Valley. Follow an old pioneer trail along the valley’s edge. You will find old gravesites, an old homestead, and a scenic view of the valley. See where the

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first steamboats landed to drop supplies to people living in Miniota and Beulah. Wakpa Tanka Lookout - This is a world-class single component site and the only one of its kind in all of Canada. The lookout site will provide a glimpse into aboriginal heritage and culture from 700-1,100 years ago. Isabella Museum - In the village of Isabella, visitors can tour the museum. Please call Bernice Still at (204) 568-4573 or (204) 568-4624 for a booking. Miniota Museum - Open July to August. Call (204) 567-3690 for more information. Theme Tours - Groups as well as individuals are welcome. The theme tours are as follows: Nature Tour - Snake Pit, Riparian Forest, Gravel Pit, and NISO Valley. History Tour - Isabella and Miniota Museums, UNO Bridge, and Silver Bend Trail. Aboriginal Tour - Miniota Museum, Tipi Rings and Wakpa Tanka lookout. Contact for Tours: Kimberly Bohrn, Economic Development Officer, Box 13, Miniota, Manitoba R0M 1M0, Phone: (204) 567-3757, Fax: (204) 567-3807, email: miniotacdc@rmofminiota.com Hooper’s Lake and Campground - Hooper’s Lake is a beautiful place to relax on the beach or enjoy boating with family and friends. Give the well-kept ball diamonds a try. There is camping with water and electrical at a cost of $15 per night. BIRTLE is situated in the beautiful Birdtail River Valley along Highway #83; a beautiful and progressive community. The natural setting provides a perfect backdrop for outdoor recreation. It is not unusual to see a horse drawn wagon or

sleigh anytime of year for any special event. Birtle Riverside Park and Campground has something for everyone. Find it over the river at the west end of Birtle. In the park there’s a scenic but challenging 9-hole Golf Course built along the winding Birdtail River. Enjoy the view from the licensed clubhouse restaurant which serves everything from snacks to hot meals, and has indoor, outdoor, and screenedin dining areas. Some would rather spend summer days with their family at the exciting new playground located right next to the sloping sandy beach where they can cool off in the chlorinated, sand bottom swimming area supervised by lifeguards. Also in the park, you can play tennis on quality plexi-pave courts, hike the trails, or kayak the river. With mature trees, picnic areas, playgrounds and open spaces, 32 serviced campsites, barbecue pits, washrooms, showers, free firewood, rental cabins, and tent sites - the campground can accommodate all of your needs. Visit www.birtle.ca or call 1-800-417-1022 for reservations Birdtail Valley Pasture Pickin’ Jamboree - Each spring during the May long weekend, an event takes place in Birtle that kicks-off the season to help celebrate Manitoba’s country, Bluegrass and Old Time music heritage that we call the “Birdtail Valley Pasture Pickin’” Jamboree. This is the weekend that “Pasture Pickers” call this place “Our town.” There is nothing else taking place on this weekend that takes on any more importance than the fellowship and good music that is in the air everywhere in town Birtle’s Self-Guided Heritage Walking Tour - A brochure will guide you through a walk in the past, at any time of year. Enjoy the stories told in the brochure or on interpretive plaques at many of the heritage sites. Birdtail Country Museum - Located on Birtle’s Main Street, this museum houses over 911 5,000 artefacts, including a variety of house(204) 567-3683 | 111 Sarah Avenue hold, military, archaeological, and aboriginal (204) 842-3234 or (204) 842-3403 | 678 Main Street items. The main building, a former Union (204) 567-3553 | Highway #83 Bank, is arranged as a bank manager’s resi(204) 567-3625 | 153 North Railway Ave. dence from the early 1900s; there is a new (204) 567-3728 | 568 Miniota RD feature display each year. Open July and (204) 567-3596 | 568 Miniota RD (204) 567-3699 | 111 Sarah Avenue August, Monday to Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 (204) 567-3554 | 111 Sarah Avenue p.m. Phone (204) 842-3363. For off-season - by appointment, phone (204) 842-5342.

PRAIRIE VIEW MUNICIPALITY IMPORTANT NUMBERS EMERGENCY Prairie View Rural Municipality - Miniota Office Prairie View Rural Municipality - Birtle Office Miniota Golf Course and Campground Municipal Service to Seniors and Drop In Miniota Community Center skating rink Miniota Community Center Hall Mid-West Planning Distric Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District

Miniota Golf Club and campground Watered Fairways • Grass Greens • Club and Cart Rentals 23 Serviced Campsites • Open May - October

Celebrity Tournament ....................... June 13 Summer Classic Tournament .... July 17 - 19

Come out and enjoy a round with friends

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August 13 -16 M.R.C.A. Award Winning Rodeo

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Town Wide Events and Sales Thursday to Saturday Virden Indoor Rodeo Tundra Oil & Gas Place Friday/Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 5:30 p.m. Draft Horse Futurity Saturday and Sunday Pancake Breakfast Saturday, 8 - 10 a.m. Parade Saturday • 10 a.m. Starting from Virden Collegiate Daze Dance Saturday • 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Virden Curling Rink Manitoba High School Rodeo Saturday, 9 a.m. • Tundra Oil & Gas Place Demolition Derby Sunday, 1 p.m. • Derby Track on P.T.H. #257. For entry forms or for information, contact virden.legion.derby@gmail.com or phone the Legion (204) 748-1668. Rodeo Queen Contest Thursday to Sunday 3D Barrel Racing Saturday and Sunday virdenindoorrodeo.ca

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• Daily, weekly, monthly Virden and seasonal rates Lions Campground • Interac and major credit cards accepted • Wi-Fi available Check out our website: virdenlionscampground.com

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2015 Virden & Area Tourist Guide  

2015 Virden & Area Tourist Guide

2015 Virden & Area Tourist Guide  

2015 Virden & Area Tourist Guide