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Tell us about Manitoba's other centres.


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Angusville(ís)

  • Pizzey's Milling is the North America's largest supplier of flax for human and animal consumption.
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    Altona(ís)

  • D.W. Friesen and Sons is the largest independent book publisher in Canada.
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  • claims to be the Sunflower Capital of Canada .
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  • claims to possess the world's Largest Painting on an Easel , a reproduction of Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'.
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  • Pandora's Books has had write-ups in the 'New York Times' & 'The Economist'.
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  • Twenty African refugees have landed in Altona [2005] in a pilot project to place newcomers in a rural community, away from gangs and drugs in the inner city. It's the first time it's been tried in Canada, organizers say.
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  • Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. was included in the list of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies Award for exceptional business practices in 2005.
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    Arborg(ís)

  • Bifrost Bio-Blends is producing biodiesel fuel from off-grade oil seed crops. One of its first customers is Manitoba Hydro.
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  • is the location of the world's biggest curling rock.
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    Arden(ís)

  • claims to the World Crocus Capital [Manitobaís Provincial Flower].
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  • claims to possess the world's largest artificial crocus.
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    Austin(ís):

  • is home to Canada's only amateur radio museum.
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  • has Canadaís largest collection of operating vintage farm machinery starting from the late 1800's.
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    Beausejour(ís)

  • Beausejour is home to the Canadian Power Toboggan Championships . This event is the largest & best-attended power-tobaggan race in North America.
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    Binscarth(ís)

  • was a 'Communities in Bloom' past National Award winner [year?]
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    Birtle(ís)

  • was a 'Communities in Bloom' past National Award winner [year?]
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    Blumenort(ís)

  • is the site of Grannyís Poultry Cooperative (Manitoba) Ltd. processing plant.
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    Boissevain(ís)

  • is the Purple Martin Capital of Manitoba.
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  • Glover Equine Products Ltd. manufacturers horse blankets and other equipment that are marketed all over North America.
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  • was a 'Communities in Bloom' past National Award winner [year?]
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  • is the site of Goodon Industries :

    (1) is Canada's largest post frame construction company.
    (2) was awarded the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Award as Manitobaís Outstanding Small Business for 2004.
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    Brandon(ís)

  • is the location of the only museum in the world dedicated to the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan .
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  • is the site of Canada's largest pork-processing facility
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  • XII Manitoba Dragoons has its memorabilia in the Brandon Armoury. The unit was first 'raised' in 1885 for action in the North West Rebellion.
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  • Simplot Canadaís plant is one of the nationís major fertilizer manufacturers.
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  • Brandon University is home to the Eckhardt-Gramattť National Music Competition (commonly referred to as the E-Grť ).
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  • Fleece Line makes moccasins & mukluks that are becoming popular with Hollywood actresses.
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  • Lindenberg Seeds Limited have been garden seed specialists since 1935.
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  • Brandon Research Centre:

         (1) was the site of one of the five original experimental farms established in Canada under the Experimental Farm Stations Act of 1886.
         (2) developed the first milling barley (Millhouse) in Canada [200?]

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  • Rice Financial began in Brandon.
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  • Royal Manitoba Winter Fair is western Canada's largest indoor agricultural event.
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  • in 2000 & 2005, received the prestigious ďNational 5 Blooms AwardĒ from 'Communities in Bloom'.
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  • The new Medical Transportation Co-ordination Centre (MTCC) will become the dedicated centre for the dispatch of all rural and northern emergency medical services including northern medivacs.
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    Carberry(ís)

  • Seton Centre is devoted to Ernest Thompson Seton.
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  • calls itself the Potato Capital of Manitoba .
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    Carman(ís)

  • Charlie Red Star was the title given to a UFO that was sighted near this town during an 18 month period in 1975 and 1976.
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    Chatfield(ís)

  • is the site of the Hankie House that contains a collection of over 3000 hankies.
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    Coulter(ís)

  • is near Coulter Park , which is Western Canada's oldest continually-operating park.
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  • is near the Sourisford Burials Mounds . It has Canada's largest concentration of Indian
    burials mounds.
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    Churchill(ís)

  • claims to be the :
           (1) Polar Bear Capital of the World
           (2) Beluga Whale Capital of the World
           (3) a team of Canadian paleontologists working along Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba has discovered the world's largest recorded complete fossil of a trilobite that lived 445 million years ago.
           (4) is home to the Northern Studies Centre providing sub-arctic research and education.
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    Dauphin(ís) :

    (1) calls itself the City of Sunshine.
    (2) is the second sunniest community in Canada according to the March/April issue of the 'Canadian Geographic' magazine.
    (3) National Ukrainian Festival is the largest celebration of Ukrainian culture in North America.
    (4) 2008 Communities in Bloom National Award winner for cities with a population between 8000 to 10000
    (5) is referred to as the 'hemp capital of Canada'.
    (6) nearby is the Wasyl Negrych homestead, the only Ukrainian pioneer homestead still in existence in North America -- for information, click here .
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    Delta Marsh(ís) -- (north of Portage la Prairie on Lake Manitoba)

    (1) is one of the largest freshwater marshes in the world.
    (2) peak staging populations have exceeded two million ducks and geese.
    (3) is on the Ramsar List . [The Ramsar Convention (1971) was the first intergovernmental treaty between nations for the conservation of natural resources]
    (4) for information about the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, click here .
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    Douglas(ís):

    (1) claims to be the Home of the Yellow Rail.
    (2) is the site of the Western Reptile Gardens, whose animals have been in 15 movies [2008]
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    Dominion City(ís)

  • is the site of a replica of a 15 1/2 foot, 406 pound sturgeon fish that was caught in the nearby Roseau River in 1903.
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    Elie(ís)

  • Prairie Orchard Farms of Winnipeg & 3 hog farms in the Elie area has been working to perfect a diet for hogs that produces Omega-3 fatty acid enhanced meat.
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    Elma(ís)

  • was the site of a house with tunnels that were used to hide young men trying to avoid military service during the WW II.
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    Emerson(ís)

  • is the busiest port of entry between Sarnia & Vancouver.
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  • is sometimes referred to as 'Manitoba's First City'. It was the first city that travellers encountered when entering Manitoba from the U.S.A.
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  • was the site of the last armed invasion into Canadian territory [the Fenian Raids of 1871]
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  • Fort Dufferin (north of Emerson) was:
    (1) first constructed as the headquarters for the International Boundary Commission in 1872.
    (2) used by the NWMP in 1873 for an assembly point prior to the march west.
    (3) used as an immigration staging area for large number of Mennonite settlers.
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    Flin Flon(ís):

    (1) is named after a fictional character named 'Josiah Flintabbety Flonatin'.
    (2) the town's statue of this character was a creation of Al Capp [?] of 'L'il Abner' fame.
    (3) calls itself the Copper Capital of Manitoba .
    (4) 'Flinty's Boardwalk' was the 2002 Attractions Canada winner for the 'best outdoor venue in Manitoba'.
    (5) is home to Arctic Beverages Ltd., the only aboriginal-owned and operated Pepsi-Cola bottler in the world.
    (6) is the only city in the world to locate their sewage lines above ground.
    (7) is the site of the first state-of-the-art underground growth chamber in a copper and zinc mine. Plants are grown in an unused portion of the mine 360 metres below the earthís surface. -- During the 13 years the underground operation has been in existence, research has been conducted on over 500 plant species including various softwood and hardwood species, culinary herbs, nutraceuticals, marijuana for medicinal purposes, ornamentals and agricultural crops.
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    Garson(ís)

  • Garson calls itself the Limestone Capitol of North America .
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    Gilbert Plains(ís)

  • Near Gilbert Plains is the Wasyl Negrych Pioneer Homestead.
    (1) It has been described as one of the most impressive folk sites in North America.
    (2) The bunkhouse is the only known structure in North America to feature a long-shingle wooden roof.
    (3) The bunkhouse contains a rare example of a traditional Ukrainian clay bake-oven.

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    Gimli(ís)

  • has the largest population of people of Icelandic descent outside of Iceland.
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  • is host to Islendingadagurinn , its annual Icelandic festival, North America's second oldest cultural festival.
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  • is the only North American finalist for the title of 'best small town in the world' (2004).
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  • Diageo Canada plant is the only producer of Crown Royal whisky in Canada.
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  • Tergesen General Store is the oldest family-owned store (since 1899) in Western Canada.
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  • is the base for the international head office of The Icelandic National League of North America. Its founding convention was held on March 25, 1919 in Winnipeg.
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    Giroux(ís)

  • is site of Philip's Magical Paradise, western Canada's only museum of magic and illusion.
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    Grand Beach(ís)

  • was the site of the 2006 Canadian Surf Lifesaving Championships.
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    Grand Rapids(ís)

  • is the only place in North America where moose, elk, whitetail deer, woodlamd caribou, and wood bison share habitat. Also, there is a herd of reintroduced bison.
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    Grandview(ís)

  • is the home of the Manitoba Pedal Power Championship .
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    Gretna(ís)

  • is home to western Canada's oldest private co-ed school, the Mennonite Collegiate Institute.
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  • calls itself 'Canada's National Hot Spot' as it claims to have, on average, the warmest temperature in Canada.
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  • is situated at "Smuggler's Point", a place where the natural tree cover of the Pembina River crossed the border north into Canada, affording cover to persons wishing to cross the border with undeclared goods. [years unknown]
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    Hamiota(ís)

  • is called the Baseball Capital of Manitoba .
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  • won a 'Communities in Bloom' National Award for 2005. Also, it won in ????.
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    Hanover (R.M. of) (ís)

  • boasts the largest percentage, at nearly 70 per cent, of married adults in Canada [2011]
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    Hartney(ís)

  • Frederick William Palin, the grandfather of ex-Alaskan governor Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, was born in Hartney in 1905, a fact confirmed by local historian Brad Coe.
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    Hazelridge(ís)

  • proclaims itself as the Perogy Capital of Canada .
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    Headingley(ís)

  • railway bridge across the Assiniboine River is a swivel bridge that allowed steamboats to pass in the late 1800's.
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    High Bluff(ís)

  • Hourie Farm is the oldest (1859) 'century farm' in Manitoba. It has been continuosly occupied by the descendants of the original family.
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  • High Bluff Store , built in the late 1800's, is still in operation (2002).
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  • was home to three of Manitoba's premiers , Messiers Norquay, Campbell and Weir.
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    Holmfield(ís)

  • boasts of being the home of the oldest flour mill in Western Canada, the Harrison Milling and Grain Company.
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  • originating since 1878, the milling company was the oldest independent milling company in the country. It ceased operation in 200?.
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    Homewood(ís)

  • was the site of the flight of the world's second helicoptor in 1937-38.
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    Inglis(ís)

  • is the Barley Capital of Manitoba .
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    Komarno(ís)

  • claims to be the Mosquito Capital of Manitoba
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    La Broquerie(ís)

  • Hytek Ltd. :
    (1) is the second-largest pork producer in Canada and the largest independently owned pork producer in Canada [2006].
    (2) was named to the list of 'Canada's 50 Best-Managed Companies' for 2004.
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    Langruth(ís)

  • is the Bird Watching Capital of Manitoba .
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    LaRiviŤre(ís)

  • claims to be the Wild Turkey Capital of Manitoba .
  • see 'Viewers' Comments', below.
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    LaSalle(ís)

  • Kingswood Golf Course is the site of Keith Tkaczuk Miracle Golf Classic .
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    Leaf Rapids(ís)

  • was the first Canadian jurisdiction to introduce a total ban on plastic bags.
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    Lockport(ís)

  • Lockport's Dam & Locks are the only locks in Canada west of the Great Lakes.
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  • is the site where First Nations people farmed corn in the 1400's. It is the location of the oldest known farming activity in Western Canada. Also, it is the site of the most northernly pre-European horticultural activity in North America.
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  • South of Lockport on the River Road, there exists a 100+year-old barn that the descendant of the builder owner (Mr. Overwater) claims to be the tallest barn in canada.
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    Long Plain First Nation(ís)

  • won the award as 2005 Economic Developer of the Year among Canadian First Nations.
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  • was named as 2005 Manitoba First Nations Business of the Year.
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    Lundar(ís)

  • Lundar School won a national title in the MOGA Madness National School Challenge contest, organized by the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
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    Lynn Lake(ís)

  • claims to be the Sport Fishing Capital of Manitoba .
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    Manitou(ís)

  • was a 'Communities in Bloom' past National Award winner
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    McCreary(ís)

  • is the site of the Canadian College of Taxidermy .
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  • iclaims to be the Maple Syrup Capital of Manitoba .
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    Middlebro(ís)

  • artesian well is the source of water for 'Simply Natural Spring Water Comapny'. This water won the 'Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition' for 2001 in the 'The Non-Carbonated Bottled Water' category. It is the largest water-tasting competition in the world.
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    Minnedosa(ís)

  • is the site of the head offices of Mediplan Health Consulting Inc. and RxNorth.com . -- RxNorth.com is the first Canadian-based direct mail pharmacy.
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    Morden(ís)

  • Maritime Museum has the largest collection of ancient marine creatures [mosasaur & plesiosaur bones] in Canada.
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  • is home to Manitobaís Amateur Baseball Hall of Fameí.
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  • is the site of one of Manitoba's Cereal Research Centres .
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    Morris(ís)

  • Morris Stampede is the second-largest rodeo in Canada.
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    Neepawa(ís)

  • calls itself the World Lily Capital .
  • is the first municipality in North America to own its own telephone system.
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    New Bothwell(ís)

  • Bothwell Cheese Inc. was awarded first place in the marble cheese category at the British Empire Cheese Show for five years consecutively (?-2010)
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    Niverville(ís)

  • was the site of the first grain elevator in Western Canada.
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    Norway House(ís)

  • has the largest aboriginal school in Canada.
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    Oakbank(ís)

  • is the original home & the future home of IDERS Inc. , one of the pioneers of the debit card network.
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    Oak Hammock Marsh(ís) - (between Stonewall & Selkirk)

  • the national headquarters for Ducks Unlimited Canada .
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  • awarded the British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award in the category 'Best Environmental Experience' (in 2002).
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  • recognized as the nationís Best Outdoor Site at an ĎAttractions Canadaí award ceremony (in 2000).
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  • won the 2006 Tourist Industry Association of Canada's 'National AwArd for Tourist Excellence'.
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  • on the 'Ramsar List' (see Delta Marsh).
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    Oakville(ís) - (between Stonewall & Selkirk)

  • is the site of Blight Native Seeds Ltd. :
    (1) is Manitoba's largest, most complete Native Grass seed supplier.
    (2) is growing switchgrass, a native Manitoba plant, & processing it into pellets to replace natural gas & electric heat.
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    Pine Falls(ís)

  • host to the annual Canadian Walleye Championships . It is held at the mouth of the Winnipeg River as it enters Lake Winnipeg.
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  • is the site of one of the newsprint factories of Tempec.
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    Plum Coulee(ís)

  • claims to be the Sugar Beet Capital of Manitoba .
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    Portage la Prairie(ís)

  • Can-Oat Milling is the largest industrial supplier of oat products in the world, with production capacity of over 500 million pounds of oat products per year. [2006]
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  • was declared 1 of 6 national winners for 2003/2004 by the WinterLights Celebration organization.
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  • the North American headquarters for the Delta Waterfowl Foundation.
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  • calls itself is the 'train watching capital of Canada'. -- It is one of the few places in Canada where the main lines of the CN & CP cross each other.
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  • CP Portage station & the CN Portage station are a distance of __??__ apart.
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  • Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute has won a $500 000 contract to supply testing equipment to a Mexican crown corporation. [2005]
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  • an Iowa company, H & H Trailer Company will open its first trailer manufacturing facility here [2006].
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  • is one of 13 communities around the world enlisted by the World Health Organization to participate in a research project aimed at addressing the exploding population over the age of 60, and making the places they live more friendly to their needs [2006].
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  • Fort La Reine Museum:
             (1) possesses the rail car that was home to William Van Horne, the Canadian Pacific general manager while the transcontinental railway was being built in the 1880's
             (2) possesses the world's largest display of Allis-Chalmers farm equipment from 1905 to the 1980's
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  • Simplot Canada Ltd. operates one of the world's most modern potato processing plants
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  • McCain's Food Ltd. (to be researched)
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    Rapid City(ís)

  • is the site of Celtic Power & Machinery Ltd.. a company that is claimed to be poised to become the leading maker of portable bio-diesel processing systems in North America.
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    Reston(ís)

  • claims to be the Deer Hunting of Manitoba .
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    Richer(ís)

  • claims to be the site of the most efficient peat-moss packaging plant in the world.
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    Riverton(ís)

  • is the site of a manufacturing plant of ErosionControlBlanket.com Inc. This company manufacturers straw blankets used to combat soil erosion. They claim that their machine is the only machine in the world that can manufacture erosion control blankets from 4 to 16 feet wide.
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    Roblin(s)

  • claims to be the Manitoba's Fly Fishing Capital .
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    Roland(Ďs)

  • the town that is the birthplace (1913) of 4H .
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  • makes claim to the record for Canada's heaviest pumpkin.
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    Rosenort(ís)

  • Ag Growth Industries is the world's largest manufactuer of portable grain handling related agricultural implements.
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  • Westfield Industries is the leading manufacturer of grain augers in North America.
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    Selkirk(ís)

  • Maritime Museum is the site of 6 of Manitoba's historic vessels.
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  • claims to be the catfish capital of North America. .
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  • and Winnipeg combined to attract 122,152 fans to witness the 2006 Woman's World Hockey Championships, a record for the event.

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    Shilo(Ďs)

  • is the site of the First Regiment of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery.
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  • (1) There is a table in the Officers' Mess in Shilo which is reputed to be the table that James Wolfe's body was laid out on after he was killed on the Plains of Abraham.
        (2) For an image of this table, click here .
        (3) For more information on this claim, see 'Visitors' Comments' below.
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    Souris(Ďs)

  • has Canada's longest free suspension bridge.
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  • won a 'Communities in Bloom' National Award for 2005. Also, it won in ????.
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  • Stonyfield Farm 's horses:
    (1) King of Jazz
       (a) finished second in the 2005 Queen's Plate.
       (b) finished fourth in the 2005 Jim Dandy Stakes.
    (2) seven horses won over $500 000 in 2005.
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    Southport('s) [Southport Aerospace Centre Inc.] :

  • was awarded the Military Flying Training contract with Bombardier Aerospace Inc.
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  • is home to the the Canadian Wings Aviation Training Centre
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  • is home to '3 Canadian Forces Flying Training School'
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  • private air traffic control operation is the first to be approved by Transport Canada.
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  • is one of only a few leading industrial locations in North America to possess its own airport.
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  • Stevenson Aviation and Aerospace Training Centre Ė Red River College (Southport Campus) is home to the only nationally accredited AME "M" license apprenticeship program in Canada.
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  • will be training pilots for Canada's military allies for the next 22 years due to a $1.8 billion defense contract signed in 2005.
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    Sperling(ís)

  • Sperling Industries primary business is the supply and erection of structural steel and installation of mechanical equipment. Their business involves work across Canada, the USA, and Australia.
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    Stead(ís)

  • claims to be the Sod Capital of Manitoba .
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    Ste.-Agathe(ís)

  • is the site of Associated Proteins Limited Partnership, whose factory is the world's largest chemical-free canola-crushing plant.
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    St.-Boniface(Ďs)

  • General Hospital 'Research Centre has the premier heart research program in Canada. It is one of only two Medical Research Council-designated centres for cardiovascular research.
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  • is host to Festival du Voyageur :

           (1) is Western Canada's largest winter festival.
           (2) in 2005, snow sculpture teams came from the U.S.A, Europe, Africa, & Central & South America

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  • is the largest francophone community west of Quebec.
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  • is the location for Cercle Moliere which is the oldest continually performing theatre company in Canada.
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  • St. Boniface Museum (1847) is housed in the largest oak log structure in North America.
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  • National Centre for Agri-Food Research in Medicine is located in St. Boniface.
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  • will be host to the 2006 conference of the International Organization for la Francophone which has 49 member states.
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  • in 1912-1913, was home to the Union Stockyards, the largest livestock exchange in Canada.
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    Ste.-Eustache(ís)

  • is the site of the largest carillon (bell-tower?) in western Canada.
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    St.-Claude(ís)

  • claims to be the home of the world's 'largest smokable pipe'.
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  • is the Dairy Capital of Manitoba.
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  • was a 'Communities in Bloom' past National Award winner
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    St.-Francois-Xavier(ís)

  • is the second oldest Roman Catholic Parish in western Canada.
  • ELF Industries Ltd.are the manufacturers of the first and only pellet Stove specifically designed to burn both high ash flax shive and low ash wood pellet fuels.
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    St.-Jean-Baptiste(ís)

  • claims to be the Soup Pea Capital of Canada .
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    St.-Laurent(ís)

  • is the largest living Metis community in the world.
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  • is represented in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. due to its Metis heritage.
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  • is the site of Branko's Beagles . The owners', Branko & Frieda Krpan, beagles took first, second, & third places in their class in the American Kennel Club field event (North America's biggest dog competition) in 2011. -- Their dogs have been sold to airports in Toronto and the U.S. as sniffing dogs. They are also employed in the prison system in Georgia to track down escapees
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    St.-Leon(ís)

  • is the site of the first wind farm in Canada, where electricity is being generated. [2005]
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    St.-Norbert(ís)

  • is the birthplace of the Red River Metis Nation.
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  • Peace Pagoda is one of only five similar Buddhist pagodas in North America.
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  • foot path along the LaSalle River has been recognized by the National American Association for Interpretation for 'Excellence in the interpretive Media of Outdoor Exhibits'.
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    St.-Pierre-Jolys(ís)

  • has one of CanTalk Canada's call-centres.
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    Steinbach(ís)

  • Reimer Express Lines Ltd started here in 1952.
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  • calls itself the Automobile Capital of Manitoba .
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  • is the location of Biovail Corporation's largest manufacturing facility. A $27.6-million expansion of the facility that produces pharmaceutical manufacturing is occuring. [2005]
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  • Loewen Windows:
    (1) is Canada's largest wooden door & window manufacturer
    (2) have over 1000 authorized dealers located across Canada, the US, and many other countries around the world.
    (3) was established in 1905.
    (4) received the 2005 global COE PLM Enterprise of the Year award.
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  • Barkman Concrete Ltd ships throughout Canada, the US, and Central America.
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  • is the site of Lund Boats Canada, Inc. .
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    Ste.-Rose-du-Lac(ís)

  • calls itself the Cattle Capital of Manitoba .
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    Stony Mountain(ís)

  • Baby Sherpa Co. won the 2006 Dell and RBC Small Business Excellence Award.
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  • MicroPilot :
    (1) is the world leading manufacturer of small autopilots for unmanned aerial vehicles and micro aerial vehicles.
    (2) has developed a miniature, unmanned aerial unit known as the Mosquitio which is of interest to the military of some countries.
    (3) has over 300 clients in 49 countries.
    (4) for information about Micropilot, click here .
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    Swan Valley(ís)

  • was designated 'Forest Capital of Canada for 1998' by the Canadian Forestry Association.
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    Teulon(ís)

  • is the site of the manufacturing plant of Premier Care Industries .
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  • Northern Goose Processors Ltd. :
    (1) the only federally registered goose plant in Canada [2008]
    (2) the only processor of geese intended for the federal and export markets in Canada [2008]
    (3) the only facility of its kind in North America where the goose feathers and down are processed simultaneously in a hygenic meat processing establishment. [2008]


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    The Pas(ís)

  • name results from a corruption of the original Cree name of W'Passkwayaw for the site, meaning 'where the river narrows'.
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  • claims to the host to the World Championship Dog Race.
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  • Otineka Mall is the first shopping center in Canada to be owned and operated by aboriginal peoples
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    Thompson(ís)

  • was the location of the world's first fully integrated nickel mining & process plant.
  • the site of the head office of Calm Air International, Canada's largest privately owned regional carrier
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    Vidir(ís)

  • Vidir Machine Inc.:
    (1) is North America's leading producer of motorized storage and display systems for carpet, vinyl and wire products.
    (2) manufactures biomass gasifiers that extract the energy stored in straw & converts it to heat.
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    Virden(ís)

  • is the Oil Capital of Manitoba.
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  • where Trans-X, a nationally known trucking company, started.
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  • home to the first Opera house in Western Manitoba (built in 1911)
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  • a 'Communities in Bloom' past National Award winner [when?]
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    Wawanesa(ís)

  • is the location of the head office of the Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company . .
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    West Hawk Lake -- (in the Whiteshell area)

  • was formed by a meteorite striking the Earth millions of years ago.
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    Winkler(ís)

  • Triple E Canada Ltd. which was founded by Peter W. Enns over 40 years ago. It manufactures recreational vehicles.
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  • Lode King Industries . The company manufactures highway transport trailers, hopper grain trailers & other products. It is a subsidiary of Triple E Canada Ltd.
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  • Grandeur Housing has supplied many homes across Canada, the United States and Japan
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  • had more immigrants per capita than any other small town in Canada between 2000 and 2002.
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  • Tire Recycling Corp. of North America -- to be researched
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  • Acrylon Plastics produced a line of plastic slides, one of which forms part of a type of play-structure selected by the Barack Obama family to be placed on the White House grounds in Washington, D.C. [2009]
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  • eight members of the Hooper family served in the Second World War.
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    Viewers' Comments


    Marc George , Director RCA Museum [Camp Shilo, Mb.]: (Sept. 2008)

    There is a table in the Officers' Mess in Shilo which is reputed to be the table that James Wolfe's body was laid out on after he was killed on the Plains of Abraham.

    It was re-finished in the early 1980's by an expert who stated that the design was correct for it to have been in that scenario. He cleaned off the accumulated black stuff from the under-side and discovered a small silver plaque inscribed "Wolfe Table 1759" that was hitherto not visible. He indicated that this had to have been on the table for at least 100 years. -- So we cannot get right back to 1759, but there is good reason to give credit to the story.

    The table was kept in the Mess of British Garrison Artillery units in Quebec City until their Mess furnishings passed into the hands of the Canadian Artillery in 1871. The Artillery kept the table once the Citadel was vacated and it eventually was brought to the Home Station of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery here in Shilo.


    Chris Thompson [location-?]-- I'd like to submit the town of La Riviere. -- located on #3 Hwy approximately 90 miles southwest of Winnipeg, it can claim the following: -- was once the end of the CPR rail line. That line bears the name C.P.R. LaRiviere to this day -- Wild Turkey capital of Manitoba (there is a statue on the north side of town - ( ) -- has been the home of skiing in Manitoba since the 40's -- north of town are the abandoned runs (known locally as "the old ski slopes") which were serviced by ski-trains from Wpg until approximately 1953 - currently home to Holiday Mountain Ski Resort (which is celebrating 45 years this year) -- 1968 - struck by one of the largest tornadoes to ever occur in Manitoba -- Archibald Historical Museum - located approximately 8 miles north of town, has artifacts dating right back to the first days of La Riviere -- was home to suffragist, activist, and politician Nellie McClung (the house she lived in has been moved and refurbished at Archibald Museum) -- recently (Feb 24, 2005) featured in a documentary on The Learning Channel - part of a one hour show detailing the recent moving of the towns Agricore United elevator
    Chris Thompson [location-?]--I grew up in LaRiviere (roughly 1970-1986) and much of my family is still living and farming there. My family has been in the area longer than the town has existed (town was established in 1886).

    I actually have a grandfather, great grandfather, and great-great grandfather buried in the Riverside cemetery on the edge of town. My great-great grandfather was actually the son of a sea-captain and shipbuilder in what is now Truro N.S. (family came to North America in 1751 actually) and came west buidling bridges.

    After being the foreman on a crew that built a bridge over the Red River and then the Pembina River at La Riviere, word was that there was very little bridge building to be done as you continued west - so they homesteaded in what is now LaRiviere and started farming.

    If you are ever in the area, the Archibald Historical Museum located north of town, is definitely worth a visit. LaRiviere - being the end of the rail line at the time - was once a thriving town (a jail, bank, brick factory, rail station and horse drawn roundhouse, school, lumberyards, pool hall) and a lot of the artifacts and buildings from that era are at Archibald now.


    James McClelland [Emerson] -- Re: Emerson --The Fairbanks house still exists. It is in the process of being restored. The Carney House was destroyed by fire many years ago, and the north half of the Alexander Block was burned in 1908. The south part remained until the mid 1960s when it too burned to the ground. The present day dike on main street is the former location of the block. The site of the Carney or Strathcona House as it was later called is also situated under the dike.


    Paul Armstrong [Winnipeg] -- Re: Emerson -- From the series "Manitoba Moments" on Emerson , it is stated that the first customs house in Western Canada & Emerson's first jail are situated in a park as one enters the town.