Rural Municipality of West St. Paul
West St. Paul is a rural municipality in Manitoba, Canada, it lies adjacent to the north side of Winnipeg, directly west of the Red River. It is part of the Winnipeg Capital Region, had a population of 4,932 at the 2011 census, it was formed on 3 November 1915 when the municipality of St. Paul was subdivided into West St. Paul and East St. Paul, it contains two communities and Rivercrest. Middlechurch is the larger of the two communities and includes the municipal hall, curling club, fire station, St. Paul's church, the Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg, Grassmere Creek and lies at the Southern portion of the municipality; the community of Rivercrest lies to the North and contains the West St. Paul School and Royal Manitoba Yacht Club; the two story municipal Hall was built in 1917 and expanded with a North and South addition in 1989. It is considered a municipally designated historic landmark of Manitoba and the only official historic site within West St. Paul; the West St. Paul Fire Dept. is not a full-time fire department, but rather a paid-on-call department, meaning firefighters are paid only for the emergency calls and training that they attend.
The department's fire coverage area encompasses the entire municipality of West St. Paul or 87.66 square kilometers. The department responds to a variety of emergency situations including but not limited to fire response, medical response, motor vehicle collisions, Carbon Monoxide alarms, downed power lines and water rescue response; the department responded to a total of 264 calls for service in 2013. The West St. Paul Fire Department's current organizational structure consists of 1 Fire Chief, 1 Deputy Fire Chief, 3 Captains, 2 Lieutenants, 1 training officer and 18 firefighters; the department has 26 total members. The department has 6 vehicles and 1 boat it uses to respond to calls for service including 2 pumper engines, 2 water tankers, 1 rescue/command truck, 1 squad and 1 zodiac boat for water rescue response; the West St. Paul curling club was built and has been in operation since 1963, it received some notoriety in 2015, when team Reid Carruthers, from the West St. Paul club, won the Men's Manitoba Curling Provincials and placed third in the Men's National Brier Established in January 1825, St. Paul's Anglican church was built in order to keep up with the growing population along the Red River.
The structure of the church was rebuilt in 1844 and again in 1878 as result of damage due to flooding. The Historic Sites Advisory Board of Manitoba erected a plaque in 1975 owing to its historical importance, however it is not yet listed as a historic site in Manitoba. Prior to becoming a municipality, the region surrounding the church was known as the parish of St. Paul's or parish of the middle church (middle owing to its being situated between the older St. John’s Cathedral and St. Andrews-on-the-Red, thus the church and parish provided a name to both the municipality as well as the nearby community. West St. Paul has one school is a kindergarten to grade 8 school, built in 1947, expanded in 1953 and expanded again in 1959. Prior to building the school, classes were held at a local church as well as the municipal hall. In 1959, it joined the newly formed Seven Oaks School Division, its current capacity is 600 students. "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and territories, census subdivisions, 2011 and 2006 censuses".
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A municipality is a single administrative division having corporate status and powers of self-government or jurisdiction as granted by national and regional laws to which it is subordinate. It is to be distinguished from the county, which may encompass rural territory or numerous small communities such as towns and hamlets; the term municipality may mean the governing or ruling body of a given municipality. A municipality is a general-purpose administrative subdivision, as opposed to a special-purpose district; the term is derived from French Latin municipalis. The English word municipality derives from the Latin social contract municipium, referring to the Latin communities that supplied Rome with troops in exchange for their own incorporation into the Roman state while permitting the communities to retain their own local governments. A municipality can be any political jurisdiction from a sovereign state, such as the Principality of Monaco, to a small village, such as West Hampton Dunes, New York.
The territory over which a municipality has jurisdiction may encompass only one populated place such as a city, town, or village several of such places only parts of such places, sometimes boroughs of a city such as the 34 municipalities of Santiago, Chile. Powers of municipalities range from virtual autonomy to complete subordination to the state. Municipalities may have the right to tax individuals and corporations with income tax, property tax, corporate income tax, but may receive substantial funding from the state. In various countries, municipalities are referred to as "communes", notably in Romance languages such as French commune, Italian comune, Romanian comună, Spanish comuna, in Germanic languages such as German Kommune, Swedish kommun, Faroese kommuna, Norwegian, Danish kommune. However, in Moldova and Romania exist both municipalities and communes, a commune may be part of a municipality. Similar terms include Spanish ayuntamiento called municipalidad, Polish gmina, Dutch/Flemish Gemeente and Luxembourgish Gemeng.
In Australia, the term local government area is used in place of the generic municipality. Here, the "LGA Structure covers only incorporated areas of Australia. Incorporated areas are designated parts of states and territories over which incorporated local governing bodies have responsibility." In Canada, municipalities are local governments established through provincial and territorial legislation within general municipal statutes. Types of municipalities within Canada include cities, district municipalities, municipal districts, parishes, rural municipalities, townships and villes among others; the Province of Ontario has different tiers of municipalities, including lower and single tiers. Types of upper tier municipalities in Ontario include regional municipalities. Nova Scotia has regional municipalities, which include cities, districts, or towns as municipal units. In India, a Municipality or Nagar Palika is an urban local body that administers a city of population 100,000 or more. However, there are exceptions to that, as Municipality were constituted in urban centers with population over 20,000, so all the urban bodies which were classified as Municipality were reclassified as Municipality if their population was under 100,000.
Under the Panchayati Raj system, it interacts directly with the state government, though it is administratively part of the district it is located in. Smaller district cities and bigger towns have a Municipality. Municipality are a form of local self-government entrusted with some duties and responsibilities, as enshrined in the Constitutional Act,1992. In the United Kingdom, the term was used until the 1972 Local Government Act came into effect in 1974 in England and Wales, until 1975 in Scotland and 1976 in Northern Ireland, "both for a city or town, organized for self-government under a municipal corporation, for the governing body itself; such a corporation in Great Britain consists of a head as a mayor or provost, of superior members, as aldermen and councillors". Since local government reorganisation, the unit in England, Northern Ireland and Wales is known as a district, in Scotland as a council area. A district can retain its district title. In Jersey, a municipality refers to the honorary officials elected to run each of the 12 parishes into which it is subdivided.
This is the highest level of regional government in this jurisdiction. In Trinidad and Tobago, "municipality" is understood as a city, town, or other local government unit, formed by municipal charter from the state as a municipal corporation. A town may be awarded borough status and on may be upgraded to city status. Chaguanas, San Fernando, Port of Spain and Point Fortin are the 5 current municipalities in Trinidad and Tobago. In the United States, "municipality" is understood as a city, village, or other local government unit, formed by municipal charter from the state as a municipal corporation. In a state law contex
Steinbach is a city located about 58 km south-east of Winnipeg, Canada. According to the Canada 2016 Census, Steinbach has a population of 15,829, making it the third-largest city in Manitoba and the largest community in the Eastman region; the city is bordered by the Rural Municipality of Hanover, the Rural Municipality of La Broquerie. The name of "Steinbach" is translated from German as "Stony Brook" and was first settled by Plautdietsch-speaking Mennonites from the Russian Empire in 1874; the city continues to have a strong Mennonite influence today. Steinbach is found on the eastern edge of the Canadian Prairies, while Sandilands Provincial Forest is a short distance east of the city. Steinbach is an agricultural community; the city has many service and commercial businesses to serve the population. Steinbach is the third fastest-growing census agglomeration in Canada. Out of the top eight fastest-growing agglomerations, Steinbach is the only one located outside Alberta; the city had a population growth of 17 % between the 2016 census periods.
The city has gained national recognition as an immigration destination of Canada and a model for immigrant integration in the country. The land in southeast Manitoba upon which Steinbach sits, was the traditional lands of the nomadic Ojibway-speaking Anishinabe people, they used their lands for hunting and trapping. The Anishinabe knew no borders at the time and their land ranged both north and south of the US–Canada border, both east and west of the Red River. On 3 August 1871 the Anishinabe people signed Treaty 1 and moved onto reserves such as the Brokenhead Indian Reserve and Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation Reserve. Shortly thereafter the government began staking out the land for the East Reserve. Steinbach was founded in 1874 by Plautdietsch-speaking Russian Mennonites. Many of Steinbach's 18 original settler families came directly from the Borosenko colony in Imperial Russia, now Ukraine, they took the name "Steinbach" from the village. At the time they left for Canada, Borosenko was just ten years old, an off-shoot of the larger Molotschna colony.
However, Russia was not their ancestral homeland. Originating in the Netherlands, the ancestors of Steinbach's Mennonite settlers lived in Prussia before their time in Ukraine. Within the settlement of Molotschna were a group of people following the Kleine Gemeinde, known for practise of the New Testament teachings of non-resistance, community of sharing and the publication of the first inspirational books; this group was a small minority in Molotschna but its farmers were known as the best in the community. In 1873, Mennonites from Russia became dissatisfied with increasing Russification and the removal of their military exemption, sent delegates to Canada to investigate and negotiate terms of immigration. Many of the delegates decided to move their people to Kansas, the more conservative groups, such as the Kleine Gemeinde, were persuaded to settle in Canada because the Canadian government was more generous in their guarantees of religious freedom. In 1873 a Privilegium was signed, a year Mennonites started to arrive in the region.
The document guaranteed, among other things, military exemption, freedom of religion, private schools, land, known as the East Reserve. Two Mennonite groups settled in the Bergthalers and Kleine Gemeinde. Most of Steinbach's settlers were from Kleine Gemeinde families, who arrived late in the summer of 1874; when they arrived, they found that much of the better land in the reserve had been settled a few months earlier by the Bergthaler and earlier Kleine Gemeinde families. The earlier settlers had come to realize the area suffered from excessive moisture and settled upon much of the higher lands and gravel ridges. So Steinbach's earliest Mennonite settlers settled in the northeast corner of the East Reserve; the 20 homesteads were laid out on the northeast side of present-day Main Street along the Steinbach Creek. Contrary to the preferences of the Canadian government, the early settlers of Steinbach, like other Mennonite villages, organized the village in long narrow strips known as Wirtschafts.
Most of the settlers were farmers, but in a somewhat urban setting, who lived, to some degree and shared a common pasture at the end of the village. They started a school in the first year, in the following year of 1875 built a school and teacherage. A few years the first and original windmill in the town was built in 1877 by Abraham S. Friesen. In 1877, Lord Dufferin toured Manitoba's new Mennonite settlements and stopped just west of Steinbach where he could see "half a dozen villages" in the distance. A crowd of 1000 people greeted his arrival. In 1881, John Holdeman visited the area and many locals from the Kleine Gemeinde joined his new church, Church of God in Christ, Mennonite; this was the first of many schisms and revivals in Steinbach and the town would be known for having dozens of churches, many of them different variations of Mennonite, a dynamic that has shaped the city's character. After a period of eight years, in 1882, Mayor Gerhard Giesbrecht said that the village had grown to 28 families with a population of 128.
In 1910, the linear settlement village design, or Wirtschaft, for the community ended. Prior to this time, the settlers of Steinbach lived in long narrow strips along the Steinbach Creek. Following the
Portage la Prairie
Portage la Prairie is a small city in the Central Plains Region of Manitoba, Canada. As of 2016, the population was 13,304 and the land area of the city was 24.68 square kilometres. Portage la Prairie is 75 kilometres west of Winnipeg, along the Trans-Canada Highway, sits on the Assiniboine River, which flooded the town persistently until a diversion channel north to Lake Manitoba was built to divert the flood waters; the city is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie. According to Environment Canada, Portage la Prairie has the most sunny days during the warm months in Canada, it is the administrative headquarters of the Dakota Tipi First Nations reserve. The area was first inhabited by First Nations peoples, long before European settlers began to arrive prior to 1850. In September 1738, after the fur trade had extended into Western Canada. Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye built Fort La Reine north of the Assiniboine River to serve as a fur trading post, provide the explorers with a "home" operating base, from which they would explore other parts of central Manitoba and western North America.
In 1851, Archdeacon William Cochrane of the Anglican Church, John McLean, as well as other ambitious settlers, were among the first to purchase the first land in the area from the local Aboriginals, around what is now Crescent Lake. A school was soon built as settlers poured in from the east, followed by a church, numerous local businesses as the community began to form; the fertile soils of the Portage la Prairie area were discovered in the 1850s, giving birth to the future agriculturally based economy of the village. A local government was formed in 1857, by the 1860s, there were sixty homes in the community; the 1870s was a decade of rapid growth, as many more settlers moved to Portage, establishing farms and opening new businesses. By this time, the village had an operating flour mill, a local newspaper, a community fair. From the 1870s to the 1880s, the community increased in population by 10 times. Freight and supplies were transported by oxcart and steamboat until the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1881, the year Portage was incorporated as a town.
Thomas Collins was the first mayor of Portage la Prairie. In 1907, Portage was incorporated as a city, from that point on, managed to keep a gradual rate of growth and development, serving as a regional hub for agriculture, retail and transportation in central Manitoba. During World War II, the Royal Canadian Air Force constructed Canadian Forces Base Portage la Prairie in support of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan; the station was controlled by the RCAF but used naval personnel as high-frequency direction finding operators. The station's priority was German U-boat traffic; this site and CFB Rivers located at Rivers, Manitoba helped to increase the fix accuracy immensely. Commercial cultivation of industrial cannabis was banned in Canada in 1938, but in 1928 1,640 acres of industrial hemp was grown in Canada, with 1,200 acres of that being in Portage la Prairie; the name of the city is derived from the French word portage, which means to carry a canoe overland between waterways. In this case the "portage" was over la prairie.
The city became a major transportation centre due to its proximity to the river, the location of the main lines of the country's national railways passing through the community. The CPR and Canadian National Railways intersect in Portage; this has made Portage la Prairie one of the most ideal places for railway aficionados to view trains. The Trans-Canada Highway, a major national transportation route, runs past the city and provides the community with business if highway travellers decide to make a trek into Portage. Since the land is fertile, with soils abundant in nutrients, Portage la Prairie is a major agricultural centre in Manitoba, in Canada; the rural area surrounding the community is undoubtedly a breadbasket in Canada, having some of the best soils in the country for producing a wide array of vegetables, berries and lentils. The city is known for its mature urban forest. A collection of some of the largest cottonwood trees in Canada line the west end of the main street known as Saskatchewan Avenue, along with many other varieties, are present throughout the city.
It is the home of former Prime Minister of Canada Arthur Meighen. According to Environment Canada, Portage la Prairie has the most sunny days during the warm months in Canada. Portage has a humid continental climate with cold, dry winters; the highest temperature recorded in Portage La Prairie was 41.1 °C on 11 July 1936. The coldest temperature recorded was −44.0 °C on 2 February 1996. According to the 2016 Census, Portage la Prairie was home to 13,304 people, a 2.4% increase from the prior census in 2011. The land area of Portage la Prairie is 24.68 km2
Altona is a town in southern Manitoba about 100 km south-west of Winnipeg and 133 km north of Grand Forks, North Dakota. The population at the 2011 Census was 4,123 residents. Altona was founded in 1876 by Plautdietsch-speaking Mennonites from the Russian Empire, it is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Rhineland. Much of the surrounding area is devoted to farming and agriculture-based business. Plautdietsch-speaking Mennonites from Russia began settling in Manitoba from 1874 through 1880 after signing a Privilegium with the Canadian government; the settlers were located in the Mennonite Reserve. This area, east of the Red River and south of the Seine River, became known as the East Reserve when another block of land west of the Red River, known as the West Reserve was granted for Mennonite settlement in 1876, which included the land to become Altona; the first settlement at Altona was made in 1880, by Bergthal Mennonites from the East Reserve nearby. A southern spur of the Canadian Pacific Railway went through the Altona village area in 1882.
A separate town-site named Altona, had its start in the 1895 when the Canadian Pacific Railroad was extended to that point, with the village area known as Old Altona. While Altona had a population large enough to support incorporation by the late 1920s, it took until 1946 for the community to be incorporated as a village, its population at that time was 1065 residents. In 1956, population growth to 1698 residents prompted the village council to apply to the provincial government to change the status to town; this change became official on 24 October 1956. The 2011 Canadian Census reported that Altona had a population of 4,088, a 10.2 per cent increase since 2006. Not given the town's Mennonite founders, of 3,990 respondents, 1,415 listed their mother tongue as German, though this may include Plautdietsch; the median age of the population reported. Altona was the site of the Rhineland Consumers Co-operative, the Altona Co-op Service, the Altona Credit Union and Co-op Vegetable Oils; these co-operative enterprises were a effective local response to the devastating impact of the Great Depression on local farmers' incomes.
Jake Siemens played an important role in their development, the growth of the co-operative movement in southern Manitoba. Bunge Limited now operates the oil-seed crushing plant in Altona, after buying the assets from Canamera Foods. Altona is home to Friesens Corporation, which started off as a small confectionery store opened by David W. Friesen in 1907 and now employs hundreds of people, it is the primary printer of yearbooks in North America, as well as printing in commercial consumer books, specializing in full colour art and educational books. The town is the headquarters for Golden West Broadcasting; the first Mennonite Central Committee self-help centre in Canada was founded in Altona in 1972. Staffed by volunteers, MCC Thrift stores now contribute about $4M annually to MCC projects; the store has been expanded numerous times, is still volunteer-run. The proceeds raised all go to MCC charitable projects. Altona, Manitoba is known as "The Sunflower Capital of Canada", is host to the annual Sunflower Festival, which began in 1965.
The Sunflower Festival has a Sunflower festival pageant where they crown a queen every year, who wins a trip to Australia. The festival includes a small midway, quilt show, baseball tournament, stage show, street dance to name a few. In 2008, the Town of Altona opened an Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, displaying many different styles of artwork. Altona's sister city is Emerald, Australia; every year a Sunflower Festival is held in which a young woman in the community is crowned the Sunflower Queen and gets a flight to Emerald for free to participate in the Sunflower Festival held there. The community is home to the largest replica of a famous painting by Vincent van Gogh, it was named'The largest painting on an easel by The Guinness Book of World Records in 1998. It was the first of three works in the Big Easel Project by local artist Cameron Cross, based on the painting Sunflowers; the base stands at 76'6" and the canvas was made by laminating together 24 sheets of 3/4" plywood and splattering it with 17 gallons of paint to create the picture.
The Trans Canada Trail goes through Altona, heading south to Gretna and west to Rosengart through Buffalo Creek Nature Park. Oakview Golf & Country Club is located 9.5 km south of Altona. Altona Municipal Airport is about 2.8 km southwest of the town. Manitoba Highway 30 is the main north-south route, it begins in Gretna, passes on the east border of Altona to Rosenfeld. Manitoba Provincial Road 201 is the main east-west route. In the late 1990s the town, in partnership with various businesses and volunteers, embarked on an ambitious plan to improve recreation facilities. In 2000, the Altona Aquatic Centre opened to rave reviews, a trails system was started, in 2003 the Millennium Exhibition Centre opened; this 75,000 square-foot facility features an ice arena, curling arena, banquet hall, meeting rooms, running track, concessions and community spaces. Since other recreation facilities have been added such as a triples tennis court, a large playground, most in 2013 a $250,000 skate park, a second full size baseball diamond set to open in 2014 - to be known as Access Field.
Altona is the located in, home to the head office of, the Border Land School District. W. C. Miller Collegiate is the high school in the town. Other schools within Altona are École Elmwood School, École West Park School, an
Dauphin is a city in Manitoba, with a population of 8,457 as of the 2016 Canadian Census, with an additional 2,388 living in the surrounding Rural Municipality of Dauphin, for a total of 10,845 in the RM and City combined. Dauphin serves as a hub to the province's Parkland Region; the nearby lake was given the name "Dauphin" by the explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye in 1741 in honour of the heir to the French throne. Settlers began arriving in the area in 1883 and two early settlements, Gartmore and "Old Dauphin" were established. With the coming of the railway in 1896 – the line ran halfway between the two villages – settlement shifted to the present site; this coincided with the beginning of Ukrainian settlement in the area: most arrivals had been of British extraction. Incorporated as a village in 1898 and as a town in 1901, Dauphin became an important centre for the transportation of grain. Farming still plays a central role in the economy of the area, but its role has been reduced.
The current mayor of Dauphin is Allen Dowhan. Conservative Robert Sopuck has been the Member of Parliament for the Dauphin—Swan River—Marquette riding since November 2010. Progressive Conservative Brad Michaleski is the current Member of the Legislative Assembly. Dauphin plays host to several summer festivals, including Dauphin's Countryfest and Canada's National Ukrainian Festival. Dauphin is known as the "Garden Capital of Manitoba." According to the 1996 Canadian census, Ukrainians constitute the largest ethnic group in the City of Dauphin, with 41.04% of the population. 26% of the population can speak Ukrainian. 24.17% of the residents have English ancestry, 17.61% Scottish ancestry, 12.3% Irish ancestry, 10% are of Aboriginal origin. Dauphin is near Riding Mountain National Park south of the city, it is served by Provincial Trunk Highways 5, 10 and 20 and is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Dauphin. From 1974-1979, a federally funded pilot project called Mincome provided a Basic income guarantee to residents of Dauphin.
As the largest city within the Parkland, Dauphin has a trading area of over 50,000 people. A large part of Dauphin's economy is based on agriculture, with farms in this area of the province producing grains, oilseeds and livestock. Dauphin is the home to various industries including manufacturing, health care, recreation/tourism and retail; the Canadian distribution centre for Norwex is located in the city. The city is served by Manitoba Provincial Trunk Highways: PTH 5 PTH 10 PTH 20 PTH 5A PTH 10A PTH 20A Lt. Col W. G. Barker VC Airport serves the area, however no scheduled flights are operated from the airport. Dauphin railway station is served by Via Rail's Winnipeg–Churchill train; the rail line is owned by Canadian National which operates freight trains through the town. Dauphin is a hockey community; the Credit Union Place recreation complex was built in 2006. It is the home of the Dauphin Kings, an MJHL Junior A hockey team, Turnbull Memorial Trophy winners in 1969, 1970, 1972, 1977, 1983, 1993, 2010 and Anavet Cup winners of 2010.
The team played in the Dauphin Memorial Community Centre arena, built after the Second World War. Dauphin and the Kings hosted the Royal Bank Cup in 2010, the Canadian National Championship for Junior A Hockey. Dauphin has a history of title-winning baseball teams. Both the Dauphin Redbirds and the Dauphin Brewers have claimed numerous provincial titles. Dauphin high schoolers play a big part of the athletics of Dauphin, they have won many awards and medals in volleyball and field, broomball, curling and hockey. A Dauphin rink composed of curlers Ab Gowanlock, Jim Williams, Art Pollon and Russ Jackman won the Brier, the Canadian men's curling championship, in 1953. Dauphin is in western Manitoba near Duck Mountain Provincial Park and Riding Mountain National Park, just west of Lake Manitoba and Dauphin Lake and south of Lake Winnipegosis; the City of Dauphin had a population of 8,457 in 2016, while there were an additional 2,388 residents living in the surrounding Rural Municipality of Dauphin.
Dauphin had a population of an increase of 4.4 % from the 2006 census. The median household income in 2005 was $35,527, below the Manitoba provincial average of $47,875. Dauphin has a humid continental climate with warm summers; the highest temperature recorded in Dauphin was 40.6 °C on 28 June 1931. The coldest temperature recorded was −44.4 °C on 25 February 1890 and 18 February 1966. Mountain View School Division provides K-12 education in Dauphin; the City of Dauphin has 7 schools including the Dauphin Regional Comprehensive Secondary School, Mackenzie Middle School, Henderson Elementary School, Lt. Colonel Barker VC School, École Macneill, Whitmore School and Smith-Jackson Ukrainian Bilingual School; the Assiniboine Community College Parkland Campus, located in Dauphin, provides post-secondary programming in the Parkland. Programs include business, applied counseling, nursing and a range of apprenticeship courses. Newspapers Dauphin Herald Radio CKDM 730 AM, Country and Adult Contemporary CBWW-FM 105.3, CBC Radio One 106.1, CBC Radio TwoTelevision Barry Trotz, head coach of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders and 2018 Stanley cup winner, was born and raised in Dauphin.
James Ball competed for Canada in the 1928 Summer Olympics held in Amsterdam, Netherlands in the 400 metres, where he won the Silver medal. Erving Goffman, acclaimed sociologist and author of The Present
Winnipeg Beach is a town in the Interlake Region, in the Canadian province of Manitoba. The town was founded in 1900 by Sir William Whyte and is located at the junction of Highway 9 and Highway 229 on the southwestern shore of Lake Winnipeg, about 56 kilometres north of Winnipeg, it is bordered by the Rural Municipality of Gimli, the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews, the Village of Dunnottar as well as Lake Winnipeg. Nearby towns are Ponemah and Matlock, Sandy Hook, as well as Teulon, Selkirk, its permanent population is 1,017. In 1900, the Canadian Pacific Railway purchased 13 hectares of undeveloped shoreline 65 kilometres north of Winnipeg on the southwestern shore of Lake Winnipeg and commenced construction of a resort town. In addition to the attraction of a three kilometre stretch of sandy beach, the CPR built and offered an array of accommodation and amusement facilities, including a prominent dance hall. In the early 1900s, ritzy hotels lined the main street of Winnipeg Beach. Piers and picnic grounds were constructed to accommodate the weekend masses that would travel to Winnipeg Beach from the nearby capital city.
By 1913, the summer retreat had become so popular that the CPR had 13 trains running the line between the beach and the City of Winnipeg. The famous Moonlight Special returned to the city at midnight every Saturday for fifty years; the round trip fare was only fifty cents. A boardwalk took strollers along the beach to the carnival cottages. A wooden roller coaster was one of the largest in the country at the time and carried hundreds of passengers on a busy day; the Pavilion housed a 1,300-square-metre dance floor, reputed to be the largest in Western Canada. The romance of Winnipeg Beach began to wane during the 1950s, although the beach itself still remained a popular destination, in 1964 the amusement park was permanently closed. Of the many recreation and railway related structures erected by the CPR at Winnipeg Beach, only the steel water tower survives, it was constructed in 1928 by the Vulcan Iron Works Ltd. of Winnipeg. Utilitarian in design and appearance, the 40-metre-high tower supported a 90,000-litre capacity tank and provided a source of pressurized water for the CPR steam locomotives and fire protection services for the resort's facilities.
Non-operational since the resort closed, the structure is the best example of only five surviving riveted-steel water towers in Manitoba. As in its heyday, the tower is a prominent visual landmark around the beach community. After the closure of the resort and amusement facilities at Winnipeg Beach, the Province of Manitoba attempted to revitalize the town by creating a recreation park in the 1960s, with various improvements to the beach and the parks lining it. A restaurant and lounge and several change-room structures were built, in addition to a large parking lot; the recreation park continues to be a popular destination for beachgoers. The Town has built a Skateboarding park, to stimulate the youth community; the Global Television Network TV series Falcon Beach was filmed in the town during the summers of 2005–2006. Several different residential summer camps, including Camp Massad of Manitoba, lie just north of the town; the town is governed by a five-member town council. Media related to Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba at Wikimedia Commons Town of Winnipeg Beach Map of Winnipeg Beach at Statcan