Flin Flon is a mining city in Canada. It is located on the boundary of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, with the majority of the city located within Manitoba, Flin Flon was founded in 1927 by Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting to exploit the large copper and zinc ore resources in the region. In the 1920s, HBM&S invested in a railway, mine, smelter, by 1928 the rail line reached the mine. The town grew considerably during the 1930s as farmers, who were impoverished by the Great Depression, abandoned their farms, the municipality was incorporated on January 1,1933, and in 1970, the community reached city status. The city has continued to be a centre with the development of several mines adding to its industrial base. With a scenic setting and a number of lakes, Flin Flon has also become a moderately popular tourist destination. The towns name is taken from the character in a paperback novel. Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin piloted a submarine through a lake where he passed into a strange underground world through a hole lined with gold. A copy of the book was found and read by prospector Tom Creighton. When Tom Creighton discovered a high-grade exposure of copper, he thought of the book and called it Flin Flons mine, Flin Flon shares with Tarzana, California, the distinction of being named after a character in a science fiction novel. A statue representing Flinty was designed by cartoonist Al Capp and is one of the points of interest of the city, in 1978, the National Film Board of Canada produced the short documentary Canada Vignettes, Flin Flon about the origin of the citys name. Flin Flon straddles the boundary of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, with the majority of the city being located in Manitoba. Due to the nature of the Saskatchewan-Manitoba boundary, the Saskatchewan section of town lies south of the Manitoba section. The citys Main Street crosses the boundary just south of its intersection with Church Street. The town of Creighton, Saskatchewan, is adjacent to Flin Flon. The majority of Flin Flons surface topology is exposed Canadian Shield bedrock, due to this and climatic factors, agriculture is generally not possible, although grain farming is found 130 kilometres southeast in The Pas, Manitoba. Flin Flon experiences a continental climate. There is a range in seasonal temperatures, with warm summers
Dog Sled Race (1954)
The town is named after the fictional character Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin
Flin Flon in the fall
Lake Athapapuskow, near Bakers Narrows Provincial Park and the airport; the photo was taken in late May, demonstrating that snow is possible (though unlikely) even that late in the year.