Manitoba Communities: Wawanesa (Unincorporated Village)
Known originally as Sipewiski, an Indigenous word meaning “crooked river,” it was changed to Wawanesa because early settlers thought it sounded like “sip of whiskey.” The word Wawanesa is an Indigenous word but there are several versions of what it is thought to mean.
Search the MHS collection of biographies for ones connected to Wawanesa:
Geographic Names of Manitoba, Manitoba Conservation, 2000.
Manitoba Gazette, 1887-1959. Manitoba Legislative Library.
Sipiweske, Light Through the Trees: 100 Years of Wawanesa and District, Wawanesa & District History Book Committee, 1988.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 14 May 2017