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Memorable Manitobans: Kurt Hild (c1927-1967)

Tourism promoter, adventurer.

He worked as an orderly in the hospital at Churchill, Manitoba but was also active in numerous entrepreneurial activities. He managed the bowling alley at Fort Churchill and started Northern Manitoba Outfitters to provide hunting and fishing opportunities for tourists. He established a water taxi to transport tourists across the Churchill River to visit Fort Prince of Wales. To promote his business, he and another man travelled over 1,100 miles on snowmobile, from Churchill to Winnipeg, leaving on 2 February 1966 and arriving in the city 17 days later. They were inducted into the Order of the Buffalo Hunt in recognition of their accomplishment. He drowned retrieving some canoes stranded on a sand bar while on a fishing trip to York Factory.

Sources:

“Power ‘bogganists weary”, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 February 1966, page 1.

“Trio missing in North”, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 July 1967, page 1.

We thank Conrad Hild for providing information used in this profile.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 January 2010

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