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Memorable Manitobans: Alfred Hole (1881-1959)

Farmer, conservationist.

Born in England in August 1881, he came to Canada in 1905 and settled at Winnipeg where he worked as an engineer at the High Pressure Station. In 1928, he went to Culver to operate a mink farm. Seven years later, he moved his farm to Rennie and, later that year, he was given four orphaned goslings. They led to the establishment of a goose sanctuary at his home that, with the assistance of several private companies, people, and the provincial government, developed into a facility in Whiteshell Provincial Park that bears his name. He was a member of the Masons (St. John’s Lodge No. 4) and Game and Fish Association. He died unmarried at the St. Boniface Hospital on 22 December 1959.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary (Rennie, Whiteshell Provincial Park)


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Canada voter lists, Ancestry.

“Alfred Hole, 78, goose sanctuary founder dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 December 1959, page 28.

“Goose sanctuary founder dies,” Springfield Leader, 5 January 1960, page 1.

We thank Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 March 2020

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