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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Canal School No. 1718 (Municipality of McCreary)

The Canal School District was organized formally in January 1913 and a log building was erected on SE12-21-15W in what is now the Municipality of McCreary. In 1918, the original schoolhouse was replaced by a wood frame structure. It became part of the McCreary Municipal School system in 1936. The district was reformed in 1950 and the school operated until 1959 when it closed with remaining students going to McCreary Consolidated School No. 1348. The building was moved to McCreary where it was used for a time as an Anglican parish hall. In 1997, as a newly-designated municipal historic site, it became part of a community museum.

Among the teachers of Canal School were Mr. Peters, Francis Thornton, F. Row, Miss La Broquerie, F. Homann, Lillian Thurley, Donald Campbell, Eileen Howe, Irene Bell, C. Cooper, H. Ayer, Jean Baker, G. LeBlanc, M. Collins, E. Aitken, O. Code, and D. Hannibal.

Canal School

Canal School (no date) by C. K. Rogers
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 22.

The former Canal School building

The former Canal School building (May 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.77373, W99.49032
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


McCreary: Milestones and Memories by McCreary History Book Committee, 1987, pages 154-155.

One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

Canal School, Railway Street, McCreary, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 August 2020

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