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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Camp Brandon / Camp Aylmer / Dumais Stop Butt (RM of Cornwallis)

Two concrete structures east of Brandon in the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis were constructed in 1907 by Ottawa-based surveyor and building contractor Paul T. C. Dumais (1849-1925), who also built the Brandon Armoury. They were part of the former site of Camp Brandon (also known as Camp Aylmer) that was used by local militia for target shooting practice before the First World War. Its function was superceded in 1910 by Camp Sewell located about 16 miles to the east.

Northern wall of the Dumais Stop Butt

Northern wall of the Dumais Stop Butt (May 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Identifying plaque on the Dumais Stop Butt

Identifying plaque on the Dumais Stop Butt (May 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Southern wall of the Dumais Stop Butt

Southern wall of the Dumais Stop Butt (May 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.86416, W99.90635
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon Armoury / 26th Field Regiment Museum (1116 Victoria Avenue, Brandon)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Camp Sewell / Camp Hughes (Municipality of North Cypress-Langford)

Sources:

1901 Canada census [Paul Dumais], Automated Genealogy.

“Rifle Association’s new targets,” Brandon Sun, 17 January 1907, page 10.

“Largest camp ever held here,” Brandon Sun, 2 April 1908, page 1.

Paul T. C. Dumais, FindAGrave.

We thank Bruce Tascona and Tom Mitchell for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 November 2021

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