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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Firsts

This is a list of historic sites in Manitoba that did things first.

Sites

Location

Year

First

Buffalo Point Museum and Government Centre

Buffalo Point First Nation

1997

First Indigenous historical museum in Manitoba

Gainsborough Apartments

508 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg

1931

Western Canada's first rooftop garden

First Airmail Flight in Manitoba

Lac du Bonnet

1927

First airmail service in Canada authorized by the Canada Post Office

First Grandview Home Monument

Municipality of Grandview

1890

Site of the first pioneer home in the municipality

First Grandview Sod Turning Monument

Municipality of Grandview

1890

Site of the first breaking of sod in the municipality

First Helicopter Monument

Homewood, RM of Dufferin

1930s

First helicopter flown in Canada

First Homestead in Western Canada

RM of Portage la Prairie

1872

Homestead of John Sutherland Sanderson, first registered in western Canada

First Icelandic Birth in Western Canada

RM of Gimli

1875

Birthplace of Jon Olafur Johannson, first child of Icelandic descent born in western Canada

First Masonic Lodge Plaque

191 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg

1864

Site of first Masonic Lodge in the Red River Settlement

First Railway in Western Canada Plaque

Dominion City, Municipality of Emerson-Franklin

1878

Completion of the Pembina Branch of the Canadian Pacific Railway

First Reston School Plaque

Reston, RM of Pipestone

1893

First school in the new community of Reston

First School in Winnipeg

39 Maple Street, Winnipeg

1871

First public schoolhouse in Winnipeg

W. D. Halliday - First Homesteader

RM of Lac du Bonnet

 

 

Manitoba’s First Explorers

Boissevain, Municipality of Boissevain-Morton

11,000 years ago

Aboriginal people who entered the region from the south

See also:

MHS Features: Manitoba Time Line

Memorable Manitobans: Firsts

Sources:

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 May 2022

Historic Sites of Manitoba

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