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Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Andrews Camere Curtain Dam and Lock (Lockport, RM of St. Andrews)

Architect H. E. Vantelet of Montréal designed the St. Andrews Lock and Dam. He chose the “Camere” style found in France and modified it for the unique circumstances of the Red River. Construction began in 1908. The first ship to pass through the locks was the government steamer Victoria on 2 May 1910. The official opening took place on 14 July 1910 when the Winnitoba sailed from Winnipeg with Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier and his Public Works Minister William Pugsley, the man credited with getting the often-stalled project completed.

The lock is the only one on the prairies and measures eleven meter deep, 62 meters long and 13.7 meters wide. Each curtain in the dam is made up of 50 Douglas fir laths, each four meters long and two meters wide. The St. Andrews Lock and Dam is a designated National Historic Site and a Canadian Civil Engineering Historic Site (1990). A commemorative monument stands nearby.

St. Andrews Lock and Dam, with the Red River Floodway on the right (June 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

St. Andrews Lock and Dam (1923)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, FA23.22 Red River.

St. Andrews Lock and Dam (1930s) by J. Fred Spalding
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2014-0338

St. Andrews Lock (no date)
Source: Christian Cassidy

St. Andrews Lock and Dam (July 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Commemorative Monument for the St. Andrews Lock and Dam (July 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N50.08420, W96.94120
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

St. Andrews Locks by Hartwell Bowsfield
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 11, Number 3, Spring 1966

About St. Andrews Lock and Dam, Public Works and Government Services Canada

Lockport’s 100th, West End Dumplings.

Lockport Manitoba History

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Plaques for Persons, Events and Sites of National Historic Significance


This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, Christian Cassidy, and Tim Worth.

Page revised: 7 July 2015

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