Historic Sites of Manitoba: West Lake School No. 311 (Municipality of Boissevain-Morton)

The West Lake School District was established formally in 1885, operating a schoolhouse in Section 8 of Township 2, Range 19 west of the Principal Meridian, in what is now the Municipality of Boissevain-Morton. The school closed in 1961, due to a lack of students, and the district was dissolved in 1967. Its catchment area was divided between Boissevain School District No. 373 and Killarney School District No. 252. The school building was sold to a local farmer and moved to his farm at 10-2-19W.

Among the teachers of West Lake School were Miss Hall (1894), Mary Helen Turnbull (1942-1944), and Miss Betty Anderson (1960-1961).

West Lake School commemorative sign

West Lake School (circa 1916)
Source: Grant Bailey

West Lake School commemorative sign

West Lake School commemorative sign (August 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.10271, W99.90715
denoted by symbol on the map above


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.

Beckoning Hills Revisited: Ours is a Goodly Heritage, Morton-Boissevain, 1881-1981 by Boissevain History Committee, c1981, page 187.

We thank Grant Bailey and Ken Storie for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 May 2023

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