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On The Road to Abandoned Manitoba
by Gordon Goldsborough

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Based on a regular feature on CBC’s Weekend Morning Show, the book Abandoned Manitoba was a runaway success in 2016, becoming the year’s top-selling, non-fiction book in Manitoba. Its sequel More Abandoned Manitoba was the 2019 McNally Robinson Book of the Year.

In this new book, scientist-historian Gordon Goldsborough hits the road in search of adventure and little-known stories from Manitoba’s past. Among the places he visits are underground radiation monitoring posts from the Cold War, a remote hydroelectric generating station, cruise ships on the Red River, the original route of the Trans-Canada Highway, and much more.

Published by Great Plains Press
Printed by Friesens Corporation
ISBN 9781773371078
264 pages
Available: October 2023

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Public Events

Please contact Gordon Goldsborough if your group is interested in having a presentation about On the Road to Abandoned Manitoba.



Friday, 27 October 2023, 7:00 PM

Holland Community Hall
136 Broadway Street, Holland

Wednesday, 1 November 2023, 6:30 PM

Dauphin Seniors Centre
55 First Avenue Southeast, Dauphin

Thursday, 2 November 2023, 6:30 PM

South Central Regional Library (Altona Branch)
67 Second Street NE, Unit 130 (Altona Mall), Altona

Saturday, 4 November 2023, 10:00 AM

South Central Regional Library (Miami Branch)
530 Norton Avenue, Miami

Saturday, 4 November 2023, 1:00 PM

South Central Regional Library (Winkler Branch)
160 Main Street, Winkler

Monday, 6 November 2023, 7:00 PM

Charleswood Historical Society
5006 Roblin Boulevard, Winnipeg

Tuesday, 7 November 2023, 6:30 PM

South Central Regional Library (Morden Branch)
514 Stephen Street, Morden

Wednesday, 8 November 2023, 2:00 PM

South Central Regional Library (Manitou Branch)
418 Main Street, Manitou

Friday, 10 November 2023, 6:30 PM

Daly House Museum
122 Eighteenth Street, Brandon

Tuesday, 14 November 2023, 7:00 PM

Reston & District Library
220 Fourth Street, Reston

Wednesday, 15 November 2023, 7:00 PM

Brandon Public Library
Unit 1, 710 Rosser Avenue, Brandon

Thursday, 16 November 2023, 6:30 PM

Raystone Memorial Centre
214 Broadway Street, Glenboro

Saturday, 18 November 2023, 12 noon

Portage la Prairie Regional Library
40-B Royal Road North, Portage la Prairie

Monday, 20 November 2023, 6:30 PM

Millennium Library
251 Donald Street, Winnipeg

Wednesday, 22 November 2023, 1:30 PM

North Norfolk-MacGregor Library
35 Hampton Street, MacGregor

Friday, 24 November 2023, 7:00 PM

McNally Robinson Booksellers (Grant Park)
4000 - 1120 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg

Wednesday, 29 November 2023, 7:00 PM

Valley Regional Library
141 Main Street, Morris

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 6:30 PM

Border Regional Library (Virden Branch)
312 - 7th Avenue, Virden

Thursday, 7 December 2023, 7:00 PM

293 Mountain Avenue, Neepawa

Wednesday, 7 February 2024

Friendship Force Manitoba
Location TBA

The Author

Gordon Goldsborough is the Head Researcher, Webmaster, and Past-President of the Manitoba Historical Society, and Production Coordinator & Pageant Editor of Prairie History magazine. For the past dozen years, he has been mapping historic sites all over Manitoba, including schools, churches, stores, homes, grain elevators, military bases, and more. His series “Abandoned Manitoba” on the CBC Weekend Morning Show has been running since mid-2015 and audio copies of every episode are available here.

Besides his historical interests, Goldsborough is a member of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba where he is a water quality specialist concerned with the impacts of humans on wetlands and lakes.

Contact Gordon Goldsborough at

See Also

Abandoned Manitoba by Gordon Goldsborough
Great Plains Publications, 2016

More Abandoned Manitoba by Gordon Goldsborough
Great Plains Publications, 2018

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba

YouTube: Abandoned Manitoba, The Videos (Season 1)

Relic Run a journey back in time,” Virden Empire-Advance, 1 August 2023

Page revised: 28 September 2023