Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba’s First Explorers (Boissevain, Municipality of Boissevain-Morton)

Manitoba’s first explorers were Aboriginal people who entered the region from the south over 11,000 years ago. At that time, only a small portion of the province was accessible, as most of it was covered by an ice sheet or glacial lakes.

These first people hunted now-extinct species of Ice Age animals and manufactured a distinctive style of stone spear point. The scarcity of such artifacts indicates that the earliest explorers were members of a small, highly mobile population whose territory included present-day southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

As time went on, the ice sheet gradually melted and the glacial lakes slowly drained away. The central and northern regions of Manitoba soon supported a variety of plant and animal resources that drew the attention of indigenous hunters and gatherers. By 7,000 years ago, most of the province had been explored and subsequently occupied by successive generations of Manitoba’s first people.

This plaque was erected at Boissevain in 1993 by the Manitoba Heritage Council.

Manitoba’s First Explorers Plaque

Manitoba’s First Explorers Plaque (August 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.23027, W100.05394
denoted by symbol on the map above


Manitoba's First Explorers, Manitoba Heritage Council Commemorative Plaques

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 January 2021

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