Historic Sites of Manitoba: Firsts

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





Buffalo Point Museum and Government Centre

Buffalo Point First Nation


First Indigenous historical museum in Manitoba

Gainsborough Apartments

508 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg


Western Canada's first rooftop garden

First Airmail Flight in Manitoba

Lac du Bonnet


First airmail service in Canada authorized by the Canada Post Office

First Grandview Home Monument

Municipality of Grandview


Site of the first pioneer home in the municipality

First Grandview Sod Turning Monument

Municipality of Grandview


Site of the first breaking of sod in the municipality

First Helicopter Monument

Homewood, RM of Dufferin


First helicopter flown in Canada

First Homestead in Western Canada

RM of Portage la Prairie


Homestead of John Sutherland Sanderson, first registered in western Canada

First Icelandic Birth in Western Canada

RM of Gimli


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

First Masonic Lodge Plaque

191 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg


Site of first Masonic Lodge in the Red River Settlement

First Railway in Western Canada Plaque

Dominion City, Municipality of Emerson-Franklin


Completion of the Pembina Branch of the Canadian Pacific Railway

First Reston School Plaque

Reston, RM of Pipestone


First school in the new community of Reston

First School in Winnipeg

39 Maple Street, Winnipeg


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


This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 May 2022

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