Britannia Avenue

Britannia Avenue is a tribute to the connection that Selkirk residents felt toward the British monarchy. The avenue was likely named at the start of World War I when British patriotism was at its peak in the town.  British jingoism was at its height between the Boer War and the beginning of WWI.  Songs such…

Schultz Ave

Dr. John Christian Schultz had come to prominence by leading the “Canadian faction” opposing Louis Riel’s efforts to make Manitoba a province.  He invested in Selkirk and came to own the land that became Clandeboye, Manitoba and Superior Avenues.  He built the first Merchants Hotel in 1877.   A Real Scallywag After Louis Riel had…

Colcleugh Ave

Colcleugh Avenue is named for Selkirk’s first Mayor and founder, James Colcleugh.   The Birth of Selkirk As a contractor on the telegraph line between Rat Portage and Manitoba, Colcleugh reached a spot tentatively called “Selkirk” which was to be “the crossing” of the Red River.  The location was just a mark on a railway…