The 108th Batallion lined up outside of Red Feather Farm.

Red Feather Farm

163 Edstan Place As its name suggests, this park was once part of a 37-acre farm with a storied history created by A. A. Gilroy. Gilroy came to Manitoba from Ontario in 1905 as a senior executive with the T. Eaton Company. At the time he started the farm, he was also president of the…

Image of original war memorial honouring past and present veterans.

Veterans Memorial Gardens

314 Eveline Street at Britannia The site of Veterans Memorial Gardens played an important role in the community long before the erection of the war memorial in 1927. This site was home to Manitoba’s first national fish hatchery, which was built in 1892 by the federal government. It was described in the department of fisheries’…

Open view of Penwarden Park. Playground and trees in sight.

Penwarden Park

600 block of Moody Avenue Penwarden Park was created in 1966 as the development of the residential neighbourhood around it was set to begin. The earliest newspaper mention of Penwarden Park comes from the January 22, 1968 city council meeting: “Councillor Taylor suggested there should be an official opening of the Wm. Penwarden Park.”. It…

Queens Park sign in front of Selkirk's iconic blue bridge.

Queen’s Park

304 Eveline Street The site that is now home to Queens Park was vacant since the construction of the Selkirk Lift Bridge in 1935, and perhaps even longer as before the bridge, this junction was a busy ferry crossing. In May 1951, the local Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) lodge leased this land from…

This is a picture of Queen Victoria. She is wearing a gold gown and a red and silver crown. She is pale with brown hair that is short.

Queen Avenue

Queen Avenue honours Queen Victoria who ruled the Great Britain from 1837 to 1901. Victoria became queen of England when she was just 18 years old.  By the time she died, 64 years later, she was Empress of India and ruler of the largest empire in the world. Her reign was the longest of any…

Picture of a busy Robinson Avenue from the 1990s. The road is occupied by a truck moving materials, people walking and biking.

Robinson Avenue

Robinson Avenue is named for Captain William Robinson, a man of many talents who grew rich in shipping, timber and fishing. Robinson’s fleet of fishing boats and tugs, fishing and timber camps provided 1000 jobs to the people of the region every year. His enterprises provided timber and fish for processing in Selkirk’s first factories…

This is a black and white photo of Lady Dufferin. She has her hair done up and is wearing a fancy button up dress, coat, and bow.

Dufferin Avenue

This street honours Lord Dufferin, Canada’s third Governor-General. It is on the Selkirk Town Plan of 1875. On August 17, 1877, Lord and Countess of Dufferin actually visited the town! The Governor-General and his wife were the highest ranking persons ever to visit the fledgling community. Their visit convinced her citizens that Selkirk was fated…

Headshot of Alexander Morris

Morris Avenue

Morris Avenue is named for Manitoba’s second Lieutenant-Governor, Alexander Morris. Morris was given a street name on the earliest plan of the town. Why? Because Morris changed the development pattern of Selkirk … and all of Western Canada. He also made it possible for hundreds of newcomers from Ontario to become wealthy in the west.…

Photo of the lumber yard that used to be on Superior Avenue in the 1900s.

Superior Avenue

Superior Avenue points eastward to Lake Superior from where the rail line from Eastern Canada was inching its way west in 1875. The next step would be the building of the rail bridge across the Red River!  Selkirk would become “the new Chicago”- the transportation hub of Western Canada (see map of proposed railway 1882).…

This is a black and white photo of a street with tall building on either side.

Manitoba Avenue

Manitoba was Canada’s fifth province and its first expansion into the west. Selkirk was one of the first new towns in this new province. With the prospects of becoming the transportation hub for western Canada, Selkirk was a town with unlimited potential. A street named “Manitoba” captured the feelings of enthusiasm and optimism about the…