People in Selkirk park sitting at a picnic table.

Parks in Selkirk

Did you know that Red Feather Farm housed a military battalion?  Or that streetcars from Winnipeg brought visitors to Selkirk Park for summer outings?  Now you can uncover the history of the City of Selkirk’s vibrant parks, virtually!

 

Path that one can walk on through Little Lake park.

Little Lake

East End of Dorchester Avenue Little Lake Park was officially opened in 1991, but its roots date back to a much earlier greenspace called Daerwood Park. Located near the southern boundary of the former St. Peter’s Reserve, this land was going to be the site of a summer cottage subdivision, planned in the early 1900s…

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Playground at Murray-Sinclair park.

Murray Sinclair Park

301 Queen Avenue Murray Sinclair Park was one of a pair of playgrounds built by the Kinsmen Club of Selkirk in the mid-1950s. It was part of a national Kinsmen program to provide improved play opportunities for the new wave of children born immediately after the war. Kinsmen South Playground on Main Street at Dorchester…

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The Selkirk Park banner showing people on the shoreline of Selkirk Park watching boats pass by on the water

Selkirk Park

486 Eveline StOn the morning of July 1, 1905, 1,200 members of the International Order of Oddfellows left Winnipeg for Selkirk aboard steam trains operated by the Winnipeg Selkirk and Lake Winnipeg Railway (WS & LW). They were greeted by Selkirk’s Oddfellows before walking a couple of kilometres to what was formerly Red River Park…

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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…

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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’…

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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…

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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…

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