This is a banner of the top of the old Selkirk water tower, with blue banner ribbons along the sides.

Selkirk Water Tower

In September of 1906, Selkirk ratepayers voted in favour of allowing its municipal government to borrow up to $150,000 to install a waterworks and sewer system for the town. The waterworks would distribute a pressurized, filtered water supply to a network of businesses, homes, and fire hydrants. Prior to this, residents relied on their own…

Selkirk Arena

The Alexandra Rink Selkirk’s first indoor arena was established in 1907.  John W. Jones purchased the outdoor rink used by the Selkirk Skating Club on Fox Avenue near Main Street. Over it, he constructed what one account describes as a “concave-shaped, tin-covered monster” and christened it ‘Alexandra’, after his daughter. In its heyday of the…

Little Lake

Little Lake Park East end of Dorchester Avenue, R1A 02K Size: 44 acres (approx.) Little Lake Park was officially opened in 1991, but its roots date back to a much earlier greenspace called Daerwood Park. The first mention of Daerwood Park comes in the recollections of Mabel Vogen of the Selkirk Enterprise. In a 1954…

Murray Sinclair Park

Murray Sinclair Park 301 Queen Ave 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…

Selkirk Park

Selkirk Park486 Eveline St 100 acres (approx) Beginnings 1905-1911 On 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…

Red Feather Farm

Red Feather Farm Memorial Park 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…

Veterans Memorial Gardens

Veterans Memorial Gardens 314 Eveline Street at Britannia 2.6 Acres (approx.) The Beginning 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.…

Penwarden Park

Penwarden Park 600 block of Moody Avenue 2.5 acres (approx) 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…

Queen’s Park

Queen’s Park 304 Eveline Street 1 acre (approx.) 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 International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF)…