picture of the original Selkirk water tower from 1913.

Selkirk Water Tower

In The Beginning 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…

A banner of a yellow house with red doors and tree in front of it, with blue banner stripes on the sides.

202 Christie Avenue

Early Days The lonely and seemingly out of place house at 202 Christie Avenue — slated for demolition in 2020 — was home to the same family for a century. Frederick (Fred) Charles Barnard was born in England in 1883 and moved to Selkirk around 1908. Annie Harris Wilson was born in Canterbury, England and…

Playground at Murray-Sinclair park.

Murray Sinclair Park

Murray Sinclair Park 301 Queen Ave The Park’s Purpose 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…

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

Red Feather Farm

Red Feather Farm Memorial Park 163 Edstan Place The Farm’s Beginning 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…

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…