Recent Years 1980-Present


Bill Shead was elected Mayor and served until 1983


The Selkirk Fair and Rodeo was renamed to the ‘Triple S Fair and Rodeo’ 


This is a photo of the Selkirk Community Library from 1982. It in a strip mall building with multiple cars parked along the street.

After two decades without a public library, the Selkirk Community Library opened


Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) visited Selkirk


The Selkirk Fire Department celebrates their Centennial 


Bud Oliver, Selkirk’s longest serving mayor was elected (1984-2002)


Famous fiddler, Mel Bedard‘s first album was released, where he was the first man to use Métis on a record sleeve


The Old Post Office was repaired.  A group dedicated to both the arts and protecting the historic building, moved in making it a centre for community arts


Chuck Norquay wins a feature on the well-known American television producer Babe Winkelman’s show Good Fishing. This led to Selkirk earning the title “Catfish Capital of North America” 


Chuck the Channel Cat statue was erected


A major blizzard hit Selkirk with winds up to 70 kms/h and dropping 35.2 centimeters of snow


The first French Immersion program in Selkirk was introduced


The Selkirk Community Library opened at 303 Main Street


The Selkirk Friendship Centre officially opens their new expansion


The Selkirk Recreation Complex was completed

July 14, 1991

Little Lake Park was officially opened and Mayor Bud Oliver unveiled a marker recognizing Little Lake as an Ecologically Significant Area


The School of Psychiatric Nursing Closes. Following its close, the program developed into a four-year Bachelor degree through the University of Brandon. The quality of nurses who graduated from the program at Selkirk were comparable to none.


The Gordon Howard Senior Centre moved to the present location on Eveline Street


The Selkirk & District Community Foundation was incorporated


A devastating blizzard hit the Red River Valley April 5 & 6. Up to 50 cm of snow was left in its path

Severe flooding in the Red River Valley throughout April and May, became known as the “Flood of the Century”. Military personal were housed at the Recreation Complex to defend against the water


Selkirk received City status


The Forensic Unit was completed at the Selkirk Mental Health Centre. It is vital for the care and treatment of patients not deemed criminally responsible


The Selkirk Water Tower got a paint job with blue and red stripes


The old Post Office was put up for tax sale. Once again, volunteers and the City of Selkirk saved it


Selkirk hosted the World Junior Hockey Championship the winter of 1998-1999. A record was set for World Junior event ticket sales


The grain elevator was closed by Agricore and was later demolished in 2002


Selkirk was one of four communities to host the Western Canada Summer Games


The Selkirk wharf area was transformed into the Selkirk Waterfront


Gilbart Funeral Home appeared in the Oscar winning film, Capote


Manitoba’s first Amphibex is purchased by the North Red Community Water Maintenance Inc., a corporation formed by the City of Selkirk and the rural municipalities of St. Andrews and St. Clements


The Selkirk Steelers won the Anavent Cup in game 7 with 4 overtime periods to go to the RBC Cup (National JR. A Championship)


The Tyndall Building opens at the Selkirk Mental Health Centre and a new Acquired Brain Injury program is started. This building also facilitated the closing of the Infirmary unit for the care and treatment of psycho geriatric patients.


The Red River Valley was experiencing record breaking flooding


The Olympic torch relay arrived in Selkirk

May 30, 2011

This is a photo of CAO Duane Nicole cutting a green ribbon with "Selkirk Transit" spelled across the front. Duane Nicole is alongside local NDP leader Greg Dewar, and Mayor Larry Johannson. They are all dressed nicely in suits, in front of a city of selkirk transit bus.

Selkirk Transit was founded


Cover of the document featuring the City of Selkirk logo

Town Council approved the “Capturing our Shared Heritage” vision paper on the creation of a municipal museum for the City of Selkirk


Selkirk City Council established the Selkirk Heritage Endowment Fund (SHEF) to create a strong and sustainable base of funding to support a future municipal museum for the City of Selkirk


The Gaynor Family Regional Library opened


Gilbart Funeral Home underwent the largest expansion yet, with the construction of a 200-person reception hall. The addition increased the total building capacity to 700 people


Murray Sinclair was appointed to the Senate of Canada

June 20, 2017

Murray Sinclair Park was officially named in recognition of Senator Sinclair’s leadership


The Selkirk Regional Health Centre was completed


The Selkirk Museum website is launched


The City of Selkirk purchased 326.5 acres of land on the west side of the city


Firemen and Council cutting a ribbon in front of the fire hall marking the grand opening

The fire hall was expanded to accommodate the growing fleet for the growing City


The B-Unit at Selkirk Mental Health Centre is demolished