Central Plains Tourism Network

Close your eyes and hear the thunder of the buffalo hooves across this vast prairie; the pounding hooves of a fleeing white horse carrying young lovers from a midnight rendezvous; the creaking of the giant wheels of the Red River ox carts as families move west seeking new beginnings. These are a few of the “Echoes and Legends” of Manitoba’s Central Plains. Built on a wealth of history, the Central Plains region is rich in diversity. Build your own “Echoes and Legends” as you visit our communities.

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"Don't Miss" Attractions

Dairy Museum of Manitoba

Saint-Claude

The Dairy Museum of Manitoba features local and provincial dairying from early practices to modern processing. The Museum grounds include agricultural exhibits showing the growth of this industry. 2,000 bilingually catalogued artifacts which tell the story of Saint-Claude at the turn of the...

The Dairy Museum of Manitoba features local and provincial dairying from early practices to modern processing. The Museum grounds include agricultural exhibits showing the growth of this industry. 2,000 bilingually catalogued artifacts which tell the story of Saint-Claude at the turn of the century, and the Bell School Museum which depicts a typical county school from the pioneer days. Also featured is a Chapel containing religious artifacts from Saint-Claude’s two previous churches.

The creamery is owned and operated by Parmalat and it produces both butter and powdered milk.

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Fort la Reine Museum Manitoba Star Attraction

Portage la Prairie

Fort la Reine Museum, known for its replica of the Fort and its extensive Pioneer Village, is home of Sir William Van Horne’s railway business car. This is the car that acted as a mobile office and sleeping facility for Van Horne when he supervised the construction of the CPR...

Fort la Reine Museum, known for its replica of the Fort and its extensive Pioneer Village, is home of Sir William Van Horne’s railway business car. This is the car that acted as a mobile office and sleeping facility for Van Horne when he supervised the construction of the CPR railway—the railway that joined Canada from sea to sea, and fulfilled the terms of Confederation. Decisions in concert with the then Prime Minister Sir John A. MacDonald about the location of the railway, and therefore the pattern of settlement and growth of Canadian towns and cities, were made in this car. Next to it is Car #21, the Superintendent’s car. When the railway was completed, it became necessary to have some place in which the business of operating the railway could be carried on. This is one of two of only 22 Superintendent’s Cars ever built, to have survived.

The Museum also has  the largest indoor display of Allis-Chalmers equipment in the world.

Southport Building #12 houses an excellent Military Museum showcasing uniforms and artifacts from the Boer War to our present peacekeeping era.

Nearby is the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame.

As well, there are numerous other buildings, and thousands of artifacts.

Directions:
Hwy. 1A & hwy. 26

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Glass Bottle Buildings

Treherne

The glass bottle buildings (church, house, wishing well and outhouse) which were built on the Cain farm, have been relocated to a beautifully landscaped lot at the east end of Railway Avenue and Alexander Street. This eye-catching attraction of over 10,000 glass bottles is open for viewing...

The glass bottle buildings (church, house, wishing well and outhouse) which were built on the Cain farm, have been relocated to a beautifully landscaped lot at the east end of Railway Avenue and Alexander Street. This eye-catching attraction of over 10,000 glass bottles is open for viewing June through August. Special arrangements for spring and fall viewing may be made by calling ahead. Each winter the glass bottle buildings are illuminated in the spirit of the holidays, making it quite a festive winter attraction!

Phone:
204-723-2774

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Manitoba Agricultural Museum Manitoba Star Attraction

Austin

The museum is a participant in the Cinnamon Bun Trail. Enjoy a "taste of history"—clay oven-baked cinnamon buns—on your visit to the Museum when you attend Senior's Day or the Threshermen’s Reunion. The oven can quickly bake large quantities for a crowd and adds a great, unique flavour, but it operates only on these special occasions.

The museum is a participant in the Cinnamon Bun Trail. Enjoy a "taste of history"—clay oven-baked cinnamon buns—on your visit to the Museum when you attend Senior's Day or the Threshermen’s Reunion. The oven can quickly bake large quantities for a crowd and adds a great, unique flavour, but it operates only on these special occasions.

Directions:
3 km (2 miles) south of the junction of Trans-Canada Highway 1 and PTH34.

Admission:
Admission charged.

Phone:
204-637-2354

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