Selkirk Hike & Lunch

Our hike will follow the Red River, the heart and soul of this community, and where Selkirk’s maritime heritage is much in evidence.  We’ll pass by the Slough, Manitoba’s largest inland port, and a fine display of former lake vessels at the Selkirk Marine Museum - all prime attractions.Then we'll follow park trails through towering river bottom forest and along quiet tree-lined streets past the homes of Selkirk's earliest citizens. We'll stop at the 3/4 point along our route for lunch at the Selkirk Golf & Country Club.

hike distance - 8 km

Cost: Event fee is $5. Prairie Pathfinder club members i.e. members who have paid the $25. annual walking club membership fee, pay $5. (Non-club members pay $15.) Cost of lunch is $8.95 +tx Note - These are two separate costs - $5 or $15* for the hike. This will be collected at the trail head at the beginning of the hike AND $8.95 + tx for the lunch (pay at the restaurant)

some history - Political decisions have, throughout the ages, denied Selkirk its rightful place of pre-eminence in Manitoba. It was certainly blessed with the most advantageous site for a community on the Red River, with high banks that defend its residents against even the most devastating floods. It had two excellent natural harbours, rich farmlands surrounding and deep water navigation to Lake Winnipeg’s natural resources and the Hudson’s Bay route.
In the 1870s, Selkirk was about to become the Inter-Ocean Centre of Canada. It just needed the transcontinental rail line to come through where speculated.  A furious battle raged over whether the railway bridge should be built at Selkirk, as originally anticipated, or at Winnipeg, as the Minister of Railways seemed to favour. Of course, the Winnipeg newspapers and its residents clamoured for the southern crossing but Sir Sandford Fleming, CPR’s chief engineer, strongly favoured Selkirk. In the end, government ministers overruled engineers and Winnipeg, that muddy, low-lying, flood prone settlement, was awarded the line. The dubious motives behind that decision cause some resentment to this day.

After our hike, we invite you to join the group for lunch at the Selkirk Golf & Country Club (located on our route). Our lunch special will consist of soup, salad, sandwich and beverage for $8.95. + tax

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  • Garnet W.

    Great pictures Jin. Saw you scampering around composing pictures during the walk. Good use of the capabilities of your lens to achieve interesting shots.

    1 · May 26, 2013

    • Jin

      Thank you Garnet. I was practicing. I still don't know how to use it properly. You took nice pictures, I like them.:)

      May 27, 2013

  • Anne B.

    It was excellent as usual!!! Many new and interesting scenes that I had never seen!! These "treasures" are made possible by the prairie Pathfinders Leaders!!!!! thank you!!!

    May 25, 2013

  • Helen W.

    Thank you Wendy and Leone. Another great day and Wendy's weather too.

    May 25, 2013

  • Carole C.

    Great weather for hiking and really good food; I even got to go shopping in Selkirk with my own personal driver :-) ( thanks Margaret) and left some more money in Selkirk :-)

    May 25, 2013

  • Keith L.

    Very nice hike, and lunch break a great idea. With the Snowbirds overhead, what a pleasant surprise to start the morning. Enjoyed it all.

    May 25, 2013

  • liz m.

    Fresh! Tasty soups, great selection....BUT no dessert?? Just kidding, didn't need dessert!

    May 25, 2013

  • LOUISE L.

    I will hike but I will not be staying for lunch

    May 24, 2013

  • marg.Kentner

    hey, I am here-just lazy at the moment. Love everything about the pathfinders.

    May 24, 2013

  • Clarice O.

    Hi everyone, I am bringing a guest who wishes to become a member.
    Looking fwd to a great hike.

    May 23, 2013

  • Carole C.

    Looking forward to it. I lived in Selkirk when we first came to Canada for 3 years; lots' of good memories :-)

    May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am looking forward to this outing as a new member of the group

    May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, can't make it,

    May 22, 2013

  • Alycia

    Hi everyone. I will be bringing a guest. Looking forward to the Hike!

    May 21, 2013

  • Alycia

    Hi everyone. I will be bringing a guest. Looking forward to the Hike!

    May 21, 2013

  • Diane I

    Wendy, my apologies. I will not be able to attend this walk as I've double booked myself & prepaid the other.

    May 16, 2013

  • Anne B.

    I am going with Doreen Cradock and friends, I think

    May 12, 2013

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