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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 begin and end our hike at the Selkirk Golf & Country Club. Your registration will reserve a seat for you at a 'set price' buffet lunch.

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 will be approx $10.

- 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 $10 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.

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  • Carole C.

    Was a great day, great hike and great food, what more could we ask.
    Thanks fto our earless leaders :-)

    May 28, 2014

  • RUBY D.

    liked it. . .sorry, I had to cut out early

    May 28, 2014

  • ann k.

    Hot but excellent..I enjoyed the moment.Thank you to Wendy and Leone.

    May 25, 2014

  • Peggy L.

    Enjoyed the walk - would have liked a little more history about the walk but very enjoyable. Thank you

    May 24, 2014

  • Sandra S.

    Thank you Wendy and Leone for a great walk! And for arranging for a fabulous lunch with a fabulous view. And I don't know how you did it, but you arranged for a hot, sunny day with no mosquitoes!

    May 24, 2014

  • Lana H.

    My first hike so had to wimp out partway through from humidity and heat, but I will be back!

    May 24, 2014

  • Anne B.

    The hike was excellent as usual!!! And the lunch was perfect . Thanks to Wendy and Leone. You truly a wonderful leaders. Anne BlIair

    May 24, 2014

  • liz m.

    we spoke on the way home how amazing it is that Wendy and Leone etc. have done such an outstanding job at arranging excellent hikes and places to eat for so many years..we couldn't do it without you..thank you thank you

    May 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We will not be going

    May 24, 2014

  • Shirley S.

    This is a beautiful hike and we are going to be doing
    It on a warm (28 deg) sunny day how great is that!!
    Good hike, good company, good food - great way to
    Start summer cuz looks like were moving frm winter
    Right to summer.

    May 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not able to go, sorry.

    May 22, 2014

  • Linda H.

    Really wanted to go to this one, just not going to work out again. Looks like a nice walk. Next year hopefully

    May 11, 2014

  • Sandra S.

    Looking forward to this one.

    March 20, 2014

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