Town History
Once the home of noted author and activist Nellie McClung, Manitou possesses a unique history.
Because of the change in route of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1881, the entire town - originally known as Manitoba City - was moved to a new site and renamed Manitou. During that winter, teams of horses relocated homes, stores, hotels, churches and the school. Manitou soon became the center of a thriving agricultural area.
Situated in the Rural Municipality of Pembina, Manitou is surrounded by fertile farmland. Wooded areas are home to deer, moose, and small mammals while several bodies of water provide sanctuary to a variety of waterfowl.
As a caring community where nearly everyone knows one another, Manitou offers a secure, friendly environment for children, the elderly and the disabled.
The town's rural lifestyle blends with modern conveniences including grocery, hardware and variety stores, a bakery, pharmacy, lumberyard, banking institutions, educational facilities, service stations, farm implement dealerships, restaurants, a motel, and a variety of churches.
Shaded picnic areas, and serviced camping facilities are available in Manitou Centennial Park. A licensed nine-hole golf course, kiddie's playground and a new swimming pool complex are nearby. Winter brings lots of activity to the multi-purpose arena, curling rink and to groomed snowmobile trails.
Read on to learn more about the birth of our great town and some of the colourful characters who have helped to shape it.

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