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Benito, Manitoba

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Benito is an unincorporated urban community in the Municipality of Swan Valley West within the Canadian province of Manitoba that held village status prior to January 1, 2015 The community is situated in the Swan River Valley, 37 kilometres southwest of Swan River, 475 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, and 2 kilometres east of the Saskatchewan border To the south is Duck Mountain Provincial Park and Forest, to the north is Thunder Hill and further north of Swan River is Porcupine Mountain Provincial Park Benito is served by PTH 83

People from Eastern Canada, England, and Europe first settled Benito around the beginning of the 20th century In 1905, the Canadian National Railway went through, and Benito slowly grew and was incorporated as a village in 1941

The economic base of the region is agriculture and logging

Benito is home to a branch of the North-West Regional Library of nearby Swan River Founded in 1965, today the North-West Regional Library Benito Branch provides over 14,000 books, DVDs, puzzles and other items accessible to the public as well as many other services

On April 1, 2013, Benito was featured in an April Fool's Day joke across the Province of Manitoba The CJ Radio Network announced that as part of a protest against forced municipal amalgamation, Benito had joined Saskatchewan Staff at the former village office went along with the prank and informed callers that they were indeed now known as Benito, Saskatchewan instead of Benito, Manitoba


  • 1 Notable people
  • 2 Thunder Hill
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Notable people

  • Ed Werenich, world champion curler, known as "The Wrench",
  • William Allister, painter and author

Thunder Hill

Thunder Hill is a small hill inside the Swan Valley which is between the Duck Mountains and the Porcupine Forests on the border of Saskatchewan and Manitoba Legend has it that the hill used to rumble, hence its name Thunder Hill The last recorded rumble was in 1969 It is also the site of Thunderhill Ski Area


  1. ^ http://wwwbenitolibraryca/
  2. ^ http://wwwcj104radiocom/news/cjn9200_10859_DNS1_01html
  3. ^ "Library Celebrates Art Collection Valued at Nearly $160,000" PDF Fraser Valley Regional Library May 25, 2013 

External links

  • Official website
  • Map of Benito at Statcan
  • North-West Regional Library Benito Branch

Coordinates: 51°54′50″N 101°32′54″W / 5191389°N 10154833°W / 5191389; -10154833

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