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Birtle, Manitoba

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Birtle is an unincorporated urban community in the Prairie View Municipality within the Canadian province of Manitoba that held town status prior to January 1, 2015 It is located at the junction of Highways 83 and 42

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
    • 21 Climate
  • 3 Facilities and tourism
  • 4 Economy
  • 5 Demographics
  • 6 Notable people
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

History

Originally incorporated in 1884, the community lies in the Birdtail River valley It features a spacious community park developed in the early years of the community with additions through the years to bring it to the current time where the original golf course designed to take advantage of the valley contours now enjoys the modern amenities and the tennis courts still located in the original location now feature modern plexipave surfaces and are some of the best in western Manitoba

Another attraction is the Birdtail Country Museum, housed in an historic stone building on Main Street The building was built in the early 1900s to be used as the Union Bank Later it was purchased by the Royal Bank of Canada The main floor was the bank premises The second floor was the bank manager's living-quarters

In 1983, the building was purchased by the former town and the former Rural Municipality of Birtle It officially opened as the Birdtail Country Museum on May 24, 1984, as a joint centennial project of the former town and former rural municipality Inside are more than 4,000 artifacts related to the area, including such historical items such as the diaries of original settlers Alfred Morton's, from 1878, button hooks for ladies' boots, and ice-saws and ice-tongs used for harvesting ice from the Birdtail River in the winter The Museum houses the trophies awarded to Samuel Larcombe, one of the early settlers of Birtle In 1917, Larcombe, the "World Wheat King", developed a variety of rust-resistant wheat The second floor of the Museum is set up to resemble a Victorian home People often come to the Museum to do genealogy research through the microfilm reader, which contains every edition of the Birtle 'Eye Witness' newspaper, dating back to 1891 Local history books for the community and surrounding districts provide additional sources of information

A Heritage Walking Tour describes the history of many of the buildings and sites in the community

Geography

The Birdtail River is smaller slow flowing river dammed just above the Birtle Park, creating a small lake suitable for canoeing, kayaking and fishing The Birdtail flows into the Assiniboine just a few miles south of Birtle A 15-minute drive west the Qu'Apelle River flows into the Assiniboine Many tributaries, ravines and valleys make this a very scenic region with ample habitat for a variety of wildlife and a popular area for birders Fertile agricultural fields surround the community in all directions

Climate

Summers are warm, with a mean temperature of 179 °C 642 °F in July Winter are long and cold, with a mean temperature of −183 °C −09 °F in January

Climate data for Birtle
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C °F 78
46
13
55
19
66
34
93
365
977
406
1051
40
104
383
1009
372
99
325
905
189
66
133
559
306
871
Average high °C °F −131
84
−91
156
−15
293
92
486
184
651
223
721
245
761
24
75
175
635
10
50
−2
28
−108
126
74
453
Daily mean °C °F −183
−09
−144
61
−67
199
31
376
114
525
157
603
179
642
17
63
11
52
41
394
−65
203
−156
39
16
349
Average low °C °F −233
−99
−196
−33
−12
10
−3
27
43
397
91
484
112
522
10
50
45
401
−18
288
−11
12
−202
−44
−43
243
Record low °C °F −456
−501
−445
−481
−456
−501
−289
−20
−135
77
−61
21
−44
241
−4
25
−128
9
−267
−161
−38
−36
−43
−45
−456
−501
Average precipitation mm inches 205
0807
153
0602
216
085
27
106
488
1921
851
335
708
2787
653
2571
507
1996
287
113
199
0783
194
0764
4731
18626
Source: Environment Canada

Facilities and tourism

The local high school grades 7 to 12, Birtle Collegiate Institute, draws students from surrounding communities In addition to regular academic classes, the school offers a construction technology program and in 2014-15 offered an opportunity to receive both a highschool diploma and a health care aide certificate The elementary school houses Kindergarten to grade 6 classes and houses the Park West School Division offices

The feature outdoor community recreation development is the Birtle Riverside Park where many amenities are found in one location These include a golf course, licensed clubhouse restaurant, tennis courts, serviced campground, picnic area, tennis courts, a large playground and the Birtle beach - a sand bottom chlorinated swimming area alongside but separate from the river There are many other recreation facilities in the community that include a skating arena and curling rink both with artificial ice, a 24/7 fitness centre, baseball and soccer leagues, and trails for cross country skiing and snowmobile trails linked to the Snowtraxx and Snowman routes across the province

An attraction for tourists and locals is a costume barn, Whooo's That where visitors can peruse thousands of theme and period costumes or opt for a photo shoot in period dress

The area has become known for its community of gardeners National Communities in Bloom titles were won in 2000 and 2001 A biannual Gallery in the Garden event features art displayed in private and community gardens Some private gardens are also available to be viewed throughout the summer season Some are part of the Gardens of Western Manitoba seasonal self-guided tour

Also see the museum and heritage self-guided tour under "history"

Economy

The main industries of the area are agriculture and livestock: cattle and hogs primarily, and to a lesser extent sheep, goats, dairy cows, etc The climate and soil are best suited for hard grains such as wheat, rye and barley, but canola also thrives Crops are sown in spring May and harvested at the end of summer August/September

The potash mine located 50 km away just inside the Saskatchewan border provides employment for many people in the area This has become more prominent since a large expansion of the industry which began in 2009 The Birdtail Oilfield has also offered a boost to the economy with revenue from oil rights as well and supporting industries More aggressive drilling began taking place in 2010

Demographics

Most residents are multi-generation Canadians, mainly descended from Europe, with pockets of Ukrainian Canadians and French About 10 km 62 mi south of the community is Birdtail Sioux First Nation, home to 315 people 2001 Census English is the primary language of Birtle and surrounding area, except for St Lazare, a vibrant French-speaking community about 20 km 124 mi to the west

Notable people

  • Birthplace of former NHL player Bill Derlago
  • Birthplace of former NHL goaltender and coach Ron Low
  • Hometown of former National Hockey League player Rick Berry

References

  1. ^ The Birdtail Museum
  2. ^ Environment Canada - Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000—Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 7 April 2011
  • Manitoba Municipal Profiles a pdf
  • Samuel Larcombe

External links

  • Former Town of Birtle website
  • Map of Birtle at Statcan
  • https://wwwfacebookcom/birtlemb
  • https://wwwfacebookcom/BirtleRiversideParkAndCampground

Coordinates: 50°25′21″N 101°02′51″W / 5042250°N 10104750°W / 5042250; -10104750

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