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Melita, Manitoba

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Melita is a town located in the southwestern corner of the Canadian province of Manitoba It is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Arthur and occupies a bend of the Souris River The population at the 2016 census was 1,042 It sits at the junction of Highways 3 and 83, approx 320 km southwest of Winnipeg Melita is known as the "Grasslands Bird Capital of Manitoba" and is located in Manitoba's banana belt


  • 1 History
  • 2 Notable people
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Evidence of First Nations habitation in the area includes the Linear Mounds Archaeological Site and the Brockinton Archaeological Site, which have provided artifacts dating back to 800 AD The site has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada

Charles West was the first recorded European settler, in 1879 The early inhabitants chose the name "Melita" for the town after hearing a Bible reading Acts 28:1 about St Paul's shipwreck on the island of Malta Melita is an older name for the island

Notable people

Betty Fox, cancer research activist and mother of Terry Fox, was raised in Melita

See also

  • Melita Airport


  1. ^ "Melita, Town" Census Profile Statistics Canada 
  2. ^ "Bird Watching" Town of Melita Retrieved 15 January 2013 
  3. ^ "Historical Interest" Town of Melita Retrieved 15 January 2013 
  4. ^ Linear Mounds Canadian Register of Historic Places Retrieved 23 May 2012
  5. ^ "Our First Century", Melita-Arthur History Committee, 1983
  6. ^ Ham, Penny 1980 Place Names of Manitoba Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Western Producer Prairie Books p 83 ISBN 9780888330673 
  7. ^ Martin, Sandra 2011-06-18 "Betty Fox, cancer-advocacy champion and mother of Terry Fox, dies" Globe and Mail Retrieved 2011-06-27 

External links

  • Official Web site of the town of Melita
  • Melita, Manitoba: Our Heritage
  • Map of Melita at Statcan
  • Statistics Canada - Community Profile - Melita

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