Selkirk, Manitoba
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Selkirk, Manitoba


Selkirk is a city in the western Canadian province of Manitoba, located about 22 kilometres 14 mi northeast of the provincial capital Winnipeg on the Red River, near 50°08′37″N 96°53′02″W / 5014361°N 9688389°W / 5014361; -9688389 It has a population of 10,278 as of the 2016 census

The mainstays of the local economy are tourism, a steel mill, and a major psychiatric hospital A vertical lift bridge over the Red River connects Selkirk with the smaller town of East Selkirk The city is connected to Winnipeg via Highway 9 and is served by the Canadian Pacific Railway

The city was named in honour of Scotsman Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk, who obtained the grant to establish a colony in the Red River area in 1813

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Economy and tourism
  • 3 Sports
  • 4 Geography
    • 41 Climate
  • 5 Demographics
  • 6 See also
    • 61 Places
    • 62 People
      • 621 Sports
      • 622 Politicians
      • 623 Other
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

History

Landing of the Selkirk Settlers, Red River, 1812

The present-day city is near the centre of the 160,000 square mile 530,000 km2 area purchased by the Earl of Selkirk from the Hudson's Bay Company The first settlers of the Red River Colony arrived in 1813 Although the settlers negotiated a treaty with the Salteaux Indians of the area, the commercial rivalry between the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company gave rise to violent confrontations between the settlers and the trading companies In recognition of the Earl's importance in bringing settlers to the region, the town was named Selkirk and incorporated in 1882

Economy and tourism

The Keenora in the Manitoba Marine Museum

The Selkirk Mental Health Centre, the largest mental health facility in the province, is a major employer in the city The Centre's surroundings are a park-like campus on the outskirts of the city

Gerdau, owned by Gerdau SA of Porto Alegre, Brazil, operates a steel minimill in Selkirk This steel mill known locally as MRM or "The Manitoba Rolling Mills" is also a major employer

Chuck The Channel Cat

Selkirk is advertised as the Catfish Capital of the World, due to the large amounts of catfish in the nearby Red River This nickname was part of an advertising campaign to entice American anglers, who travel to Manitoba to fish for trophy-sized catfish Selkirk is also home to Chuck the Channel Cat, a fiberglass representation of a catfish that measures 25 feet 76 m long The name Chuck was chosen to honour local sport fisherman Chuck Norquay, who drowned while doing what he loved best — fishing in the Red River After Chuck was built in 1986, the town council decided to place Chuck in front of Smitty's Restaurant on Main Street

The Marine Museum of Manitoba, a collection of historical marine artifacts of Lake Winnipeg and the Red River area, is located in Selkirk Selkirk is also the site of a Canadian Coast Guard base

The Selkirk Fair and Rodeo is held annually to celebrate the area's agricultural history It celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2008

Selkirk has three community newspapers: The Interlake Enterprise, The Selkirk Record, and The Selkirk Journal

External video
Amphibious icebreaker in Selkirk
Greg Selinger about 3rd icebreaker

Amphibex excavator icebreakers were at work breaking up ice flows on the Red River in 2009 Ice breakers and backhoes were to be strategically placed along the Red River Floodway, which might have needed to be opened before the ice was fully melted Officials examined past ice jams and provided contingency plans if the Floodway jammed upstream of bridges or on tight corners

Sports

Selkirk is home to the Selkirk Steelers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, who play in the Selkirk Recreation Complex Selkirk is also home to the Selkirk Fishermen of the Keystone Junior Hockey League

Selkirk has hosted major events in conjunction with the city of Winnipeg, such as select games of the 2007 Women's World Ice Hockey Championships In 2009, Selkirk was host to the Telus Cup, Canada's national midget hockey championship, with the Winnipeg Thrashers as the host team The Notre Dame Hounds defeated the Calgary Buffaloes 4–0 in the gold medal game, which was broadcast live from Selkirk on TSN

Selkirk is also the home of the Selkirk Curling Club which has hosted numerous curling events, including the Masters Grand Slam of Curling in 2014, Canadian Junior Curling Championships in 1997 and the Viterra/Safeway Select Manitoba Men’s Provincial Curling Championships

Geography

Selkirk is located in the Interlake Region of Manitoba, about 22 km northeast of the provincial capital Winnipeg on the Red River A vertical lift bridge over the Red River connects Selkirk with the smaller town of East Selkirk The city mostly borders the Rural Municipality of St Andrews, except to the east, where it borders the Rural Municipality of St Clements across the Red River The terrain is extremely flat with fields of wheat and canola surrounding the city

Downtown Selkirk

Climate

Due to Selkirk's position on the edge of the Canadian Prairies, there is a moderate 5104 mm 201 inches of precipitation annually Selkirk has a climate with four very distinct seasons A general year will include warm sometimes hot summers, cold winters, and a comfortable spring and autumn Selkirk has recorded a temperature as high as 385 °C 1013 °F in June 1995 and a temperature as low as −456 °C −501 °F in February 1966 Selkirk has 21 days with snowfall per year, from about November sometimes as early as September or October to around April sometimes as late as May

General seasons

  • Winter: November to March
  • Spring: April to May
  • Summer: June to August
  • Autumn: September to October
Climate data for Selkirk, Manitoba 1971-2000 Data
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C °F 61
43
85
473
175
635
34
93
365
977
385
1013
361
97
38
100
375
995
28
82
222
72
9
48
385
1013
Average high °C °F −128
9
−84
169
−11
30
97
495
185
653
229
732
255
779
246
763
18
64
103
505
−12
298
−98
144
8
46
Daily mean °C °F −175
05
−133
81
−59
214
41
394
124
543
173
631
193
667
187
657
125
545
55
419
−49
232
−141
66
29
372
Average low °C °F −221
−78
−182
−08
−107
127
−15
293
62
432
116
529
141
574
128
55
7
45
07
333
−85
167
−185
−13
−23
279
Record low °C °F −411
−42
−456
−501
−333
−279
−239
−11
−10
14
−22
28
28
37
2
36
−67
199
−18
0
−35
−31
−378
−36
−456
−501
Average precipitation mm inches 16
063
113
0445
218
0858
26
102
566
2228
93
366
796
3134
745
2933
575
2264
356
1402
237
0933
147
0579
5104
20094
Source: Environment Canada

Demographics

Template:Metro Population 1981 20,034 — 1986 18,034 — 96%

|1996|9881 |2001|9752 |2006|9515 |2011|9834 |2016|10278 |footnote=}} Selkirk had a population of 9,834 people in 2011, which was an increase of 34% from the 2006 census count The median household income in 2005 for Selkirk was $42,502, which is below the Manitoba provincial average of $47,875

Canada 2006 Census Population  % of Total Population
Visible minority group
Source:
South Asian 30 6999300000000000000♠03%
Chinese 0 5000000000000000000♠0%
Black 55 6999600000000000000♠06%
Filipino 50 6999600000000000000♠06%
Latin American 15 6999200000000000000♠02%
Arab 0 5000000000000000000♠0%
Southeast Asian 15 6999200000000000000♠02%
West Asian 10 6999100000000000000♠01%
Korean 0 5000000000000000000♠0%
Japanese 0 5000000000000000000♠0%
Other visible minority 10 6999100000000000000♠01%
Mixed visible minority 0 5000000000000000000♠0%
Total visible minority population 200 7000220000000000000♠22%
Aboriginal group
Source:
First Nations 710 7000790000000000000♠79%
Métis 1,705 7001189009999900000♠189%
Inuit 0 5000000000000000000♠0%
Total Aboriginal population 2,460 7001273000000000000♠273%
European 6,350 7001705000000000000♠705%
Total population 9,010 100%

See also

Selkirk Park in February 2012 Gary Theatre

Places

  • Selkirk—Red River former federal electoral district
  • Selkirk Water Aerodrome
  • Selkirk Airport
  • Red River Trails
  • Fort Gibraltar fur-trading post destroyed by early Selkirk settlers
  • Fort Maurepas Canada fur trading post built 1734 near the present town

People

Sports

  • Terry Ball - hockey player
  • Rich Chernomaz - hockey player
  • Paul Goodman - hockey player
  • Alfie Michaud - hockey player goaltender
  • Andrew Murray - hockey player
  • Harry Oliver - hockey player
  • Bullet Joe Simpson - soldier, hockey player and coach who was flag bearer for Canada at 1932 Olympics
  • Jimmy Skinner - hockey coach
  • Neil Wilkinson - hockey player

Politicians

  • David Bjornson - Member of Parliament 1988-1993
  • Greg Dewar - Manitoba provincial politician
  • Ron Fewchuk - Member of Parliament 1993-1997
  • Ed Helwer - member of the Manitoba legislature 1988-2003
  • Hugh McFadyen - Manitoba politician, MLA
  • Howard Pawley - MLA Selkirk 1969-1988;Premier of Manitoba 1981-1988
  • Sam Uskiw - Manitoba politician, born in East Selkirk

Other

  • Trevor Boris - comedian
  • Robert Atkinson Davis - businessman and politician, supported running the railway through Winnipeg instead of Selkirk
  • The Farrell Bros - rockabilly music group
  • Kevin Patterson - doctor, writer, grew up in Selkirk
  • Ellen Reid - keyboard player for the Canadian rock band Crash Test Dummies
  • Michael Rowe - Canadian author and journalist, attended St John's Cathedral Boy's School in Selkirk 1977-1981
  • Sherisse Stevens - singer and entertainer
  • John Tanner - explorer, guide, worked for the Selkirk colony
  • Paul Thorlakson - soldier, surgeon, Order of Canada, co-founder of the Winnipeg Clinic

References

  1. ^ Population and Dwelling Count Highlight Tables, 2016 Census – Census subdivisions
  2. ^ City of selkirk Web site - History retrieved August 4, 2008 Archived August 21, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Selkirk Mental Health Centre - Province of Manitoba
  4. ^ History - Selkirk Fair and Rodeo
  5. ^ Ice Hammer Discovery Channel Accessed: 8 January 2011
  6. ^ Skerritt, Jen 2009-04-04 "Flood fight ramps up as Red's crest approaches" Winnipeg Press Retrieved 2009-04-06 
  7. ^ a b "Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000" Environment Canada Retrieved 24 January 2013 
  8. ^ "Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000" Environment Canada Retrieved 24 August 2012 
  9. ^ , Censuses 1871-1931
  10. ^ , Census 1941-1951
  11. ^ , Census 1961
  12. ^ "Selkirk, Manitoba - Detailed City Profile" Retrieved 2012-08-24 
  13. ^ , Community Profiles from the 2006 Census, Statistics Canada - Census Subdivision
  14. ^ , Aboriginal Peoples - Data table

External links

  • The Interlake Enterprise
  • The Selkirk Record
  • The Selkirk Journal
  • Selkirk & District Community Foundation website
  • The Selkirk Fire Department Website
  • The City of Selkirk website
  • Selkirk Gospel Chapel website
  • The Triple S Fair and Rodeo website
  • Map of Selkirk at Statcan


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