Early Years – Lac du Bonnet

Early Years – Lac du Bonnet The Winnipeg River and its tributaries were used by the Indigenous peoples long before European contact, with encampments located in various locations along its banks. With the fur trade monopoly, the two rival trading companies, North West and Hudson’s Bay, paddled their canoe brigades along the Winnipeg River on … [Read more…]

Flags of our Nations

Flags of our Nation In 1967, to celebrate the Canadian Centennial, local members of the 4H Busy Bees and Beavers of the Boy Scouts of Canada chose to do a flag review for their Achievement Night. The children traced their ancestry back to their “roots” when their ancestors emigrated to Canada to seek a better … [Read more…]

Early Aviation History

by Gord Emberley CM (April 13, 2013) The first recorded use of Lac du Bonnet as a base of operations for an aircraft is July of 1922 when the Canadian Air Force (pre RCAF 1924) was doing survey work in the area. Western Canada Airways followed in 1926 and the RCAF in 1927. In 1924 … [Read more…]

Canadian Vickers Vedette

Monument Takes Flight The monument was made a reality and was mounted on site August 15, 2013. The sculpture is located on the edge of Town at the former Laker’s Ski Club property.     Constructing the Vedette   Remembering the Vedette Airplane replica to be placed at La Verendrye boat launch By Marc Zienkiewicz … [Read more…]

Jim Uhlman – Pilot

Jim Uhlman – Pilot Making Aviation History First Arctic Coast flight made by Lac du Bonnet man Provided By Marc Zienkiewicz (Spring 2009 – Experience Lac du Bonnet) Lac du Bonnet certainly has a colourful history when it comes to aviation, being the site of the first airmail delivery flight in Canada, not to mention … [Read more…]

Paul Piel Dow – Inventor

Paul Piel Dow – Inventor Paul Piel Dow was born and educated in Gibson, New Brunswick. He became a highly skilled telegrapher though he had no formal training in the electrical or radio field. In 1928-29, while working with the late James A Richardson of Winnipeg, he pioneered the use of short-wave radio for intercity … [Read more…]

Ylitalo Log House

Ylitalo Log House The building came to the attention of the Lac du Bonnet Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee in 2006 when one of our members recognized the possible historic importance of its construction. On further investigation by the Restoration Grants Technologist of the Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism it was recommended that “due to … [Read more…]

Riverland School

Riverland School The Riverland School, located on Riverland road, was built in 1924, to meet the educational needs of the children in the expanding Riverland district. School age children, mostly from Swedish families, had attended a one room school at School Point. This small log structure had met the educational needs since 1910 but, after … [Read more…]

First Registered Homestead

Cairn Erected in Honour of W. D. HALLIDAY Lac du Bonnet’s first registered homestead. Mr. W. D. Halliday in 1900, at the age of 26, canoed down the Whitemouth and Winnipeg rivers and claimed the land upon which this cairn is situated. He filed the first homestead in Lac du Bonnet. This land he passed … [Read more…]

RCAF Station Lac du Bonnet / Lac du Bonnet Airport

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) was founded on April 1, 1924, partially to meet the increased demand for civil air services, particularly forest fire patrols, in western Canada. In 1926, #1 Wing of the RCAF in Winnipeg moved its main operations from Victoria Beach to Lac du Bonnet. One building was moved onto the … [Read more…]


Family History: Father: Isadore Lecaille Sr. and wife Charlotte Parreau.( Father of Isadore Lecaille JR.) Born: Likely immigrated with his family from Brittney region of France to Montreal, Canada. Moved to Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, USA, where he worked for the Minnesota Fur Co. Occupation: Voyager. Isadore Lecaille Jr. (LeCoy) Born: 17 September, 1851. Place: … [Read more…]

Why we are here? Winnipeg Hydro

The Pinawa Generating Station was opened and started transmitting electrical power to the city of Winnipeg in 1906. It was Manitoba’s first year-round Hydro generating plant and marked the beginning of hydro-electric development on the Winnipeg River. Construction of the plant began in April 1903 after the Winnipeg General Power Company obtained a perpetual lease … [Read more…]

St. Mary Polish Church Cemetary – Circa 1912

In the year 2000 the Lac du Bonnet Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee was made aware of a lone grave located one half mile north of PTH 317 on Sikora Road. Investigations revealed the possibility that more graves were in the area. The Lac du Bonnet Municipal council placed a caveat on the property and a … [Read more…]

Sgt. R. H. Nicholson – R.C.M.P.

Sgt. R. H. Nicholson – R.C.M.P. R.C.M.P. Annual Report, 1928 (excerpt) “On December 31, 1928, Sgt. R. H. Nicholson, in charge of the Lac du Bonnet detachment, was shot and mortally wounded while raiding an illicit still, thereby adding one more to the list of members of the Force who have fallen in the discharge … [Read more…]

WALTER WARDROP SR. April 12, 1854 – 1942

WALTER WARDROP SR. April 12, 1854 – 1942 Entrepreneur: Walter Wardrop Sr. was born on August 27, 1854 in Paris, Ontario, the son of John Wardrop, a Cotton (hand loom) weaver and wife Janet Barr. His mother died when he was three weeks old and he was raised by his grandmother, Mary Wardrop, in Port … [Read more…]

Inter-West Fuel and Peat Co. 1907 – 1908

In 1907 a group of “local capitalists” built a peat processing plant 4.83 kilometers (3 miles) south west of Lac du Bonnet on the previously operated Canadian Pacific Railway Branch Line that connected Lac du Bonnet to the main line at Molson, Manitoba. At this location the Inter-West Peat and Fuel Company had been operating … [Read more…]


The railway arrived in Lac du Bonnet in June 1901, bringing with it the entrepreneurial talents of John Duncan McArthur who developed a sawmill located on land that became part of the Lac du Bonnet townsite. The Canadian Pacific Railway connection with Winnipeg made the development of these industries possible and McArthur was able to … [Read more…]

Dr. W. J. Wood – Doctor

Dr. W. J. Wood – Doctor Few people became ill in those days; they simply didn’t dare to. With no resident doctor, dentist or nurse anyone who took sick had to wait at least an hour for Dr. W. J. Wood from Lac du Bonnet.

Locomotive #2 – Pointe du Bois Tramway

Railroads have played a major part in the history of Lac du Bonnet since the turn of the twentieth century and one of particular interest is the line that was constructed between Lac du Bonnet and the hydro electric site at Pointe du Bois, located on the Winnipeg River. Competition between the many companies offering … [Read more…]