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Heritage Sites & Museums

Shoal Lake Mounted Police Museum

Shoal Lake is the home to one of the longest servicing police detachments in Canada and hosts Manitoba's official museum honoring the North West Mounted Police. Built in 1984 in Lakeview Park, the museum is a replica of the NWMP barracks established at the south end of Shoal Lake in 1875. It also houses the tourist information centre. Open July and August Wednesday to Sunday. For museum information or to book a tour, please call 204-759-2826 or 204-365-6305.

Prairie Mountain Regional Museum

The Prairie Mountain Regional Museum is a new heritage destination being developed along the TransCanada Yellowhead Highway #16 as a joint venture between Shoal Lake and Strathclair. It displays a large collection of fully restored horse-drawn vehicles and related exhibits. The PMRM is creating a heritage rural setting to compliment the main facility and increase interpretive opportunities.

Shoal Lake Agricultural Society Fair

This is held every third Wednesday in July, catering to the entire family. Start your day with a free pancake breakfast, then go and watch our parade, then off to the fair. The heavy, light horse and cattle competitions start early and run all day. See the heavy horses pulling carts or cheer on the young equestrians. We offer an excellent hot lunch after which you can view the Home Living section featuring displays of Horticulture, Sewing, Quilting, Canning, Baking, Junior crafts & artwork & garden produce. In the area there is entertainment for both adults and children as well as inflatable structures, and a children's game corner. Outside you will find a variety of new agricultural machines for viewing as well as other activities!

Mass Grave and Monument

A monument here marks the location where, in 1899, forty five Ukrainian immigrants, forty two of them children, succumbed to scarlet fever. Most of them were buried at the site. The monument was erected in 1991 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada. The monument is located north of Shoal Lake just off Highway #21 (North of Oakburn).


When the Ukrainian settlers arrived in 1899, their first homes were small tent shaped pole structures covered with straw, known as buddas. Michael Swistun, who was born in a budda in 1990, later constructed two buddas on the original site next to the settlement trail and donated them with 80 acres of land to the Town of Rossburn. The Buddas are located north of Shoal Lake on PR 566.

Strathclair Museum
The Strathclair Museum situated on Main Street in Strathclair, was originally the CP Rail Station. The museum houses a myriad of the lives and times of the local pioneer. St. Georges Anglican Church and a replica blacksmith shop is also on site.
Contacts for the Strathclair Museum: 
David Gamey - 204-365-5350
Verna Martin - 204-365-2591