This 10,000 population town is named for Thomas Douglas the Fifth Earl of Selkirk, the Scottish founder of the Red River Settlement in the southern Red River valley. His settlement was the communication and supply base for more isolated settlements to the north, including Winnipeg. The city is now the economic and social hub of the “Interlake” region. The waterfront between Eaton and Queen streets celebrates the town’s maritime history.
Annual events include the Festival on the Red (early February), Manitoba Highland Gathering (first Sunday in July), Triple S Fair and Rodeo (July) Red River Hoedown (August).
Chuck the Channel Cat
A 9 metre fibreglass catfish celebrates the huge ( 9 kilogram/20 pound) catfish found in the Red River between Selkirk and Lockport.
St Peter’s Dynevor Church
6.5 km northeast off Hwy 59
Lot 212 St. Peter’s Rd.
East Selkirk, MB R0E 0M0
Mailing: Box 43, Grp 7, RR 1, East Selkirk, MB R0E 0M
The original Anglican church was built in 1836, and rebuilt in 1853. It was the centre of missionary activity in the area.
Garden on Eaton Tea House
205 Eaton Ave
In a renovated 1989 home, this tea house offers tea, scones and sandwiches as well as artwork by local artists. Open year round 9 am to 4 pm weekdays, 11 am to 4 pm Saturdays, and closed Sundays.
Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site
5 km south on Hwy 9
204-785-6050 or toll-free 1-877-LFG-FORT
The oldest fur-trading post in North America still standing, has 19th century buildings restored and furnished to their early times. Costumed staff recreate daily life and tasks with an 1850s atmosphere. The Big House is the home of the governor, his wife and servants. The Fur Loft Building is where various furs were stored. Other buildings include the men’s house, the guest cottage, the blacksmith’s shop, and the farm managers cottage. The visitors’ centre provides exhibits and a slide show. The annual Red River Rendezvous is a re-enactment of the fur-trading days. Allow 2 hours, Open daily 10 am to 6 pm from mid-may to Labour day. Admission $3.25, ages 5-15 %1.50, seniors free, family rate $8.
Marine Musuem of Manitoba
Selkirk Park at Eveline & Queen Streets
This museum reflects Selkirk’s maritime past with displays of boats, shipbuilding and two lighthouses. The seven restored ships include the 1897 SS Keenora steamship, the 1942 Chickama II, the 1944 MS Northland Lady Canadian, the 1915 CGS Bradbury icebreaker, the 1955 MS Penguis II river tug, the 1963 freighter Joe Simpson, and the 1952 all-wood Jackie S the last Lake Winnipeg fishing sailboat. Open weekdays 9 am to 5 pm, weekends & holidays 10 am to 6 pm from May 1 to September 30. Admission $3, seniors and ages 6-17 $2.
Eveline & Queen Street
This park is used primarily for recreation, but also has the world’s largest Red River Oxcart, 6.5 metres high and 13.7 metres long. There is an observation platform for birdwatching.