Canadian Museum for Human Rights – Inspiring a Global Dialog

Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Rising high above the Canadian plains, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights was conceived as the world’s first museum dedicated to human rights. Located on the street that is named for the late Israel Asper, a Canadian philanthropist who had a dream that came to fruition when the human rights center opened on September 20, 2014 in The Forks area of Winnipeg, Though he did not live to see his vision come to exist, his family and others brought forth the site where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet. Continue reading

FortWhyte Alive – The Fort That Never Was

Winnipeg, Manitoba.

So, I borrowed their “Fort That Never Was” reference from the website of this nature preserve. FortWhyte is a neighborhood that was the center of a dispute on railway construction. The confrontation somehow led the area to the name “FortWhyte” after the head of the Canadian Pacific Railway, William Whyte. I’ll let you, dear reader, explore the park’s website here if you want to learn a little more of that early history.

In the mid-20th century, the Wildlife Foundation of Manitoba began converting the site to a wildlife habitat but by the 1980’s, their focus shifted toward environmental education. The trails and Interpretive Centre opened in 1983. If you are really interested in the history of the place, on their website, you’ll find a seven volume blog featuring the park’s first fifty years here. Continue reading

Lower Fort Garry – Historic Fur Trading Post

St. Andrews, Manitoba.

On our first visit to Manitoba in over 30 years, we returned to one of our favorite places to refresh our memories. In the summer, you can tour the grounds and meet staff members dressed in correct period costumes, role playing their particular position in the daily life of a fur trading site in the 19th century. You can even take advantage of daily guided tours at certain times of the year. One post on the Canada Park site says the buildings are open year round, but a notice on the Parks Canada website says they are closed for the season and will re-open in Spring 2020. Check the Parks Canada website for specifics on hours, things to do, etc. here. Continue reading

Gimli – Made Famous by a “Glider”

Gimli, Manitoba.

My wife, Lynn, and I were brought to Gimli, a small resort village on the shore of Lake Winnipeg, to visit the Air Cadet League glider training facility. After a morning visit to the training facility and a great lunch on base courtesy of the Air Cadet League of Manitoba, our host, Vern, took us on a tour of the resort community. You can read more about our visit with the folks at the Air Cadet League, Manitoba here.

The village has only about 6000 residents but swells with vacationers in the mild Canadian summer. Founded by Icelandic settlers in the 1870s, the community is located about 50 miles (80 km) from Winnipeg. Our first stop was along the lake shore at Viking Park where a large statue of a Viking proclaims the Icelandic heritage. Continue reading

The Forks – Winnipeg at the Red River

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Though it was through Civil Air Patrol that my volunteer service brought me to visit our neighbors north of the border, we stayed a couple of extra days to take in some of the historic sites that are popular with visitors to the area. Our friend, Vern, from the Manitoba Air Cadet League brought us to the area known as The Forks after our first day of “official activities.” Our first stop is an observation tower at the eastern edge of The Forks Market. The observation deck at the top of the six story attraction is free and accessible by either stairs or an elevator. The view of the river in the opening shot along with a few other shots in this post was captured from the tower. Continue reading

Air Cadet League of Canada – A Focus on Cadets

Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Over the years, I’ve made some interesting connections through my involvement with Civil Air Patrol. As the North Dakota Wing Commander, my travels to national and regional conferences have introduced me to new people and places. It’s been an interesting and busy three-and-a-half years. In April, I’ll be ready to hand over the wing to my successor. But I digress… Continue reading