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
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
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
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