Manitou Opera House

Manitou Opera House
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Box 63, 325 Main Street
Manitou, MB, R0G 1G0
Al Thorleifson – Concerts & Coffee House Musicians
Manitou Opera House

Tel: 204-242-2794
Richard Klassen – Candlewick Theatre Events
Manitou Opera House

Tel: 204-825-2794

Manitou Opera House
“Designated a Municipal Heritage Site in 1996, the Manitou Opera House was built in 1930 to replace the original building lost to fire. The auditorium, with balcony, is in it’s original state. The building is used year-round to host a variety of concerts, plays and other local activities. Just outside the building a bronze bust of Nellie McClung was erected to commemorate her local and nation-wide accomplishments.”

Manitou Log House Museum & Tourism Centre

Pembina Crossing Church

In the early 1880s, several families settled near the place where the Boundary Commission of 1873 had crossed the Pembina River. In 1885, these pioneers established the Parish of St. Luke’s Pembina Crossing. Originally, Church of England (Anglican) services were held directly across the road from this site in the Valley Stopping House. After the Pembina Valley School was built in 1885, services were held there until 1886. The picturesque poplar log building, originally a general store built in May 1880, was in use until 1920 when it was replaced by a new building which opened on 26 September 1920. The following year, by an unfortunate accident, it burned down although most of the furniture and fittings were saved. In 1922, it was replaced by the present structure, a municipally-designated historic site as of 2011.

For the first 18 years, the Parish was served by Reverend Edward Powell Nicholl. For 28 years, the church Warden was Richard N. Lea. Both pioneers rest in the churchyard which was consecrated by Archbishop Robert Machray in 1894. The burial in the cemetery took place in 1896, of John Cyprian Lea.

The St. Luke’s cemetery and churchyard are maintained by volunteers, most of whom have family buried here. Services are held twice a year, a Rogation service in the spring and Narvest Thanksgiving in the fall.

From the junction of Highway #3 and Provincial Road #244, head south approximately 5.5 miles, then west approximately one mile to the Church and Crossing. The river crossing is a few hundred feet from the church.

St. Mary’s Anglican Church

Manitou Opera House
This impressive 28-foot by 44-foot stone church south of Manitou, near Kaleida in the Rural Municipality of Pembina, was designed by Winnipeg architect Charles Wheeler and built in 1892 at a cost of some $6,500, by local farmer W. H. Bowler and the construction firm of Kerr and Magee. It was named Winram Memorial Church in commemoration of W. J. Winram. The building is a municipally designated historic site.