Benito, Manitoba

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Benito is a village in the Canadian province of Manitoba surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Swan River. The village is situated in the Swan River Valley, 37 kilometres southwest of Swan River, 475 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, and 2 kilometres east of the Saskatchewan border. To the south is Duck Mountain Provincial Park and Forest, to the north is Thunder Hill and further north of Swan River is Porcupine Mountain Provincial Park. The village is served by PTH 83.

People from Eastern Canada, England, and Europe first settled Benito around the turn of the century. In 1905, the Canadian National Railway went through, and the hamlet of Benito slowly grew and was incorporated as a village in 1941.

The economic base of the region is agriculture and logging.

Benito is home to a branch of the North-West Regional Library of nearby Swan River. Founded in 1965, today the North-West Regional Library Benito Branch provides over 14,000 books, DVD's, puzzles and other items accessible to the public as well as numerous other services.[1]

On April 1st, 2013 Benito was featured in an April Fool's Day joke across the Province of Manitoba. The CJ Radio Network announced that as part of a protest against forced municipal amalgamation, the village had joined Saskatchewan. [2] Staff at the village office went along with the prank and informed callers that they were indeed now known as Benito, Saskatchewan instead of Benito, Manitoba.

Famous Benito residents[edit]

  • Ed Werenich, World Champion Curler, known as "The Wrench"

Thunder Hill[edit]

Thunder Hill is a small hill inside the Swan Valley which is between the Duck Mountains and the Porcupine Forests on the border of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Legend has it that the hill used to rumble, hence its name Thunder Hill. The last recorded rumble was in 1969. It is also the site of Thunderhill Ski Area.

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Coordinates: 51°54′50″N 101°32′54″W / 51.91389°N 101.54833°W / 51.91389; -101.54833