Boissevain, Manitoba

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"Tommy the Turtle"
A mural in town.

Boissevain is a town in Manitoba near the North Dakota border. It is surrounded by (an enclave of) the Rural Municipality of Morton. It is notable for its proximity to the International Peace Garden, a short drive south on Highway 10. The town also displays a number of wall murals as a tourist attraction. The town was named after Adolphe Boissevain who helped finance the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Boissevain, not far from Turtle Mountain and Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, also formerly hosted the "International Turtle Derby", a turtle race, each summer. "Tommy the Turtle" is a 28-foot-tall, 10,000-lb western painted turtle that serves as an icon for both the Turtle Derby and the town as a whole.[1]

Boissevain School was nominated one of Canada's 30 best schools by Maclean's Magazine.

Boissevain is a small town of just under 1,500 people and it is between Killarney and Deloraine on the east and west with Brandon in the north. The population of the surrounding area, within a 50 kilometre radius of the town, is about 15,000.[2]

CJRB (1220 AM) broadcasts an easy listening format from Boissevain. The station is owned by Golden West Broadcasting.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raynor, Paul (2005-12-17). "Celebration coins minted and ready". Boissevain Recorder. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  2. ^ Boissevain Population (accessed December 7, 2007)

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Coordinates: 49°13′50″N 100°03′18″W / 49.23056°N 100.05500°W / 49.23056; -100.05500