Rural Municipality of East St. Paul
|Rural Municipality of East St. Paul|
|Incorporation||October 23, 1915|
|• Land||42.10 km2 (16.25 sq mi)|
|• Density||214.9/km2 (557/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
East St. Paul is a rural municipality in Manitoba, Canada. It is located north-east of and adjacent to the city of Winnipeg, and is part of the Winnipeg Metropolitan Area. The municipality encompasses 41 square kilometres (16 sq mi) and is bounded by the Red River to the west; the Rural Municipality of St. Clements to the north; the Rural Municipality of Springfield to the east; and Winnipeg to the south. The Red River Floodway diverts part of the Red River's flow around the city of Winnipeg and East St. Paul to the east and discharges it back into the Red River below the dam at Lockport.
East St. Paul is one of the fastest-growing municipalities in Manitoba. The population of East St. Paul increased by 1056 persons (up 13.85%) between 2001 and 2006. The municipality attracts people from Winnipeg and elsewhere due to its close proximity to city amenities, the availability of larger lots, lower rates of property tax, and ability to provide a semi-rural relaxed lifestyle.
It includes Birds Hill, North Hill, Glengarry, River East Estates, Whidbey Harbour, Pritchard Farm Estates, and Silverfox Estates, which are some of Manitoba's wealthiest communities. East St. Paul also has a gated community exclusively for seniors. New home development is underway at Countryside Crossing, By The Park, Prairie Ridge, and Southlands Drive. North of Hoddinott Road, there are development plans for single and multi-family dwellings, with a commercial section that is being called the Village Centre. East St. Paul still contains greenhouses and numerous small farms, primarily of the market gardening variety, as well as natural forest, creek and pond areas.
The municipality offers a wide range of community programs and recreation services through the Rec Centre. Residents enjoy many winter activities including curling and ice hockey. At Silver Springs Park there is a toboggan hill and an outdoor ice skating path on the frozen lake. Summer activities include soccer and baseball at the East St. Paul outdoor Recreation Complex. Sports fishing is popular on the Red River. The Meadows 18-hole golf course and tennis courts are nearby in the municipality.
The Trans Canada Trail goes through East St. Paul. The municipality has enhanced the quality of life by streetscaping, planting trees, and creating several beautiful walking trails and pathways.
Historic Henderson Highway follows the Red River through East St. Paul areas settled by the Red River Settlers.
A habitat rehabilitation project at Birds Hill, Manitoba transformed an East St. Paul depleted gravel pit into Silver Springs Park, complete with trails, a lake, and homes built along part of its perimeter. The park has become a habitat showpiece for people and wildlife. The depleted quarry was graded and landscaped with native grasses and more than 1,200 trees and shrubs. Geese, ducks, terns, gulls, American white pelicans, songbirds, foxes, rabbits, western painted turtles, muskrats and deer now frequent the park. The pit dates to the late 19th century, when the Canadian Pacific Railway needed gravel ballast for its rail lines. The deposit was later worked to serve Winnipeg's needs for aggregate. Over the years, more than 20 million tonnes of gravel were removed from the site. A non-profit group called the Silver Springs Fish & Wildlife Heritage Park Inc. began the first phase of development of the park in 1990, which is now maintained by the municipality of East St. Paul.
Other parks in East St. Paul are Hyland Park, Glengarry Community Park, Clydesdale Park, and Memorial Park.