La Broquerie, Manitoba
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|Village of La Broquerie|
|• MP (Provencher)||Ted Falk (CPC)|
| • MLA
|Dennis Smook (PC)|
|• Total||7.92 km2 (3.06 sq mi)|
|Elevation||268 m (879 ft)|
|• Density||135.5/km2 (351/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
La Broquerie is an unincorporated urban community in Manitoba. It is located approximately 70 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg, at the confluence of highways 210, 302 and 52. It is a predominantly French speaking community located in the northern part of the Rural Municipality of La Broquerie.
For most of the community’s history, the village of La Broquerie has been ranked as Manitoba’s largest dairy producer. A distinctive display at the south entrance to the town features a huge, decorative cow.
The area's geography makes it attractive to winter sports. One can snowmobile and cross-country ski along the nature trails in the town as well as throughout the entire Sandilands Provincial Forest area. The town also has a golf course, La Verendrye Golf, named after the family of 18th century explorers. The St. Joachim Museum contains historic artifacts pertaining to the history of the French and Belgian settlers since 1877.
Hockey in La Broquerie
Hockey is a huge part of life in La Broquerie and has been for 60 years. In the early 1950s, local residents spent months cutting and logging wood for the building of a new arena in town. The arena was built by hand with the help of countless local volunteers. Over the years, the arena burnt down on three occasions, and on all three occasions, local residents lobbied local businessmen and different levels of government to rebuild it. The volunteer board that has been overseeing the entire hockey program for 60 years is the Club Sportif.
Le Club Sportif, the body which oversees the hockey program in the community, is a model of organization to be envied.
The local hockey team is known as the "Habs". This year, every age level has at least one Habs team, and some have two, starting with the Timbits (age 4-6) all the way to the Senior Habs, who play hockey in the Carillon Senior Hockey League.
The Senior Habs have won 5 league championships in the past ten years. In 2006-2007, the Habs finished in first place in the league standings, sweeping the league championship finals, and winning the Provincial Senior "A" hockey championship.