Lynn Lake

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Lynn Lake is located in Manitoba
Lynn Lake
Lynn Lake
Location of Lynn Lake in Manitoba

Lynn Lake is a town in the northwest region of Manitoba, Canada, approximately 1,071 km (665 mi) from Winnipeg. The town is the fourth-largest town in Manitoba in terms of land area. It is centred around the original urban community of Lynn Lake, located at 56°51′06″N 101°02′48″W / 56.85167°N 101.04667°W / 56.85167; -101.04667. The town was named after Lynn Smith, chief engineer of Sherritt Gordon Mines Ltd. There are numerous outfitters in the Lynn Lake area. They offer services for most wilderness experiences, including sport fishing and bear and moose hunting.

History[edit]

Lynn Lake was founded in 1950, when a deposit of nickel ore was discovered. The nickel mine was developed, and soon after, gold was also discovered. Most of Lynn Lake's 208 houses and commercial buildings were moved from Sherridon, Manitoba, over cat train trails. The houses and commercial buildings were moved by digging out the foundation, loading them on the tricycle winter freighting sleigh pulled by Linn tractors and caterpillar crawlers. The buildings once loaded were the last sleigh on the cat trains which were usually 4-5 sleighs long. The Linn Tractors were used to move the town of Sherridon, Manitoba to Lynn Lake, Manitoba in the 1950s.

After a rich vein of copper ore had been nearly depleted in Sherridon, the company sent out prospectors to find another strike. Around 1945, the expeditions were successful when one of the world's largest nickel strikes was found near the soon to be established Lynn Lake. Most of the people of Sherridon moved to Lynn Lake when housing was completed.

Gold mining was once the major industry of the town. The mine was shut down in the late 20th century, but if the price of gold and other metals rises enough, mining operations could be resumed.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 Census, Statistics Canada originally reported that the Town of Lynn Lake had a population of 482 living in 169 of its 295 total dwellings, a -32.5% change from its 2006 population of 714.[1] Statistics Canada subsequently amended the 2011 census results to a population of 674 living in 246 of its 386 total dwellings, a -5.6% change from 2006.[2] With a land area of 910.23 km2 (351.44 sq mi), it had a population density of 0.7405/km2 (1.9178/sq mi) in 2011.[1][2]

In 2001, the population of Lynn Lake was 699, a -32.7% change from its 1996 population of 1,038.[3]

Transportation[edit]

The town is served by Lynn Lake Airport and Manitoba Provincial Road 391. There is a functional rail line between Lynn Lake and The Pas. The rail line is owned by Keewatin Railway and is presently inactive between Pukatawagan and Lynn Lake.

Notable people[edit]

Canadian musician, writer, and Officer in the Order of Canada, Tom Cochrane was born in Lynn Lake and lived there until he was 4. Lynn Johnston, the creator of the comic strip For Better or For Worse, also lived for a number of years in Lynn Lake, where she began her career.

Climate[edit]

Lynn Lake experiences a subarctic climate (Köppen Dfc).

Climate data for Lynn Lake
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 7.7
(45.9)
7.5
(45.5)
12.4
(54.3)
27.4
(81.3)
31.6
(88.9)
35.2
(95.4)
33.9
(93)
35.3
(95.5)
29.3
(84.7)
24
(75)
11.4
(52.5)
5.6
(42.1)
35.3
(95.5)
Average high °C (°F) −20.2
(−4.4)
−14.7
(5.5)
−6.3
(20.7)
3.8
(38.8)
12.4
(54.3)
19
(66)
21.7
(71.1)
19.9
(67.8)
11.7
(53.1)
3.2
(37.8)
−8.4
(16.9)
−17.5
(0.5)
2.1
(35.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) −25
(−13)
−20.6
(−5.1)
−13.2
(8.2)
−2.6
(27.3)
6.2
(43.2)
12.9
(55.2)
16
(61)
14.3
(57.7)
7.1
(44.8)
−0.4
(31.3)
−12.6
(9.3)
−22.1
(−7.8)
−3.3
(26.1)
Average low °C (°F) −29.9
(−21.8)
−26.5
(−15.7)
−20
(−4)
−8.9
(16)
−0.1
(31.8)
6.8
(44.2)
10.2
(50.4)
8.7
(47.7)
2.4
(36.3)
−4.1
(24.6)
−16.6
(2.1)
−26.6
(−15.9)
−8.7
(16.3)
Record low °C (°F) −46.7
(−52.1)
−46.1
(−51)
−45
(−49)
−33
(−27)
−15.5
(4.1)
−5.6
(21.9)
0.8
(33.4)
−2.8
(27)
−10.7
(12.7)
−28.9
(−20)
−37.7
(−35.9)
−47.1
(−52.8)
−47.1
(−52.8)
Precipitation mm (inches) 19.2
(0.756)
16.4
(0.646)
17.9
(0.705)
23.1
(0.909)
41.3
(1.626)
62
(2.44)
79.6
(3.134)
69.9
(2.752)
56.9
(2.24)
42.6
(1.677)
29.5
(1.161)
20.7
(0.815)
479
(18.86)
Source: Environment Canada[4]

Local media[edit]

NASA's "Balloon-borne Experiment with a Superconducting Spectrometer" lifting off near Lynn Lake, August 7, 2002

Television[edit]

CBWRT began as Frontier Coverage Package station CBTA in September, 1967. In early 1969 the province-wide microwave system replaced the kine recordings and Lynn Lake has enjoyed live television since then.[5]

Internet[edit]

Northwest Communities Cooperative Inc, an independent broadband provider, was formed in July 2010. NCC is the first high-speed internet service of its kind to become available to the community, and had been working hard to accommodate the large demand. The company's list of subscribers had been growing steadily since its formation. NCC was dissolved in September, 2011, and the continued operation of high-speed wireless service was transferred to Broadband Communications North. MTS Allstream began to offer DSL Internet service in December, 2011 in addition to their dial-up service. Internet is also available through external satellite providers..[6]MTS Allstream Inc. DSL Availability

Print[edit]

The Town of Lynn Lake once published Lynn Lake Life, a local newsletter, on a monthly basis. It was available at numerous local locations in paper format and simultaneously available on-line. Lynn Lake Life On-line. Monthly publication was suspended in July, 2013 when the Editor left the community.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Manitoba)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Corrections and updates". Statistics Canada. 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  3. ^ Lake&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&Custom= "2001 Community Profiles – Lynn Lake, Manitoba (Town)". Statistics Canada. 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  4. ^ Environment Canada - Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000—Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 23 April 2011
  5. ^ "Microwave Hook-Up Gives North Live TV". Winnipeg Free Press. April 29, 1969. p. 28. 
  6. ^ "MTS Allstream Inc. DSL Availability". MTS Allstream Inc. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 56°49′30″N 101°04′30″W / 56.82500°N 101.07500°W / 56.82500; -101.07500