Melita, Manitoba

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Melita is a town located in the southwestern corner of the Canadian province of Manitoba. It is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Arthur and occupies a bend of the Souris River. The population at the 2011 census was 1,069.[1] It sits at the junction of Highways 3 and 83, approx. 320 km southwest of Winnipeg. Melita is known as the "Grasslands Bird Capital of Manitoba"[2] and is located in Manitoba's banana belt.

Corner of Townsend Dr. and Front St., with grain elevators in background

History[edit]

Evidence of First Nations habitation in the area includes the Linear Mounds Archaeological Site and the Brockinton Archaeological Site, which have provided artifacts dating back to 800 A.D.[3] The site has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada.[4]

Charles West was the first recorded European settler, in 1879.[5] The early inhabitants chose the name "Melita" for the town after hearing a bible reading (Acts 28:1) about St. Paul's shipwreck on the island of Malta (Melita is an older name for the island).[6]

Notable residents[edit]

Betty Fox, cancer research activist and mother of Terry Fox, was raised in Melita.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Melita, Town". Census Profiles. Statistics Canada. 
  2. ^ "Bird Watching". Town of Melita. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Historical Interest". Town of Melita. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Linear Mounds. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Our First Century", Melita-Arthur History Committee, 1983
  6. ^ Ham, Penny (1980). Place Names of Manitoba. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Western Producer Prairie Books. p. 83. ISBN 9780888330673. 
  7. ^ Martin, Sandra (2011-06-18). "Betty Fox, cancer-advocacy champion and mother of Terry Fox, dies". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 

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Coordinates: 49°16′05″N 100°59′45″W / 49.26806°N 100.99583°W / 49.26806; -100.99583