Riverton is a village in the province of Manitoba in Canada located approximately 110 kilometres north of Winnipeg. It is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Bifrost. The CPR's train conductor is reputed to have named the town.
Riverton has a small population of around 600 people. The main economy is fishing. The Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation operates a fish-packing factory on the banks of the Icelandic River, which passes through the centre of Riverton. Other industries include agriculture and the service sector, with manufacturing being done by ECB (Erosion Control Blanket) a distant third. Being in a unique position on the west shore of Lake Winnipeg, Riverton services the northern communities via a winter road. It is on the way to Hecla-Grindstone Provincial Park and many people from Winnipeg stop in or pass by the village on the way to cottage country each summer.
The current mayor is Colin Bjarnason. As in many small towns, the position of mayor is not full-time. The mayor works a regular job at the provincial park.
The 26 February 1979 Total Solar Eclipse
Riverton was the closest town to the point of maximum totality for the 26 February 1979 Solar_eclipse_of_February_26,_1979 total solar eclipse. This total solar eclipse was part of Saros cycle 120, Series 59. Riverton hosted astronomers and eclipse chasers from across the world, providing free rooms to many of the visitors.
- Official website
- Riverton Collegiate Institute website
- History of The Riverton Gospel Chapel
- Riverton Early Middle School website
- Map of Riverton at Statcan