Rural Municipality of Glenwood
The Rural Municipality of Glenwood is located in the southwestern corner of Manitoba, Canada and is 47 kilometres southwest of Manitoba's second largest city, Brandon. The separately administered Town of Souris is located at its geographical centre. Glenwood and Souris are at the junction of Manitoba Highway 2, running east and west, while Provincial Road 250 extends from north and Manitoba Highway 22 southward. Manitoba Highway 10 provides access to the United States. Glenwood is home to approximately 800 residents, not counting those residents of Souris.
Though Glenwood was incorporated as a municipality in 1883, its history goes back further. In 1880, the first four permanent residents arrived and established homesteads along Plum Creek, approximately 1.5 kilometres west of what today is Souris. Most early settlers established homesteads in the Souris area, while others settled in the surrounding town sites. The 1880s saw vigorous immigration into the area, especially people who came from Ireland. By the end of 1883, the area was completely settled, and by 1884 the town site of Souris contained over 50 buildings. The Town of Souris was incorporated in 1904 as a separate municipal government, and its first mayor was A.L. Young.
Glenwood and Souris' economies are primarily based in agriculture. The region features grain, canola, flax, cattle, and pig farming. An industrial base is being established in the municipality. United Grain Growers has a grain terminal and crop production services in the area, and provides a central distribution terminal for all of Westman Region. Proven Seed Distribution Centre and Peloquin Fabricating are also employers in the municipality.
The Town of Souris provides many of the large urban services and amenities found in other towns. The town also has its own school that features two gymnasiums, a computer and science lab, distance education, and a well-known music program.
A growing economic source in Glenwood is tourism. Souris features many attractions including an agate pit, four museums, bird sanctuary, golf course, river cruises, nature trails, and a swinging bridge. Many accommodations and businesses exist to serve the needs of tourists, including a fully serviced campground and hotel.
- Built in 1903, the Glenwood Swinging Bridge is a 177.4-metre foot bridge. The Glenwood areas agate pits also draw many tourists from all over the world who have come to collect many varieties of agates, several colors of jasper, petrified wood, and epidote found in the pits.
- The 20-acre (8.1 ha) Glenwood Victoria Park was donated by the Sowden family. It is located in the heart of Souris and features camping, picnicking, and swimming facilities. A bird sanctuary is located in the centre of the park where many different types of birds can be viewed.
- The old Squire Hall, restored as a historic site and named the Hillcrest Museum, features the original furniture of the mansion along with artifacts cherished by the early Souris settlers. An agricultural museum is found in the same location.
- The Plum is the site of the 1883 Souris Heritage Church built by early settlers. This building features Victorian architecture and the Souris Heritage Church Museum with a tea room with crafts.
- The Souris Fair Grounds provide Glenwood with a site for events that include baseball diamonds, a batting cage, a corral, barns, a judges booth, display buildings, and concession stands.
- Geographic Names of Manitoba (pg. 94) - the Millennium Bureau of Canada