Russell, Manitoba

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Town of Russell
A view of arches spanning Main Street in Russell, summer of 2008.
A view of arches spanning Main Street in Russell, summer of 2008.
Town of Russell is located in Manitoba
Town of Russell
Town of Russell
Location of Russell in Manitoba
Coordinates: 50°46′51″N 101°17′02″W / 50.78083°N 101.28389°W / 50.78083; -101.28389Coordinates: 50°46′51″N 101°17′02″W / 50.78083°N 101.28389°W / 50.78083; -101.28389
Country Canada
Province Manitoba
Region Parkland
Established 1880
Government
 • City Mayor Chris Radford
 • MLA (Riding Mountain) Leanne Rowat (PC)
 • MP (Dauphin—Swan River—Marquette) Robert Sopuck (CPC)
Area
 • Total 3.15 km2 (1.22 sq mi)
Elevation 556 m (1,823 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,611
 • Density 453.8/km2 (1,175/sq mi)
 • Change 2006-11 Increase5.0%
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 204
Highways PTH 16
PTH 45
PTH 83
Website Town of Russell

Russell is a town of 1,611 (2011 census) located in southwestern Manitoba, Canada, in the Rural Municipality of Russell. The town of Russell is located along PTH 16 and PTH 83, and is at the western terminus of PTH 45. Russell is approximately 15 km (9 mi) from the Saskatchewan border and 340 km (211 mi) northwest of Winnipeg. The community is home to approximately 1,700 people, with a trading area population of over 14,000.

Russell is the home of Manitoba's Beef and Barley Festival, which is held annually in October to celebrate the region's strong agricultural tradition. Grain farming and cattle ranching are extensive in the surrounding areas. A public artwork of eight sets of wooden arches spans the major intersections of Main Street and helps define the center of the town.

History[edit]

European-Canadians first settled the area around Russell around 1880. The first post office began operations at a site north of the present town in 1880, and was called "Shell River". The closest CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway) point was renamed to Russell in 1889. Also in 1889, a Dr Barnardo's Home for boys was established. The home and local farmers sponsored transportation for British orphans to come to the area to work on farms. The town of Russell was officially incorporated in 1913.

Industrial development[edit]

Recent changes to agriculture, such as the elimination of the Western Grain Transportation Subsidy, have put the region in a unique position. With one of the highest freight rates in western Canada, the Russell area is well-positioned to experience an explosion in value-added processing. Bunge Canada, an advanced canola-processing plant, is located at Harrowby, 15 km (9 mi) west of Russell.

Nearby potash mining in Saskatchewan provides jobs for numerous Russell residents, as well as purchasing supplies and services locally. The first potash mine in Manitoba has been proposed for a site just southwest of Russell.

The town of Russell and the surrounding rural municipalities are promoting tourism through the Asessippi Parkland Economic Development Corp.

Education[edit]

A semi-major service centre for the regional agricultural communities, Russell provides ok educational facilities, ranging from day care and nursery to post-secondary facilities. Russell is part of the Park West School Division. The Assiniboine Community College also has a regional campus located in Russell. The community has access to First Year Distant Education transmission, allowing individuals to take first-year education via internet.

Recreation[edit]

Recreational facilities include a serviced campground, tennis courts, ball fields, curling and hockey arenas, community halls, a swimming pool, snowboarding and downhill skiing, and a nine-hole golf course.

Russell is located only 27 km (17 mi) from Asessippi Provincial Park, the site of Asessippi Ski Area & Resort—a world-class ski facility and year-round family park. The park also contains the Lake of the Prairies, a 64 km-long lake that is one of the best Walleye-fishing lakes in North America[citation needed]. In Manitoba the lake recorded an annual walleye catch per square kilometre that is five times greater than the provincial average.[1]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Russell
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 6.1
(43)
10.5
(50.9)
18.9
(66)
33
(91)
36.5
(97.7)
41.1
(106)
40
(104)
37.2
(99)
34.4
(93.9)
31.1
(88)
21.1
(70)
12.2
(54)
41.1
(106)
Average high °C (°F) −13.5
(7.7)
−10.1
(13.8)
−2.7
(27.1)
8.6
(47.5)
17.4
(63.3)
21.6
(70.9)
24.5
(76.1)
23.2
(73.8)
16.2
(61.2)
9.1
(48.4)
−2.7
(27.1)
−11.5
(11.3)
6.7
(44.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) −18
(0)
−14.7
(5.5)
−7.4
(18.7)
3
(37)
11
(52)
15.5
(59.9)
18.1
(64.6)
16.8
(62.2)
10.5
(50.9)
4
(39)
−6.5
(20.3)
−15.7
(3.7)
1.4
(34.5)
Average low °C (°F) −22.6
(−8.7)
−19.4
(−2.9)
−12.1
(10.2)
−2.7
(27.1)
4.6
(40.3)
9.3
(48.7)
11.7
(53.1)
10.3
(50.5)
4.8
(40.6)
−1.2
(29.8)
−10.2
(13.6)
−19.8
(−3.6)
−3.9
(25)
Record low °C (°F) −48.9
(−56)
−47.8
(−54)
−42.8
(−45)
−31.1
(−24)
−12.2
(10)
−3.9
(25)
−1.1
(30)
−8.9
(16)
−14.4
(6.1)
−27.8
(−18)
−37.2
(−35)
−43.3
(−45.9)
−48.9
(−56)
Precipitation mm (inches) 23.7
(0.933)
20.7
(0.815)
32.4
(1.276)
25.5
(1.004)
47.4
(1.866)
82.7
(3.256)
70.7
(2.783)
67
(2.64)
61.4
(2.417)
29.2
(1.15)
20.5
(0.807)
25.3
(0.996)
506.5
(19.941)
Source: Environment Canada[2]

Notable people[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Asessippi Provincial Park". Parkland Tourism Association. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 
  2. ^ "Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000". Environment Canada. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 

External links[edit]

50°46′51″N 101°17′02″W / 50.78083°N 101.28389°W / 50.78083; -101.28389