Snow Lake, Manitoba
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|Town of Snow Lake, Manitoba|
|• Mayor||Clarence Fisher|
|Elevation||271 m (890 ft)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||Central (CDT) (UTC-5)|
|Postal code||R0B 1M0|
|Website||Town of Snow Lake|
Snow Lake is a town in Manitoba, Canada, located 685 km north of Winnipeg at the end of Provincial Road 392. The main industry is, and always has been, mining; currently with one mine producing Zinc. In late 2009, it was discovered that the Snow Lake area could have one of the largest gold-rich VMS deposits in Canada. The official Town of Snow Lake is a very large, overwhelmingly rural area that is centred about the urban community of Snow Lake, which lies very near its geographical centre. The Town is as large in area as a typical rural municipality in the more southern parts of Manitoba.
Mining is, and always has been, Snow Lake's major industry. Two separate mining ventures have operated in the community over the past 40 years. TVX/Kinross/High River operated the New Britannia Mine, which closed in January 2005, and HudBay Minerals, which operated 11 area mines. They were/are Chisel Lake, Stall Lake, Osborne Lake, Dickstone, Anderson Lake, Ghost Lake, Lost Lake, Spruce Point, Rod Mine, Photo Lake, and Chisel North.
In recent years, the New Britannia Mine employed the majority of the town's population; however, its January 2005 closure caused a sudden drop in population. HudBay Minerals is now the community's major employer and has recently announced the discovery of a new world-class gold-zinc property, Lalor Lake. (pronounced LAW - ler).
Nature lovers will delight in the numerous species of birds, animals and vegetation found along the region's many area hiking trails. Picking strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or gooseberries is also a favourite summer pastime. History enthusiasts can explore ancient Aboriginal pictographs that are approximately 1500 years old.
Fishing and boating are popular activities with the presence of many lakes and rivers, such as Snow Lake, Wekusko Lake and the Grass River that have abundances of northern pike, walleye, and perch. The Grass River Route will provide outdoor enthusiasts with an insight into the life of the early voyageurs and fur traders.
In the winter months, local hiking paths double as cross-country ski trails, while miles of frozen lakes and rivers in the area provide endless trails for snowmobilers. Ice fishing is popular as well.
The town of Snow Lake also is home to a hockey arena, curling rink, 9-hole golf course and several other recreational facilities which play host to a number of activities and tournaments over the course of the year.
J. H. Kerr School, the lone educational facility in Snow Lake, is a Kindergarten to Senior Four facility with an enrollment of 145 students for the 2008 - 2009 school year. It is now part of the Frontier School Division. Prior to a Provincial amalgamation (2003) of school districts, it operated under its own district, the School District of Snow Lake # 2309. The building, under one form or another, has been open for close to 50 years. In 2001, Joseph H. Kerr was named one of the 30 most innovative schools by Canada's Schoolnet.
Local media and services
Internet / Telephone
- Commstream Communications High Speed Internet;
- MTS High Speed Internet(DSL) and Telephone service.
- NCI - 96.3
- CBC - 95.5
CBWKT connected to the province-wide microwave system on March 1, 1969.
- "Microwave Hook-Up Gives North Live TV". Winnipeg Free Press. April 29, 1969. p. 28.