Tolstoi, Manitoba

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Tolstoi is a hamlet in the Rural Municipality of Franklin, Manitoba, Canada. It is located along Manitoba Highway 59 at the junction with Provincial Road 209, approximately 90 km south of Winnipeg and 10 km north of the Canada–United States border.

Tolstoi was founded by Ukrainian immigrants in the 1890s, one of the earliest Ukrainian settlements in western Canada. Once a thriving community, Tolstoi's population has declined dramatically in recent decades. Its current population is generally older, as most young people have left for jobs in Winnipeg.[1]

The community is served by a grocery store and Ukrainian Catholic church. The Tolstoi Hotel and Bar closed in 2008.[2]

Tolstoi is the transfer point for microwave (S-band) television signals between Winnipeg and North Dakota. The closest weather station is at Emerson.

Between 1974 and March 1986, cable companies in Winnipeg received the NBC and CBS affiliates from Fargo, KTHI TV11 and KXJB TV4, respectively (via translator K58BP at Glasston, North Dakota). Two other signals, ABC and PBS affiliates from Grand Forks, WDAZ TV8 and KGFE TV2, are also received from here. By March 1986 Videon Cablesystems and Greater Winnipeg Cablevision received permission from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to replace KTHI and KXJB with WDIV and WJBK of Detroit, Michigan via the CANCOM package on the Anik satellite. WDAZ and KGFE are still available on Winnipeg cable TV.


  1. ^ Redekop, Bill. "Tale of two churches". Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  2. ^ "Rural bar owner retires after 68 years in business". 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 

Coordinates: 49°04′28″N 96°48′40″W / 49.07444°N 96.81111°W / 49.07444; -96.81111