Winnipegosis, Manitoba

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Winnipegosis
Town
Village of Winnipegosis

Nickname(s): Little Muddy Water

Winnipegosis, Manitoba is located in Manitoba
Winnipegosis, Manitoba
Location of Winnipegosis in Manitoba
Country Canada
Province Manitoba
Region Parkland Region
Established, January 6, 1915
Government
 • Village Mayor Dan Brown
 • MLA (Swan River) Ron Kostyshyn (NDP)
 • MP (Dauphin—Swan River—Marquette) Robert Sopuck (CPC)
Population (2011 Census)
 • Total 647
 • Density 258.8/km2 (670/sq mi)
 • Change 2006-11 Increase3.0%
Area code(s) 204
Demonym Winnipegosiser
Website Village of Winnipegosis

Winnipegosis is a village in Manitoba, Canada, with a population of 647 in 2011.[1]

History[edit]

The name "Winnipegosis" comes from the Cree word meaning “Little Muddy Water”,[2] a diminutive of Winnipeg, which means "Muddy Water". The Winnipegosis area was the site of the original Fort Dauphin, constructed by descendants of the French explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye, in the late 1700s.[2] The peak of the community's economic boom occurred during the settler-era fur trade and 1900s timber and fishing industries.[2]

The village was incorporated as a municipality on January 6, 1915.[2]

Winnipegosis is bordered by the Rural Municipality of Mossey River along with Lake Winnipegosis and the Mossey River.

Economy[edit]

Winnipegosis has an economy including restaurants, museums, gas stations, financial institutions, grocery stores, hair dressers, a pharmacy, nine-hole golf course and hardware store. The village also has a Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment, a volunteer fire department, and ambulance service.

The area is a popular place for hunting and fishing.[2] American black bear hunting is a growing industry in the Winnipegosis area and with its proximity to Lake Winnipegosis and many small surrounding lakes, it is a haven for migratory game birds and attracts many ducks and geese. There is both commercial and recreational fishing, as there are walleye and an assortment of other Manitoba freshwater fish.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006 Community Profiles - Census Subdivision
  2. ^ a b c d e Village of Winnipegosis - History