Ashern, Manitoba

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Ashern
Ashern is located in Manitoba
Ashern
Ashern
Location of Ashern in Manitoba
Coordinates: 51°10′56″N 98°20′44″W / 51.18222°N 98.34556°W / 51.18222; -98.34556Coordinates: 51°10′56″N 98°20′44″W / 51.18222°N 98.34556°W / 51.18222; -98.34556
Country  Canada
Province  Manitoba
Region Interlake
Census Division No. 18
Government
 • Governing Body Rural Municipality of Siglunes Council
 • MP James Bezan
 • MLA Thomas G. Nevakshonoff
Time zone CST (UTC−6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC−5)
Postal Code R0C 0E0
Area code(s) 204
NTS Map 062O01
GNBC Code GABCU

Ashern (Canada 2006 Census population 639)[2] is an unincorporated community recognized as a local urban district[3] located in the Rural Municipality of Siglunes in Manitoba's Interlake Region. The RM of Siglunes was incorporated in 1917. Ashern was named after A. S. Hern, a timekeeper of the firm that constructed the railway that served the Western Interlake.

Today the RM supports the agriculture (mostly beef in addition to a few private pork/chicken farms), fishing, mineral extraction, recreation and tourism industries. The community of Ashern is the largest community in the RM and is a regional service centre to a trading area of approximately 8,000 people. As of 2014 highway work began resurfacing Highway #6 coming into Ashern is supposed to be finished by fall of 2015.

Activities[edit]

During the winter months, there are various sports to partake in: hockey, curling, figure skating, ringette, snowmobiling, ice-fishing and cross country skiing. Different levels of most team sports exist to accommodate the wide range of ages that play them. Ashern has an indoor skating rink and a curling rink, both with artificial ice. Summer sports include: baseball, water sports, swimming, and other games such as horseshoes. Ashern has a nine-hole golf course with grass greens, watered fairways and a licensed clubhouse.

Ashern has a community hall, an Elk’s Hall and a Royal Canadian Legion Hall that cater to a wide variety of events and community groups. Wedding socials, bingos, dances, and Christmas concerts are some of the things that go on throughout the year.

The local beaches boast fine sand and clear, clean water. Lake Manitoba Narrows Lodge and Silver Bay are popular places for local cottage owners and seasonal campers. These areas are privately owned, although camping is available by reservation for the Lake Manitoba Narrows Lodge. Lake Manitoba has many sand bars which are ideal for children.

The Ashern Museum is open during the summer months and contains several buildings which house pioneer displays and artifacts.

The fall months are welcomed by avid hunters as the Siglunes region is a hunter's paradise. It hosts the Annual Ashern Rodeo during the Labour Day weekend. A Street Dance, Fireworks, Parade and Rodeo Social are also a part of Labour Day Weekend in Ashern, as well as the Ashern Horse Show. The Ashern Hornets is the hockey team that plays in the SIHL (South Interlake Hockey League). Ashern is the hometown of the former NHL player Chuck Arnason as well as actor Adam Beach. Ashern is about two hours north of Winnipeg. The (Grade 5-12) high school is the largest in the division. It also has an elementary school (Kindergarten- Grade 4), recently built daycare, and a hospital serving the region.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Ashern
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 8.3
(46.9)
9
(48)
16.1
(61)
33
(91)
37
(99)
36.5
(97.7)
35.6
(96.1)
37.5
(99.5)
36.7
(98.1)
26.5
(79.7)
18.3
(64.9)
8
(46)
37.5
(99.5)
Average high °C (°F) −13.3
(8.1)
−9.4
(15.1)
−1.6
(29.1)
9.6
(49.3)
18.1
(64.6)
22.5
(72.5)
25.3
(77.5)
23.8
(74.8)
17
(63)
9.8
(49.6)
−1.6
(29.1)
−11.2
(11.8)
7.4
(45.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) −19.3
(−2.7)
−15.8
(3.6)
−7.8
(18)
3
(37)
11
(52)
15.7
(60.3)
18.4
(65.1)
16.9
(62.4)
10.8
(51.4)
4.5
(40.1)
−6
(21)
−16.5
(2.3)
1.3
(34.3)
Average low °C (°F) −25.2
(−13.4)
−22.1
(−7.8)
−13.9
(7)
−3.6
(25.5)
4
(39)
8.8
(47.8)
11.5
(52.7)
10
(50)
4.6
(40.3)
−0.8
(30.6)
−10.4
(13.3)
−21.7
(−7.1)
−4.9
(23.2)
Record low °C (°F) −47.2
(−53)
−46.1
(−51)
−39.5
(−39.1)
−33
(−27)
−10.6
(12.9)
−4
(25)
−0.6
(30.9)
−3.5
(25.7)
−9.5
(14.9)
−20.5
(−4.9)
−39.5
(−39.1)
−45.6
(−50.1)
−47.2
(−53)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 17.1
(0.673)
12.8
(0.504)
23.5
(0.925)
28.9
(1.138)
50.2
(1.976)
87.4
(3.441)
61.1
(2.406)
80.7
(3.177)
60.8
(2.394)
38.2
(1.504)
21.7
(0.854)
17.5
(0.689)
499.9
(19.681)
Source: Environment Canada[4]

World's largest sharptail grouse[edit]

Ashern is also the home the world's largest sharptail grouse. Constructed to commemorate the Ashern "One Box Hunt" that was the world's premiere sharptail hunt.

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