Carman, Manitoba

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Carman is located in Manitoba
Location in the province of Manitoba
Coordinates: 49°29′57″N 98°0′3″W / 49.49917°N 98.00083°W / 49.49917; -98.00083Coordinates: 49°29′57″N 98°0′3″W / 49.49917°N 98.00083°W / 49.49917; -98.00083
Country Canada
Province Manitoba
Region Pembina Valley
Census division 3
Settled 1870
Incorporated (town) January 1, 1905
 • Mayor Bob Mitchell
 • Land 4.31 km2 (1.66 sq mi)
Elevation 270 m (880 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 3,027
 • Density 702.4/km2 (1,819/sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code R0G 0J0
Area code(s) 204
Website Town of Carman

Carman is a small agricultural town of about 2,900 people that lies in the Pembina Valley Region of southern Manitoba. Carman is located at the junction of Highways 3 and 13, just 40 minutes southwest of Winnipeg (the capital city of Manitoba). It is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Dufferin. Carman is situated in the heart of a rich prairie agricultural belt, only 60 kilometres north from the American state of North Dakota.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1901 1,439 —    
1911 1,271 −11.7%
1921 1,591 +25.2%
1931 1,418 −10.9%
1941 1,455 +2.6%
1951 1,867 +28.3%
1961 1,930 +3.4%
1996 2,704 +40.1%
2001 2,831 +4.7%
2006 2,781 −1.8%
2011 3,027 +8.8%

Carman has several arts events. Each year in early August Carman holds the Carman Fiddle Festival, previously known as the Winston Simpson Fiddle Festival. In February (vocal/choral/speech arts and band/instrumental) and April (piano/strings and dance), Carman hosts the Tempo Festival of the Arts. This includes speech arts, strings, vocal, choral, piano and band classes in association with the Association of Manitoba Music Festivals. One of Manitoba's longest existing choral groups is the Sonatrice Singers. The group has been meeting and performing for over thirty years. This choir has earned bronze and silver at choralfest Canada as well as Manitoba Provincial honors. The current leader is Cindee Broeska with 40 singers. Their spring concert takes place in early May every year. In addition to this, the Sontrice Singers sing to support the Carman/area Christmas cheer board, Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life, seniors homes, hospitals, schools and other places.

Carman is home to a University of Manitoba campus as well as the high school Carman Collegiate

Large agricultural businesses include Aubin Nurseries (perennials, shurbs and trees), and Vanderveens Greenhouses, (annuals) both of which are large Canadian wholesalers of plants.


One of Canada's highest humidex readings on record was recorded in Carman in 2007 with an extreme high of 53 (127.4), but it fell just short of the Canadian all-time record of 53.4 from Castlegar, British Columbia. [4][5][6]

Health services[edit]

Carman is a part of the Southern Regional Health Authority.

Carman Memorial Hospital[edit]

The 28-bed Carman Memorial Hospital, located at 350 - 4th Street S.W. on the south edge of town, was built in 1982 and is served by six doctors, and staff of 75. It provides family medicine, a surgical program, pediatrics, obstetrics, a dietitian service, physiotherapy, diagnostics services, an internal medicine consultant and an in-house pharmacy.

There is a six-doctor Health Center in Carman as well.

Boyne Lodge[edit]

For the elderly and physically disabled, there is the 70-bed Boyne Lodge personal care home, with an attached housing unit for seniors. The members are well respected and kept well entertained with music, arts and crafts.

Emergency services[edit]

The Carman Fire Department has approximately 20 volunteer firefighters. The department coverage includes both the Town of Carman and the R.M. of Dufferin. The Fire Department is well stocked with 2 Fire Engines and a Rescue Unit including the "Jaws of Life".

Carman Ambulance is one of the 19 ambulance services within the Southern Regional Health Authority. There are 4 full-time and approximately 2 casual members. The service area covers about 600 square miles (1,600 km2) and includes the town of Carman, Elm Creek, Stephenfield, Graysville, Roland, Homewood and Sperling. There are 2 ambulances that are fully equipped to handle any medical or traumatic emergency. Coverage is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week by a very dedicated and professional staff that is highly trained in providing medical care and advanced life support to all in need.


Notable residents[edit]

  • Actor Jack Carson was born at 145 Main St. South in Carman in 1910
  • Carman is the home town of NHL star Eddie "The Eagle" Belfour
  • Kelly Hand, Canadian Olympic sailing coach, was born in Carman
  • Aviation inventor engineer Bob Diemert, subject of the documentary film The Defender


  1. ^ [1], Censuses 1871-1931
  2. ^ [2], Census 1941-1951
  3. ^ [3], Census 1961
  4. ^ "City error sends sewage into Winnipeg basements". CBC News. 2007-07-26. 
  5. ^ Weather Underground (2007-07-25). "History for Carman U of M, MN". Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  6. ^ Canadian Climate Normals 1971-2000

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