Cartwright, Manitoba

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Cartwright is located in Manitoba
Location of Sperling in Manitoba
Coordinates: 49°09′38″N 99°34′15″W / 49.16056°N 99.57083°W / 49.16056; -99.57083Coordinates: 49°09′38″N 99°34′15″W / 49.16056°N 99.57083°W / 49.16056; -99.57083
Country  Canada
Province  Manitoba
Region Pembina Valley
Census Division No. 4
 • Governing Body Cartwright-Roblin Municipal Council
 • MP Larry Maguire
 • MLA Cliff Cullen
 • Total 302 (2,011)
 • Density 165.2/km2 (428/sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC−6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC−5)
Area code(s) 204

Cartwright (49°05′44″N 99°20′24″W / 49.09556°N 99.34000°W / 49.09556; -99.34000, CST) is a former village in southwestern Manitoba, Canada that is located within the Cartwright – Roblin Municipality which was formed January 1, 2015 and comprises the former Village of Cartwright and Rural Municipality of Roblin, both in the Canadian province of Manitoba. The urban partner was originally incorporated as a village in 1948 and the rural partner was originally incorporated as a rural municipality on November 15, 1902.[1] It ceased on January 1, 2015 as a result of its provincially mandated amalgamation with the Village of Cartwright to form the Cartwright – Roblin Municipality.[2]


Situated along the Badger Creek, the original location of Cartwright (also known as the Badger, or Old Cartwright) was established in 1879 by pioneers following the Boundary Commission Trail. Old Cartwright began on two townsites, one owned by P.C. McKibbin, the other by J.C. Waugh. The two men admired Sir Richard Cartwright and agreed to name their communities "Cartwright."

Waugh's land, being directly on the Boundary Commission Trail, became the area truly considered Cartwright.

In 1885, the location of Cartwright was moved 3.2 kilometres south to its present location to coincide with the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway line through that area.

About Cartwright[edit]

Cartwright was named after politician and businessman Sir Richard Cartwright, by first settlers P.C. McKibbon and J.C. Waugh. Cartwright's original location was along the Badger Creek and the Boundary Commission Trail and was known as the Badger, about two miles north of where it is today. Cartwright moved to its current location in 1885 with the building of the railway through this area. The community of Cartwright is located at the corner of Highway #5 and Highway #3 in the RM of Roblin, within the Province of Manitoba, in Canada. Cartwright has all the amenities needed for communities to prosper; many businesses and local services necessary for rural living: bank, library, two grocery stores, two gas stations, a post office, community hall, school for grades 1-12, a -new daycare facility for children 0–6 years old (built in 2013), modern curling and skating rink facility (built in 2009), golf course, ball fields, seniors drop-in-center, three restaurants, hotel, dental technician laboratory, insurance company, health center, lumber yard, auto service, computer service and more.

Ponderosa Days, Cartwright's annual summer celebration, is held August long weekend and features the annual Ponderosa Days parade, Slo-Pitch baseball tournament, Ranch Rodeo, Sunday night steak fry, children's activities and a very good display of fireworks.


Manitoba Pool Elevator and Federal Elevator in 1985, Cartwright.

Primarily a farming community, Cartwright also hosts truss rafter manufacturing, trailer manufacturing plants and "Ready To Move" or "RTM" house construction — homes that are built in one location and moved by road to their final destination. The community boasts a huge manufacturing industry. There are over 15 major manufacturers, who employ more than 100 workers, and are willing to continue to hire skilled labour.

The largest manufacturers in community are Rainbow Trailers and Canuck Trailers. Both companies are presently expanding their production. Not only there is employment to maintain growth and success, at present time there is also sufficient affordable housing in the community and area. The Cartwright – Roblin Municipality and CDC also have two subdivisions in the process. These subdivisions will be completed within a year 2014; which will create more than 50 affordable lots within Cartwright. Like affordable housing, working parents need accessible, affordable child care services to maintain employment and make significant contributions to local economy.

Mixed farming is most common in the Cartwright area. Crops commonly harvested include wheat, barley, oats, canola, and flax, as well as some sunflower and peas.


Recreation in Cartwright, Mather & R. M. of Roblin includes: Library, Public Skating, Hockey, Figure Skating at Mac Robinson Community Center, Public Skating at Mather Rink, Curling at Catwright curling club, Golfing at Cartwright Town & Country Golf Club (golf course), Baseball, softball at Waldie Ball Field, Swimming, paddling pond, BBQ's, picnic areas and changing facilities at Badger Creek Park, Swimming, fishing, boating, sailing, camping and hiking at Rock Lake, Camping, playground, museums at Heritage Park, Corner Pocket billiards, Groomed snowmobile trails, Nature trail at Rock Lake, Hunting, Fishing, Variety of courses and activities sponsored by the Recreation Commission, Vocal and instrumental tuition, 4H programs, Exercise and work out at the Arena Fitness Center and more.

Southern Manitoba Review[edit]

The local newspaper, the Review, was started in 1899 by Robert J.C. Stead; in 1904 the paper was renamed The Southern Manitoba Review.[3] In 1908 the paper was taken over by Stead's brothers-in-law, D.J. and Will Wallace. The newspaper is still in the Wallace family.

Places of interest[edit]

The Clay Banks buffalo jump
  • The Clay Banks (buffalo jump), a site about 2,500 years old, used by Sonata and Besant First Nations as a hunting tool. Hunters would stampede American Bison over these cliffs, later carving up the animal carcasses below for use as food, tools, and clothing.
  • Heritage Park Museums, a collection of historic buildings including a shoe repair shop, post office, Manitoba Telephone System building, and a single-room school house. Each building contains a collection of artifacts relating to the building's former use.
  • Blacksmith Museum, a fully restored and working blacksmith's shop. Opened upon request.
  • Badger Creek Crossing Cairn, marking the original site of Old Cartwright.
  • Cartwright Town & Country Golf Club, a 9-hole golf course.
  • Rock Lake Beach, approximately 18 km north of Cartwright, features lots for cabins, fishing, boating and other water recreation.

Neighbouring communities[edit]


  1. ^ "Manitoba’s Municipal History: Rural Municipalities and Local Government Districts". The Manitoba Historical Society. September 21, 2014. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Manitoba’s Municipal History: Municipal Amalgamations (2015)". The Manitoba Historical Society. December 1, 2014. Retrieved January 2, 2015. 
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