Cartwright, Manitoba

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Flags and the war cenotaph in Cartwright with the Cartwright United Church in the background.
Flags and the war cenotaph in Cartwright with the Cartwright United Church in the background.
Official logo of Cartwright
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
RegionPembina Valley
Census DivisionNo. 4
 • Governing BodyCartwright-Roblin Municipal Council
 • MPLarry Maguire
 • MLACliff Cullen
Population (2011)
 • Total302
 • Density165.2/km2 (428/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Area code(s)204

Cartwright is an unincorporated urban community in the Cartwright – Roblin Municipality within the Canadian province of Manitoba that held village status prior to January 1, 2015. It was originally incorporated as a village on December 31, 1947.[1]


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.

Ponderosa Days, Cartwright's annual summer celebration, is held August long weekend and features the annual Ponderosa Days parade.


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.

The largest manufacturers in community are Rainbow Trailers and Canuck Trailers. Both companies are presently expanding their production. The Cartwright – Roblin Municipality and CDC also have two subdivisions in the process. These subdivisions were to be completed by the year 2014; which will create more than 50 affordable lots within Cartwright. 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.

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.[2] 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]

Clay Banks buffalo jump near Cartwright.
  • 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 Municipalities: Cartwright". The Manitoba Historical Society. December 13, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
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