|Census Division||No. 18|
|• Governing Body||Rural Municipality of Eriksdale Council|
|• MP||James Bezan|
|• MLA||Thomas G. Nevakshonoff|
|Population (2011 Census)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC−6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC−5)|
|Postal Code||R0C 0W0|
For the rural municipality of the same name; see: Rural Municipality of Eriksdale.
Eriksdale is an unincorporated community located in the Interlake Region of central Manitoba, Canada, near the eastern shore of Lake Manitoba. The community is located on the crossroads of Highway 6 and Highway 68, approximately 118 km (73 mi) north of Winnipeg. It is part of the surrounding Rural Municipality of Eriksdale.
The first white settlers in the area now known as Eriksdale, were from Sweden and began arriving in 1905. They mostly arrived via Oak Point, which was the end of the rail line at the time.
Homesteaders Ben and Minerva Laird provided a stop off eating place known as Lairdsville after 1908. The community was named Eriksdale after the Jonas Erikson family who had owned land where Eriksdale was built. Homesteaders were promised good land and cheap prices, they instead found largely stony marshy land that was difficult to farm.
Those who stayed adapted and the land had plenty of game, fowl, fish, berries, good water, and wood for shelter and warmth. Entrepreneurs saw the opportunity for development of business to serve the homesteaders and soon roads were built along with schools and churches.
The R.M. of Eriksdale was formed in 1918.
Agriculture and its related businesses continue to be the major economic activity in the Western Interlake. The relatively low land prices, the ability of this land to produce high quality forage crops, the abundance of clean water, and the stable cattle prices have combined to make this area one of the best beef producing areas in the country. The major products produced in this region are agricultural products, specifically grain, hay, forage seed, livestock and PMU (Pregnant Mares Urine). The production of cattle is perhaps the most important agricultural sector in the Western Interlake. Cattle farmers in the R. M. of Eriksdale Agriculture District (the Agriculture District includes Eriksdale, Coldwell and St. Laurent) area managing approximately 44,917 cattle in 2001 of which 15,781 were beef and dairy cows. The majority of cattle produced locally are feeder cattle and are purchased by feedlots in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario and the United States. Veterinary clinics are located in Lundar and Ashern, providing services for small and large animals. The R. M. of Eriksdale reported $7,282,337 in Farm Cash Receipts in 2000.
The local fishing industry is very active during the winter months. Commercial fishing on Lake Manitoba remains a major source of income for some residents. The fishermen of Eriksdale bring their catch to one of the local co‑op's which act as regional marketing agents for the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation. They pack and send the fish to Winnipeg for processing.
The Eriksdale Consumers Co‑op was formed in the early 1950s. In January 2006 Arborg Co-op and Eriksdale Co-op amalgamated to form the Interlake Consumers Co-op. Presently there are approximately 1270 participating members. The Co‑op sells groceries, hardware, clothing, farm supplies and fuel.
The Eriksdale Credit Union Ltd. was established in 1972 with three employees. A new head office was completed in November, 1998. The 7,200 square foot building has a full service automated teller machine (ATM). Branches of the Eriksdale Credit Union Ltd.also had branches in Ashern and Moosehorn. In 2010 Eriksdale Credit Union Ltd. became Noventis Credit Union with branches in Arborg, Ashern, Fisher Branch, Gimli, Moosehorn, Riverton, and Winnipeg Beach.
Arts and culture
Eriksdale Winter Carnival is held annually mid. February. Events include a curling bonspeil, an ice show, and the crowning of the carnival queen.
The Corn Roast is held on the long weekend of September. The first corn roast was held in 1954 at Art and Lucy Lindell's barn. There was a Sat. night dance planned for Labour Day weekend, unfortunately there was a boxing match in community that night. After some convincing Art agreed to hold a Corn Roast instead. On Sunday evening the Corn Roast was held from 10p.m.-12p.m. with a midnight dance to follow. The event turned out to be a success and was held annually with around 400 admissions each year it was usually the last event of the season. The Corn Roast turned out to be profitable each year, the only problem was some years it was difficult to locate the 1,200 to 1,500 good corn cobs. There was plenty of food served each year including sandwiches, homemade bread & buns, garden tomatoes, pickles, cakes, cookies and coffee.
The Bull-O-Rama is held in October and features a rodeo with a cowboy social that night.
Eriksdale talent night is held every second year, with help from CFRY the night showcases local talent.
Creamery days are held on the third weekend in August. Fresh cheese & butter were the products made from the milk once delivered to the Eriksdale Museum the only complete creamery remaining today in Manitoba. the day features a parade, live entertainment, and a dance.
Eriksdale Dance Troupe Recital is held every Mother's Day weekend. Dance classes are taught by staff from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet every Monday at Eriksdale School. Classes begin in September and run until May of each year. The Eriksdale Dance Troupe was formed in 1999 and offers classes in Ballet, Tap and Jazz. Manitoba Hydro is a sponsor of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Satellite Program.
- "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2006 and 2001 censuses – 100% data". Statistics Canada, 2006 Census of Population. 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
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