List of former counties of Manitoba
In 1875, provision was made for a majority of the electors in a judicial county to petition to have it organized for municipal purposes. By 1881, the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba passed legislation to redivide the entire Province into municipal counties, as a consequence of its enlargement.
The Municipal Act, 1886 listed the counties of Manitoba as follows:
|Number||County||United County||Rural Municipalities||Cities/Towns|
|1||Lisgar||Lisgar, Plessis, and Gimli||St. Andrews', St. Clements'||East Selkirk, Selkirk|
|2||Gimli||Lisgar, Plessis, and Gimli||Gimli, Rockwood|
|3||Plessis||Lisgar, Plessis, and Gimli||Plessis|
|5||Manchester||Douglas, Franklin, Montcalm||Emerson, West Lynne|
|6||Carillon||La Broquerie, Hanover, De Salaberry|
|8||La Verandrye||Hespeler, Ste. Anne, Taché|
|9||D'Iberville||Cartier, Macdonald, St. Norbert|
|10||Selkirk||Assiniboia, Kildonan, Springfield, St. Boniface, St. Paul, Varennes||St. Boniface, Winnipeg|
|11||Marquette||Marquette and Fairford||Belcourt, St. François Xavier, Woodlands|
|12||Fairford||Marquette and Fairford||Fairford, Posen, St. Laurent|
|13||Dufferin||Carleton, Dufferin, Rhineland||Nelson|
|14||Portage la Prairie||Elm River, Portage la Prairie||Portage la Prairie|
|15||Norfolk||North Cypress, North Norfolk, South Cypress, South Norfolk|
|16||Rock Lake||Argyle, Derby, Lorne, Louise||Pilot Mound|
|18||Beautiful Plains||Glendale, Osprey, Lansdowne, Rosedale|
|19||Riding Mountain||Minnedosa and Riding Mountain||Riding Mountain|
|20||Minnedosa||Minnedosa and Riding Mountain||Blanchard [sic], Clanwilliam, Harrison, Odanah, Saskatchewan, Strathclair||Minnedosa, Rapid City|
|21||Brandon||Cornwallis, Daly, Elton, Glenwood, Oakland, Whitehead||Brandon|
|22||Turtle Mountain||Deloraine, Riverside, Turtle Mountain, Whitewater|
|23||Souris River||Arthur, Brenda, Inchiquin, Medora|
|24||Dennis||Sifton, Pipestone, Wallace, Woodworth|
|25||Shoal Lake||Shoal Lake and Russell||Archie, Birtle, Boulton, Ellice, Miniota, Oak River, Shoal Lake|
|26||Russell||Shoal Lake and Russell||Rossburn, Russell, Shell River, Silver Creek|
County No. 4 (Varennes), created in 1881, occupied that part of Manitoba around Rat Portage, in an area disputed with Ontario. It was abolished subsequent to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council's decision in 1884 to award the territory to Ontario, later confirmed by the Canada (Ontario Boundary) Act 1889.
- Schofield, Frank Howard (1913). "XLI - The Extension of the Boundaries". The Story of Manitoba. I. Winnipeg: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co. pp. 341–350.
- An Act respecting County Municipalities, S.M. 1875, c. 41
- An Act to divide the Province of Manitoba into counties, S.M. 1881, c. 14
- An Act to provide for the extension of the boundaries of the Province of Manitoba, S.C. 1881, c. 14
- An Act respecting the Boundaries of Municipalities in the Province of Manitoba, S.M. 1890, c. 55
- S.M. 1890, c. 55, s. 87
- The Manitoba Municipal Act, 1886, S.M. 1886, c. 52, s. 4
- S.M. 1886, c. 52, s. 28
- Schofield 1913, p. 348.
- "Order of Her Majesty in Council on the Reference as to Boundaries". August 11, 1884.
- Canada (Ontario Boundary) Act 1889. Wikisource.