Manitou, Manitoba

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St. Andrew's United Church in Manitou, constructed in 1901.
St. Andrew's United Church in Manitou, constructed in 1901.
Manitou is located in Manitoba
Location of Manitou in Manitoba
Manitou is located in Canada
Manitou (Canada)
Coordinates: 49°14′26″N 98°32′12″W / 49.24056°N 98.53667°W / 49.24056; -98.53667Coordinates: 49°14′26″N 98°32′12″W / 49.24056°N 98.53667°W / 49.24056; -98.53667
RegionPembina Valley
Census DivisionNo. 4
 • MPCandice Hoeppner
 • MLABlaine Pedersen
 • Land3.36 km2 (1.30 sq mi)
 • Total840
 • Density249.9/km2 (647/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−06:00 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−05:00 (CDT)
Postal Code
R0G 1G0
Area code(s)204
NTS Map062G02
WebsiteMunicipality of Pembina

Manitou is an unincorporated urban community in the Municipality of Pembina within the Canadian province of Manitoba that held town status prior to January 1, 2015. The Boundary Trail Railway is based in Manitou.


It had a population of 775 at the time of the 2001 census. Manitou has a weekly newspaper, the Western Canadian. The community's motto is "More Than A Small Town". The community is shaped like a right-angle triangle with PTH 3 forming the base, PR 244 forming the vertical part, and Front Avenue forming the hypotenuse.

Manitou is surrounded by Mennonite communities and is right next to the St. Leon Wind Farm, the largest wind farm in Manitoba and one of the largest in Canada.[2]

Manitou Opera House[edit]

In 2007, Winnipeg folk musician Christine Fellows recorded parts of her album Nevertheless in the Manitou Opera House, a local heritage landmark known for its unique acoustics.

Notable people[edit]

Manitou is known for having been the home of social activist Nellie McClung. Two houses Nellie lived in were renovated and relocated to the town in 2017.[3] Robert Ironside owned and operated businesses in the community starting in the 1880s. Thelma Forbes, a politician, was born and raised in Manitou.


  1. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses - 100% data". Statistics Canada, 2011 Census of Population. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  2. ^ Manitoba Hydro (2011). "St. Leon Wind Farm" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 30, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Redekop, Bill (7 September 2017). "Home, at last". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 11 September 2017.