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Manitou, Manitoba

Coordinates: 49°14′26″N 98°32′12″W / 49.24056°N 98.53667°W / 49.24056; -98.53667
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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; -98.53667
RegionPembina Valley
Census DivisionNo. 4
 • MPBranden Leslie
 • MLADoyle Piwniuk
 • Land3.36 km2 (1.30 sq mi)
 • Total812
 • Density249.9/km2 (647/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−06:00 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−05:00 (CDT)
Postal Code
R0G 1G0
Area code204
NTS Map062G02

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. The community's motto is "More Than A Small Town". The community is adjacent to PTH 3 and PR 244. Manitou is located near Mennonite communities such as Winkler, Manitoba and is right next to the St. Leon Wind Farm, the largest wind farm in Manitoba and one of the largest in Canada.[2]


In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Manitou had a population of 812 living in 363 of its 379 total private dwellings, a change of -3.3% from its 2016 population of 840. With a land area of 3.38 km2 (1.31 sq mi), it had a population density of 240.2/km2 (622.2/sq mi) in 2021.[3]


Manitou had a weekly newspaper, the Western Canadian which was founded in March 1900 and ran until April 2023 when it was merged with the Pilot Mound Sentinel Courier to form the Hometown View.[4]

Arts and culture[edit]

Built in 1930, in the Arts and Crafts movement style, the Manitou Opera House is a local heritage landmark known for its unique acoustics. In 2007, Winnipeg folk musician Christine Fellows recorded parts of her album Nevertheless in the Manitou Opera House. It is booked for over 200 events per year.[5]

Two historic houses associated with writer and activist Nellie McClung were renovated and relocated to the town in 2017 and reopened as museums.[6]


Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Profile table, Census Profile". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022.
  2. ^ Manitoba Hydro (2011). "St. Leon Wind Farm" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 30, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  3. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada and designated places". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved September 3, 2022.
  4. ^ "MHS Centennial Business: Manitou Western Canadian". Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved March 18, 2024.
  5. ^ "History". Manitou Opera House. Retrieved August 20, 2022.
  6. ^ Redekop, Bill (September 7, 2017). "Home, at last". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved September 11, 2017.

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