Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Manitoba

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Notre Dame de Lourdes is an unincorporated community recognized as a local urban district[1] that also once held village status in Manitoba, Canada. It is located within the Municipality of Lorne in Central Plains Region, 100 km southwest of Winnipeg. The community had a population of 683 inhabitants in the 2011 census, an increase of 16.0% from the 589 inhabitants during the 2006 census.[2]

The community's name (English: Our Lady of Lourdes) is a reference to the Marian apparition that is said to have appeared before various individuals in separate occasions around Lourdes, France.


The site of Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes lies in Ojibwa country. Canadian pioneer explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de la Vérendrye traveled through the area in 1738 while seeking to establish a route to the western oceans.

The first settlers, from present-day Quebec, arrived in the 1880s. The post office was established in 1892 on 36-6-9W. Father Dom Benoît became the parish's first priest after arriving with French and Swiss immigrants. He also established a seminary of the Canons Regulaires with about 30 students but changes to the rules from Rome caused its dissolution.

A CNR railway point was established in 1912.

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  • Geographic Names of Manitoba (pg. 195) - the Millennium Bureau of Canada

Coordinates: 49°31′59″N 98°33′28″W / 49.53306°N 98.55778°W / 49.53306; -98.55778