From its historical and ancient beginnings through to modern times the Winnipeg River has played a significant part in the lives of the people who live near and travel on it. It is the significance of the Winnipeg River, the interaction of the River with the people, and the ultimate impact on the history of Canadian settlement, which is the primary focus of the Winnipeg River Heritage Museum. Part of the impetus for this development is to allow the communities to benefit through economic growth and revitalization that would be associated with a facility of this kind. Our goal is to open to the public in summer 2019.
Musée Saint-Georges Museum sits on the edge of the Winnipeg River on land donated by one of the first Quebec homesteaders on the river. The museum has been an institution in the community for generations. It is the repository of family memories and community stories. The St-Georges Historical Society Inc. Board of Directors was in the process of redeveloping its exhibits when disaster struck in May 2014. The central block of the museum burned to the ground. A wealth of artifacts were lost in the fire but many were saved.
Today the Winnipeg River Heritage Museum board is rebuilding the museum based on the refocused theme that tells a more complete story of the region. This theme is:
Nous, les gens de la rivière!
We are the people of the river.
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The new Winnipeg River Heritage Museum will provide access to the rich cultural history of the area along the Winnipeg River Corridor and tell the story of the people of the Winnipeg River.
For centuries the Winnipeg River was an important east-west trade and travel route, first for the First Nations and later the fur trade. It was a dangerous route with fast moving water and huge waterfalls to portage around. Its wild beauty, rich resources and well established travel route, made the Winnipeg River a natural place for communities to put down roots. Cree and Ojibway, and later the employees of fur trading families like the La Vérendryes, made the Winnipeg River their home. The river became one of just a few major routes into what would eventually become Manitoba.
The Winnipeg River is widely recognized and sought for its historic significance and attractions and strives to become a Regional Destination Attraction as one of Canada’s Heart Beats. Community pride in our heritage fuels a collective passion to promote the area and its diverse history of how life developed along the Winnipeg River through its rich story telling including photos, exhibits, and interactive programming.
The Winnipeg River has a significant, and often unsung, place in the story of Manitoba.
Trade posts such as Fort Bas de la rivière, Fort Maurepas and Fort Alexander drew adventurous Easterners and Europeans. Missionaries like Father Joachim Allard stationed at Fort Alexander, encouraged Quebec families to come settle here on “the most picturesque spot on the Winnipeg River,” which would become Saint-Georges. As communities grew along the Winnipeg River, the people enjoyed the natural resources it had to offer. Fishing and forestry became staples along with farming.
The Winnipeg River played a pivotal role in the settlement of the western part of Canada. Prior to the “fur trade” and the arrival of the European settlers, the Winnipeg River was a key component to the travel and commerce of the Aboriginal peoples who populated the areas around the River and stretching to the shores of Lake Winnipeg and farther to the west, the south and the north. It also brought the peoples of north western Ontario in contact with the people of Lake Winnipeg, just as in later years it was to become the primary fur trade to and from the East, providing access to the shores of Lake Winnipeg and the land beyond in all directions.
The Winnipeg River Heritage Museum would like to formally invite you to join us, because museum memberships are finally available!
WRHM Member Benefits:
- Unlimited free admissions for 12 months
- Free admission to special exhibitions
- Invitation to exhibition previews & members-only events
- 10% discount in Gift Shop
- Advance booking for special events, programs, camps, and more
Membership is more than just a free visit — it’s a worthwhile investment in yourself, your loved ones, and your community. It means you are taking action to preserve the history of the Winnipeg River region. It shows that you are an advocate for local culture, heritage, and arts. It shows us that you care and want to engage.
Membership dues will support the development of cultural experiences and programs that add to the enrichment of community life. They will help to ensure the success of this budding cultural resource, especially important in its first operating year since the 2014 fire.
- $40.00 – Individual
- $35.00 – Senior (65+ years)
- $35.00 – Student (7 – 18 years)
- $65.00 – Family (Two adults & four children)
Q: How do I become an early-bird member?
A: Fill out our Membership Application Form (can also be found in print at the St-Georges CDC office). Submit your application by mail or in person (contact details below). Stay tuned for updated membership information once the museum doors are open.
Q: Can I give a membership as a gift?
A: Yes! Follow the same procedure as above, but provide the name and contact details of the intended giftee.
Q: If I purchase an early-bird membership, when will it take effect?
A: Your membership will be activated on the museum’s opening day and will be valid for a full 12 months.
Q: How else can I get involved with the WRHM?
A: We would love you to get involved with us! Apply to be a volunteer, or make a donation to the museum. We accept donations in person, by mail, and online through Canada Helps. Your generosity is sincerely appreciated!
2 McDougall Ave.
PO Box 171
St-Georges, MB, R0E 1V0
Thank you for your generous support
- Cultural Spaces of Canada
- Province of Manitoba
- RM of Alexander
- Diane & Edgar Dubé
- Estate of Jean Dupont
- Community Places
- Manitoba Metis Federation
- St-Georges Community Club
- Thomas Sill Foundation
- Hometown Manitoba
- St-Georges Community Development Corporation
- Broke & Busted
- Caisse Groupe Financier
- Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage
- Ronald Vincent
- Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries
- Heavenly Pines
- Conseil de Dévelopment Économique des Municipalités Bilingues du Manitoba (CDEM)
- Manitoba Hydro
- Vincent Family Reunion
- Gil & Joan Hallgrimson
- Drew & Marie Foss
- Sylvio Vincent
- Broken Beau Historical Society
- Darrell Tarrant
- Chicken Chef
- National Leasing
- Ubald & Angelique Fisette in Memory of Eugenie Vincent
- École Communautaire St-Georges
- Brandon Museum
- Mike Boulet
- Eugenie Vincent
- Doris Lemoine
- Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries
- Roger & Joanne Bouvier in Memory of Eugenie Vincent
- Paul & Pauline Bourgeois in Memory of Eugenie Vincent
- Cecile Alarie-Skene
- Norma & Claude Michaud
- Beverley Richard
- V&O Enterprises
- Maurice Nault
- Bev Dubé
- Ubald Fisette
- Maurice Jeanneau
- Antoinette Vincent in Memory of Eugenie Vincent
- Yvonne Chevrefils in Memory of Eugenie Vincent
- Ella Boulet in Memory of Eugenie Vincent
- Jeanine Lambert in Memory of Eugenie Vincent
- Gil Hallgrimson, President
- Mike Boulet, Past President
- Laurette Sundstrom, Vice-President
- Diane Dubé, Treasurer
- Nicki Blatz, Secretary
- Daniel Boulet
- David Parker
- Linda Desrosiers
- Ken Courchene
- Nicole Coss
- Sherry Meade