After two years of hard work, an abundance of volunteerism and extensive community support, the Somerset Lorne Citizens Museum officially opened its doors on May 31st, 2014! Held in a building which used to be a bank, the museum will now hold artifacts, pictures, and items of our ancestors, to help keep the past alive for the current and future generations.
Visitors are welcome to tour the museum. Their hours for the months of June through August are 10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday.
Centre d’interpretation Saint-Leon
The Centre d’interprétation Saint-Léon Interpretive Centre, built in 2004, is a great tourist spot! Inside, you will learn about the Wind Farm, the Tiger Salamander which calls the area home, along with information about the many bird species found here. Outside, is a blade and the shell of a nacelle from the wind farm. An observation tower along the walk around Round Lake, part of the Trans Canada Trail that spreads across the Municipality, offers the opportunity to observe water fowl and resident birds. A Hybrid Poplar tree plantation is adjacent to the Centre. It will be easy to spot the Centre with its brightly colored mural covering the face of the building, painted by local artist, Hubert Theroux. And if one day just isn’t long enough, there is also full service camping available!
For hours of operation and other information, check out their website at www.cistleon.com.
St. Leon Wind Farm
“Wind is the fastest growing energy source in the world. Wind is also a resource Manitoba has in abundance, and it is putting the town of St. Leon on the environmental map as the site of the province’s first and one of Canada’s largest wind farms.” – Province of Manitoba
The town of St. Leon, Manitoba is a farming community of approximately 120 residents and is located 150 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg. Fifty landowners in the region participated in numerous community meetings and worked with Algonquin Power to make the privately owned wind farm in St. Leon a reality. The wind farm is situated on the Pembina Escarpment, which rises above the surrounding plains, exposing the turbines to the prevailing prairie winds. It is located only 3 kilometres from a Manitoba Hydro transmission line and substation at its nearest point. This is the interconnection point for the electricity to enter the transmission grid. It is also very near a railway line, which facilitates transport. (Manitoba 2008) St. Leon’s wind farm consists of 63 1.65 MW Vestas V82 wind turbine-generators for a total installed capacity of 99 MW. The arctic model is used for the turbines to accommodate Manitoba’s winter climate. (Algonquin Power) The 63 turbines occupy over 93 square kilometres of land and produce enough electricity to meet the energy needs of approximately 35,000 homes. To put this in perspective, that it approximately the size of the City of Brandon.
Wind resource and environmental assessments for the St. Leon project took place from 2002 to 2004. In the first phase of construction and at a cost of $46.1 million, 12 turbines were installed on the site. At the same time, access roads were built and transmission lines were put in place. These turbines began producing electricity in the second quarter of 2005. Upon having established financial viability with the first 12 turbines, construction on the second phase began at a cost of $134 million. Fifty-one turbines were installed during this phase and they began producing electricity in the first quarter of 2006. (Integration of Renewable energy on Farms)
Algonquin Power has a Power Purchase Agreement with the St. Leon Wind Farm for 25 years, which expires in 2030. They entered into an agreement with 50 local landowners, paying them an annual rent of $0.62 per MW produced from each turbine. In addition, the developer reimbursed these landowners for any damage done to their fields or crops during construction of the wind farm.Source: http://www.arch.umanitoba.ca/greenmap/pages/ES_StLeonWind/pages/2.htm
Trans Canada Trail
The Trans Canada Trail is one of the world’s longest networks of trails, developed and promoted by a non-profit registered charity. The Trans Canada Trail in Manitoba is 1467km long, of which 1368km (92%) is connected. They are busy at work on the remaining segments in order to connect the Trail for Canadians on their 150th birthday in 2017.
When completed, the Trail will stretch nearly 24,000 kilometres from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, linking 1,000 communities, including the RM of Lorne.
Today, nearly 17,000 kilometres of Trail have been developed. Millions of Canadians and international visitors are using the Trail to hike, cycle, ski, horseback ride, canoe and snowmobile. The Trans Canada Trail offers countless opportunities to explore Canada’s diverse landscapes and rich history.
The Pembina Manitou Archive
The Pembina Manitou Culture and Heritage Committee is a group of volunteers who are interested in the preservation and accessibility of our community’s heritage. This committee works alongside the Pembina Manitou Log House Tourism Centre Committee to promote an awareness of our community’s heritage. The committee works under the auspices of the Town of Manitou.
Visit their site at http://pembinamanitouarchive.ca/ and gain access to thousands of documents and pictures of our community’s heritage.
- Altamont Community
- Mariapolis Catholic
- St. Alphonse Catholic
- St. Leon
- Bruxelles Cemetery
- Beaconsfield Cemetery
- St. Barnabas Anglican Cemetery
- St. Lupicin Roman Catholic Cemetery
- St. Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery
- Somerset Catholic Cemetery
- Somerset Anglican
- Swan Lake Anglican
- Swan Lake Aboriginal Cemetery
- Swan Lake Presbyterian Cemetery
- Swan Lake Roman Catholic Cemetery
- Notre Dame de Lourdes Roman Catholic New Cemetery
- Notre Dame de Lourdes Roman Catholic Old Cemetery