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Southwest Region

A Francophone presence for more than 200 years

Manitoba’s southwest region stretches from the Red River Valley to the small francophone community of St. Lazare near the Saskatchewan border, and includes the Pembina Valley region and the Métis community of St. Laurent, on the shores of Lake Manitoba. The area boasts some of the most fertile farmland in the province. Picture endless fields of golden wheat stretched out under a vast azure sky… a breathtaking scene that is typical of this magnificent region so rich in agriculture and history.

This area has witnessed a strong francophone presence for nearly 200 years. The prairies of the Red River Valley were the staging area for the great Métis buffalo hunts. The Pembina Valley region drew countless European settlers and was immortalized in La Route d’Altamont, a collection of writings by the acclaimed Manitoba author, Gabrielle Roy.

Barnay's Restaurant & Lounge

Licensed restaurant, VLTs More »

Mon. to Fri. from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Sat. from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Sun. from 09:00 a.m. to 08:00 p.m.
French spoken upon request

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(204) 737-2249

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Bastille Day

July 14, 2018 The community of St. Claude is proud of its French roots. It should therefore come as no surprise that area residents have been celebrating the French national holiday for more than a... More »

July 14, 2018
Documentation available in French

St. Claude

www.stclaude.ca

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Café Capricorne

Licensed family restaurant. More »

Every day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
French spoken upon request

(204) 248-2012

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Carelsfield Inn Bed & Breakfast

The historic Carelsfields Inn is the former St. Gerard Parish Rectory in Bruxelles, Manitoba. The owner lives offsite so the guest house is completely private. More »

65 Church St BRUXELLES, MB R0G 0G0

(204) 526-7430

http://carelsfieldinn.webs.com/

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Cheyenne Summer Fest

July 20 and 21, 2018 Every year, this charming francophone community in the Red River Valley hosts Cheyenne Day, a country fair for the whole family, featuring a pancake breakfast, horseshoe... More »

July 20 and 21, 2018
Documentation available in French

Ste-Agathe

steagathe.ca

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Dac's Drive Inn

Restaurant that offers a varied menu, including salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, fries, fried fish, etc. More »

March to October
Monday to Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to midnight, Sunday. from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
French spoken at all times

103, 3rd St., R0G 2L0

(204) 744-2035

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Fort Ellice and Beaver House Monument

This monument, located at the junction of the Assiniboine and Qu’Appelle Rivers 2 km southeast of Saint-Lazare, lies on the former site of old Fort Ellice, which was once a major fur trading... More »

Open Year Round
By appointment only
Documentation available in French

(204) 683-2252

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Gabrielle-Roy Museum

The Gabrielle-Roy Museum contains a collection of objects that once belonged to the Roy family, as well as letters written by Gabrielle Roy. There is also a large triptych which depicts the life and... More »

Open year round
Tues. & Thurs., 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sat., 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (hours may vary during the summer)
Documentation available in French

289 Carlton Avenue, Somerset, MB, R0G 2L0

(204) 744-2170

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Gîte Maison Près de la Rouge Bed & Breakfast

A peaceful, rural haven located near the banks of the Red River where you can experience the quiet side of franco-manitoban culture. More »

Year round
French spoken at all times

425 Lemoine Street, R0G 1Y0

(204) 822-2493 or 1-866-295-8046

www.gitemaisonpresdelarouge.com

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Haywood Country Store

Located in Haywood on Hwy 2 near St. Claude, Haywood Country Store offers a catering service and is also a restaurant that specializes in French Canadian home cooking, as well as offering other... More »

mon. to fri., 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
French spoken at all times

(204) 379-2000

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Hotel Letellier Restaurant

Licensed restaurant, family dining, with a beer vendor and lounge. More »

Year round
7:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m.
French spoken at all times

26, 1 St East

(204) 737-2630

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Louis Riel Day Celebrations

The St. Lazare community celebrates its Métis roots during its Louis Riel Day celebrations. Activities include tobogganing, a Barouche (Métis card game) tournament, bannock, and a local... More »

February 18 and 19, 2017
Documentation available in French

204 683-2536
204 683-2296

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Mama Lou's Encore

Family restaurant, in an old barn décor with antiques. Canadian cuisine, with a catering service during the weekends (specialties prepared upon request). More »

Mon. to Fri., 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
French spoken at all times

220 Cypress Ave., St. Claude, MB, R0G 1Z0

(204) 379-2727

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Manipogo Festival

In March, the St. Laurent Métis community invites us to celebrate the end of the ice-fishing season. The Manipogo Festival, named after Lake Manitoba’s famous serpentine monster... More »

Documentation available in French

www.festivalmanipogo.ca/

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Manitoba Dairy Museum/St. Claude Museum

Learn all about dairy production at the Manitoba Dairy Museum. The latter features over 2,000 artifacts and is housed in a number of buildings, one of these being the town’s old Canadian... More »

From 15th May until 15th September
Tue to Fri. from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
French spoken at all times

164 Jobin Avenue, R0G 1Z0

(204) 379-2156 or (204) 379-2228

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Meindl Beach and Sand Piper Park

This beautiful beach on Lake Manitoba is an outstanding place for windsurfing! The spectacular sunsets that can be seen from the beach are a favourite subject for amateur photographers. Several... More »

Open from May to October
Documentation available in French

(204) 646-2259 (Municipal Offices)

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Metis Days

August 3-5, 2018 St. Laurent is a proud Metis town with one of the largest metis populations in North America. Each year, Metis Days promotes this unique metis culture. Highlights of the celebration... More »

August 3-5, 2018
Documentation available in French

St. Laurent

204 646-2467
204 646-2680

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Montcalm Heritage Festival

Come celebrate St.Joseph's agricultural heritage! Fun-filled activities include: pancake breakfast, visit of the museum, parade, petting zoo, and music by Manitoba artists. All activities are free. More »

June 9 and 10, 2018
Pricing:
Documentation available in French

Musée St. Joseph Museum
25 Brais Boulevard
St. Joseph, MB R0G 2C0

(204) 737-2244

www.museestjoseph.ca/festival

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Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes Grotto (1954)

Located west of the village’s elementary school, this quiet grotto was created in 1954 by the local inhabitants in gratitude to the Virgin Mary for protecting the youth of the village against... More »

Documentation available in French

Main Street, R0G 1M0

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Parc de la Petite Fourche Park

This is an ideal place to go fishing for walleye, pike and catfish. This new park is located at the junction of the Qu’Appelle and Assiniboine rivers, and amenities include barbecues, tables... More »

Open year round
Documentation available in French

(204) 683-2250

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Parc Sir George-Etienne Cartier Park

Recreational park located 20 minutes south of Winnipeg, in the town of St. Agathe. It is the ideal place to fully enjoy the sights of the prairies. Municipal campground with baseball diamonds... More »

Open year round
French spoken upon request

(204) 882-2337

www.steagathe.mb.ca

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Pioneers and Chanoinesses Museum

Two museums in one; this museum explores the life of the early pioneers of the region, while chronicling the history of the Order of nuns known as "Chanoinesses régulières des Cinq... More »

Open year round
Mon. to Fri., from 08:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
French spoken at all times

55, Rogers Street, Box 186, Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, R0G 1M0

204 248-7220 ou 204 248-7290

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Saint-Claude Church

This beautiful Roman Catholic church was designed by renowned Manitoba architect Étienne Gaboury. It features a computerized chime system that plays relaxing melodies at regular intervals... More »

All year round
Open on request only. Please call ahead
French spoken at all times

84 Provincial Road 240S, R0G 1Z0

(204) 379-2434

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Saint-Claude Grotto

In the beginning, this picturesque grotto was located in the yard of the convent of the Sisters of the Cross. It is now part of the enclosure belonging to the first parish cemetery. More »

Spring, summer, fall
All day
Documentation available in French

Taché Street, R0G 1Z0

(204) 379-2382

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Saint-Claude's Community Gardens

Visit our local gardens, compliments of the Friends of the Garden committee. Volunteer artists-gardeners gather together to plant and maintain these local gardens. Each year brings new surprises! More »

Summer
All day
Documentation available in French

Main Street, R0G 1Z0

(204)379-2522

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Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church

Made of Tyndall stone, this church features paintings by local artist Étienne Bissonnette. More »

Open year round
French spoken at all times

(204) 758-3454

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Salut Voisin! Howdy Neighbour!

September 7 to 9, 2018 Come say hello to your friends and neighbours at the Salut Voisin! / Howdy Neighbour! festival in Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes. This gathering takes place over an entire weekend and... More »

September 7 to 9, 2018
Documentation available in French

Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes

204 248-7220

www.notre-dame-de-lourdes.ca

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Somerset Campground

Located in the middle of a sports complex, this campground gives access to some great facilities, including : three baseball diamonds, and a community trail that is well-lit during the night for... More »

French spoken during the high season

744-2171

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Somerset Farmer's Market

The Somerset Farmer’s Market was created over 10 years ago to allow farmers in the area to sell fresh produce, crafts and other local specialties. The market is open from July until the end of... More »

July to September
French spoken upon request

Intersection of 3rd St. and Carlton St., Somerset, MB, R0G 1Z0

(204) 744-2170

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Somerset Food Bar

Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, licensed. Cocktail lounge. More »

Open year round
Mon. to Wed. from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thu. &Fri. from 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sat. from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sun. from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
French spoken upon request

306 3rd St., R0G 2L0

(204) 744-2042

www.facebook.com/pages/Somerset-Food-Bar/120320638009351?fref=t

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Somerset library and bookstore

Somerset Library and Bookstore is a great place to browse as it contains approximately 10,000 books. The library features adult and children's literature in both French and English as well as... More »

Open year round
Mon., Wed. and Fri. from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tue. and Thurs. from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sat. from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
French spoken upon request

289 Carlton Avenue, R0G 2L0

(204) 744-2170

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St. Claude Gaol Museum

Come visit the only place in Canada where you can have fun in jail! Constructed in 1912-1913, the building which now houses the museum has been used for more than one purpose since then: jail, fire... More »

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., from July 1st to September 3rd
French spoken at all times

5, Provincial Route 5, St. Claude, MB, R0G 1Z0

(204) 379-2679

www.stclaude.ca, www.historicplaces.ca

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St. Claude’s Pipe

This local landmark, the world’s second largest pipe (6 meters long and 1.5 meters high), was constructed in recognition of the first settlers to the area. They came from a town also called St... More »

All year round
All day
Documentation available in French

(204) 379-2382

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St. Léon Interpretation Centre

Interpretation Centre on wind energy as well as the salamander, the little migratory creature that is found everywhere in the region during the summer. More »

Open year round
Mon. to Fri., 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sat., 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
French spoken at all times

35 baie du lac, St. Léon, MB, R0G 2E0

(204) 242-4374

www.cistleon.com

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St. Lupicin Crafts Gallery

A gallery that contains handmade crafts by local and national artists. More »

Open May to September
Everyday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
French spoken at all times

(204) 746-0797 or (204) 744-2188

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St.Claude Cenotaph

This monument, inaugurated on July 14, 1921, is dedicated to soldiers who died in combat during the First World War and to those who have fallen since, in wars throughout the world. The monument is... More »

Year round
Open all the time
Documentation available in French

Taché Street, R0G 1Z0

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Statue of Dom Paul Benoît

This bronze statue by Franco-Manitoban artist Réal Bérard depicts Dom Paul Benoît – the founder of Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes (1850-1915). More »

Documentation available in French

In front of the church, Notre-Dame Avenue, R0G 1M0

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The St. Joseph Museum

What’s the best way to describe the St. Joseph Museum? A village within a village! The museum features a number of restored buildings, including houses, a school, a stable, a smithy and a... More »

End of May to end of September
French spoken at all times

25 Brais Boulevard
St. Joseph, MB R0G 2C0

(204) 737-2244

http://museestjoseph.ca/fr

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Trans Canada Trail

This nationwide trail runs through the main street of Somerset to the northwest perimeter. More »

Open year round
Documentation available in French

307, 3rd Street, R0G 2L0

(204) 744-2171

(204) 744-2618

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