Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Selkirk Settlers in Manitoba The 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Selkirk Settlers is heating up in September! Celebrate the bicentennial by enjoying some of the planned events and activities, including The Barge Festival, the Selkirk Settlers Annual Parade, a Hermetic Code Tour, and the Bicentenary Gala Dinner to name a few. For more information and a full list of events, visit Red River 200.

Special deal

The Delta Winnipeg is offering a special weekend rate of $125 per night for those attending the Barge Festival (August 31 to September 2). It includes a $25 food credit per night (excluding alcohol) and complimentary self parking. Call the hotel 1-888-311-4990 and ask for the Barge Festival 2012 – Red River Gathering rate. (Note: food credit can be used at the Blaze Bisto and for in-room dining.)

A little history

On 7 October 1812, near what is now the Disraeli Bridge in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Miles Macdonell, the Governor of Assiniboia, helped to plant the bushel and a half of wheat that he had brought from Scotland. This event was the beginning of one of the most important movements in Canadian history and the establishment of the farming system of the Prairie Provinces, with the wealth and opportunities that it offered to hundreds of thousands of immigrants. The Selkirk Settlers were the first individuals to establish permanent residence along the Red River in what has grown to become the City of Winnipeg.