If you’re going to go back in time, you’re going to need a ride. The York boat is just one example of transportation from another era. Here’s our list of five more important modes of transport that moved Manitoba’s history along.
The Manitoba Museum
190 Rupert Avenue, Winnipeg
In 1668, the two-masted ketch the Nonsuch sailed into Husdon Bay in search of furs. Today, you can see a replica of the ship that led to the founding of Hudson’s Bay Company at the Manitoba Museum. Built in England to commemorate the 300thanniversary of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1970, November is Love Thy Nonsuch Month in celebration of the 41st anniversary of the ship’s arrival at the museum.
St. Boniface Museum
494 Taché Avenue, Winnipeg
The St. Boniface Museum is just one place where you can see an example of this two-wheeled cart made without nails or other metal fasteners used throughout the fur trade era. Wood and animal hides were all that was used to transport the carts’ cargo of furs and trade goods along the Red River Trails.
Winnipeg Railway Museum
Via Rail Union Station, 123 Main St.
Located on Track 1 at Via Rail Union Station, the Countess of Dufferin was the first steam locomotive on the Canadian Prairies. The wood burning locomotive arrived in St. Boniface in 1877 and played a part in the construction of the line between the Emerson, St. Boniface and Selkirk. Photo credit: Gord Leathers
Western Canadian Aviation Museum
958 Ferry Road
In 1920, a fur buyer walked into the Canadian Aircraft’s downtown Winnipeg office and asked for a flight home to The Pas. This was the first commercial flight to Canada’s north and it happened on a bush plane – a small aircraft that is able to take off and land on short runways – even those of ice and water. See some excellent restored bush planes at the museum, including the de Havilland Beaver, designed and built in Canada and often considered the best bush plane ever.
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
Hangar #1 Brandon Airport
On display here are several varieties of aircraft, including the Tiger Moth, Cornell and Harvard, used to train pilots of the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. The distinctive yellow colour of the training aircraft was so that search parties could easily find a crashed aircraft in either summer or winter.