The Rossburn area is very rich on Ukrainian settlement history.
Visit a mass grave and monument commemorating the Ukrainian settlement in Canada and where in 1899, 42 persons succumbed to scarlet fever. From Highway 45 drive North on PR 577, a sign will indicate the turnoff to the site.
Designed in the spirit of old world architecture are: Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church, and Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Assumption of the Virgin Mary, St. John Cantius Roman Catholic Church. Churches open by appointment.
Marconi School, built in 1922, is open spring to fall. Designated Municipal Heritage Site, restored one room school building after WWI. On PR 577 a sign will direct you to the site.
In 1899, the Ukrainian settlers built small tent-shaped pole structures with sheaves of rye straw, known as buddas which were home to the pioneers until their homesteads were assigned. From Highway 45 drive North on PR 577 to Olha and follow the signs.
The Babushka Trail brochure offers self-guided tours to most of these sites including a map. Available at the municipal office, Parkway Coop Food Store and at the tourism booth besides the Parkway C-Store on Main Street in Rossburn. Guided tours are available on request.
Tel. 204-859-2779 (weekdays)/859-2479 (weekends)
- Free admission
- Guided package/tour
- Manitoba Historical Society
- Manitoba History
- Municipal Heritage Property
- Picnic Area
- Self-guided tour