Map of Brandon city. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Brandon area, Southwestern Manitoba
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The Assiniboine River meanders through a remarkably level landscape, once the bed of Lake Agassiz. The fertile sedimentary soil, left behind when the lake receded 8,000 years ago, is the basis for bountiful crops of wheat, flax, and canola. Along its eastward journey, the Assiniboine absorbs the Souris River and passes by Brandon, this prosperous area's economic anchor. South of Carberry, the orderly prairie changes dramatically at Spruce Hills. This tract of dunes and hills, once an ancient river delta, defied the efforts of early farmers, and it remains beautiful and untamed to this day.
Boissevain [D5] Two dozen outdoor murals illustrate local history. A guided mural tour begins at the tourist information center, as does a self-guided walk to historic sites, such as the handsome fieldstone St. Paul's United Church (1893). Beckoning Hills Museum shows pioneer items; Moncur Gallery, archaeological relics.
Brandon [A6] Born in 1883 as a CPR stop, Brandon is Manitoba's second largest city. The early days come to life at Daly House Museum, which displays Victorian furnishings and photographs. The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Centre, dating from 1886, is open for drive-through and guided tours. The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum salutes the thousands of trainees based here during World War II. Brandon University's B.J. Hales Museum exhibits geological and archaeological items.
Carberry [A8] Seton Centre honors artist, author, and naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton, whose 1899 book The Trail of a Sandhill Stag describes his home-steading days in nearby Spruce Hills. Carberry Plains Museum salutes Seton, World War I flying ace Douglas "Wop" May (1896-1952) and NDP leader Tommy Douglas (1904-86).
Glenboro [C8] The statue of Sara the Camel alerts visitors to the sand dunes of Spruce Woods, just to the north. The Borough of Gleann Museum features a collection of antiques and pioneer artifacts.
International Peace Garden [E5] Straddling the Canada-United States border, this memorial celebrates the two nations' enduring friendship. The four 35 m pillars of the Peace Tower soar above a landscaped garden of flowers, pools, and pathways.
Shilo [A7] The Royal Canadian Artillery Museum at CFB Shilo shows weaponry past and present. A special exhibit is a printing plate said to have been used to print John McCrae's poem In Flanders Fields in 1915.
Spruce Woods Provincial Park [B8]
Embracing rolling hills, forests of spruce and basswood, and oxbow lakes, the park boasts two natural curiosities. Spirit Sands, once an ancient river delta, is now a tract of high, restless duneland. The Devil's Punch Bowl, a sunken lime-green pool fed by an underground stream. A 90-minute covered-wagon ride takes visitors to both sites. The park's trails, such as the short, steep Isputinaw Trail, lead to panoramic views of the surrounding prairie. The changing terrain of the Epinette Creek Trails attracts cyclists in summer, skiers in winter.
Virden [A3] Manitoba's oil-producing center, Virden is home to western Canada's oldest opera house, the 1911 Auditorium Theatre. Now restored, the 500-seat "Aud" showcases live entertainment. Virden Pioneer Home Museum, in a splendid 1888 house, evokes local life in the Victorian era.
Beckoning Hills Museum Moncur Gallery Turtle Mountain Provincial Park
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Centre Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum Daly House Museum Stott Site (at Grand Valley Provincial Park) Thunder Mountain Waterslide
Carberry Plains Museum
The Seton Centre Spruce Woods Provincial Heritage Park (North access)
Sara the Camel statue Spruce Woods Provincial Heritage Park (South access)
J.A.V. David Museum
The Royal Canadian Artillery Museum
Rock Shop Swinging Bridge
Auditorium Theatre Pioneer Home Museum
Map of Brandon city. Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Brandon, Southwestern Manitoba