Map of Northern Manitoba - Thompson & The Pas. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Northern Manitoba (Thompson & The Pas)
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The maze of waterways flowing northward through the rocky landscape of northern Manitoba is the legacy of the last ice age, when glaciers carved and scoured the landscape. For early explorers and travelers, the rivers and lakes provided the only routes through Manitoba's portion of the rocky Canadian Shield, which covers more than half the province's area. Modern highways make the region's few, widely separated towns easier for the adventurous traveler to reach than the map might suggest. Although their prosperity is based on mining and forestry, these towns also serve as outfitting hubs for outdoor enthusiasts who come here to enjoy the wilderness experience.
Fun Flon [B4] Founded in 1914, this mining town takes its name from Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin, the hero of J. E. Preston-Muddock's 1905 novel, The Sunless City. A 7.5 m statue of this fictional figure by Li'lAbner cartoonist Al Capp (1909-79) guards the town entrance. Situated on a mineral belt, Flin Flon grew after the discovery of a rich ore deposit in the 1920s. Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company, local refiner of gold, silver, copper, zinc, and other metals, offers surface tours. Flin Flon Station Museum exhibits mining and transportation artifacts.
Grass River Provincial Park [B5] This park is located where the lowlands of Manitoba give way to the rocky outcrops of the Canadian Shield. Moose, bear, wolverine, wolves, and woodland caribou roam this rugged, yet accessible, wilderness. Once a major canoe route, the Grass River cuts through the park. Today's canoeists follow in the wake of early explorers David Thompson and Samuel Hearne, who charted these waterways.
Norway House [C7] At Lake Winnipeg's northern reaches, Norway House was once a vital Hudson's Bay Company post, halfway between Fort Garry (now Winnipeg) and York Factory on Hudson Bay. A plaque describes the 19th-century warehouse, jail, and other buildings. At Ross-ville Mission, Methodist minister James Evans (1801-46) created the Cree system of writing still in use.
Snow Lake [B6] The local museum exhibits maps, drills, and other items pertaining to the mining industry in this area. Visitors can use swinging footbridges to cross rushing waters of nearby Wekusko Falls, or examine nearby aboriginal pictographs dating back 1,500 years.
The Pas [C5] A 240 km dog derby is one of the highlights of the four-day Northern Manitoba Trapper's Festival, inaugurated in 1916 and now held every February. Within its boundaries, The Pas also embraces the farming village of Kelsey and Opaskwayak Cree Nation reserve. A copy of the Ten Commandments in Cree is a treasure at Christ Church, built in 1840. The church's founder was the first Native Anglican minister Henry Budd. Fishing enthusiasts head for nearby Athapapuskow Lake, which yields lake trouts weighing up to 20 kg.
Thompson [A7] The discovery of copper in 1956 sparked Thompson's development. Today, local mines produce 45,000 t annually. Visitors can tour the Inco mine, the largest operation of its kind in the world. The Heritage North Museum, housed in authentic log buildings, has exhibits on natural and local history, including items from rival Hudson's Bay Company and North West Company fur-trading posts once located in the Paint Lake area. Prodigious catches stir the hopes of local anglers. Thompson's Burntwood River recently produced a 135-cm-long northern pike. Paint Lake Provincial Park, just off Hwy 6 southwest of Thompson, is famed for its walleye and northern pike.
Grass River Provincial Park
Flin Flon/Creighton Station Museum Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co. tours
Snow Lake Historical Museum
Charlebois Chapel Clearwater Lake Provincial Park Sam Waller Museum Tolko Industries Ltd. saw-and-paper mill tours
The Heritage North Museum Paint Lake Provincial Park Pisew Falls
Map of Northern Manitoba - Thompson & The Pas. Detailed map of the highway and local roads of Northern Manitoba (Thompson & The Pas) with cities and towns