Operated by the Lac du Bonnet & District Historical Society, the Lac du Bonnet & District Museum collects and preserves artifacts integral to the area’s history from prehistoric and early pioneer times to the industries which contributed to the region’s development through to the present.
Discover the stories of those whose visions and ideas created the Lac du Bonnet area through mining discoveries and brick manufacturing, which contributed to the construction of railway lines, and Hydroelectric generating stations.
Here are just a few interesting facts of the role Lac du Bonnet played in helping the province of Manitoba build and grow:
Latvian Immigration: Lac du Bonnet is known for its heterogeneous population. Between 1897 & 1960, 27 nationalities settled in the district. Lettonia, Lee River, Newcombe, and Bird River held the largest population of Latvians west of Toronto. People of Note: Alex Dancyt
Winnipeg Electric Railway Company (WERCo) Pinawa Generating Station: First year-round hydroelectric generating station in Manitoba to supply Winnipeg with power-operated between 1906 – 1951. People of Note: William McKenzie and Donald Mann
The Lac du Bonnet Mining, Developing, and Manufacturing Company Brick Plant: Lac du Bonnet bricks built Winnipeg’s first skyscraper, The McArthur Building (Childs Building) located at Portage & Main. It contributed to Winnipeg’s building boom until WWl. People of Note: J.D. McArthur
First Airmail Flown in Manitoba: The first airmail flown in Manitoba left the Lac du Bonnet dock for the mining area north & east on June 1st, 1927. The pilot F. J. Stevenson flew a Western Canada Airways Fokker Universal. People of Note: F. J. Stevenson
Manitoba Government Air Service (May 3rd, 1932): The Manitoba Government Air Service (MGAS) is born and Lac du Bonnet became headquarters & main base of operations. People of Note: James C. Uhlman