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10 things you need to know about… trains, planes and automobiles in Manitoba.

Take a tour through Manitoba’s frontier-country history via rail, road, air or water.

12 November 2014

Suggested tweet: Discover Manitoba’s history via planes, trains, automobiles + more #explorecanada

Explore Manitoba’s frontier-country history of rail, wings, wheels and water trekking by checking out these “moving” monuments to history.

1) Hop aboard: Trip into the 19th century on Prairie Dog Central—one of North America’s oldest steam engines, which pulls vintage railcars for day trips to tiny Grosse Isle north of Winnipeg.

2) Big and little: Jump on the tiny steam train puffing through Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park, then visit CNR Steam Locomotive No. 6043, the engine whose last scheduled run ended Canada’s steam era.

3) Tickets, please: StrollWinnipeg’s genuine art deco VIA RailUnion Station, then head upstairs to the Winnipeg Railway Museum and its centrepiece, the striking Countess of Dufferin—the first steam locomotive in Western Canada.  

4) Over the railyards: Winnipeg is divided into the North and South ends by the 1880s vintage, still-working, 195-hectare CP Rail marshalling yards, which sprawl across the city centre. Train buffs can ogle the endless stream of railcars from either the Salter Street or Arlington bridges.

5) Planes parked forever: One-of-a-kind planes—including an original helicopter designed by a couple of Manitoba farmers—pepper the vast hangar of the Western Canada Aviation Museum near the Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport.

6) Planes on a stick:Go on a scavenger hunt for planes on pedestals in Winnipeg.

7) Fishin’ for cats: Rent a boat and angle for catfish in beautiful little Lockport on the Red River and site of the historic 1910-built St. Andrews Locks (the only locks on Canada’s Prairies).

8) For the common weal: The National Historic Site Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum north of Brandon preserves the history of thousands of Canadian, British and American air personnel who trained here to fly in the Second World War.

9) Float your boat: Six historic lake vessels explore the province’s nautical history at the Marine Museum of Manitoba in Selkirk. The oldest, the steamship SS Keenora, sailed in the late 1880s.

10) Cruise night, baby! Ain’t no website gonna tell you about this unique Winnipeg cultural phenom: on summer Sunday nights, classic restored cars cruise the avenue around Portage and Main, while vintage car club members showcase their buff babies at local restaurant Pony Corral on Grant Avenue.

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