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Manitoba Communities: Portage la Prairie (City)

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This municipality was formed around a community that dates from before 1870, at a place where boats on the Assiniboine River were taken out and portaged [carried] over the prairie to Lake Manitoba to the north.

Present Status

City of Portage la Prairie (13 February 1907)

Incorporation History

Town of Portage la Prairie (12 November 1880)

Adjoining Municipalities

Portage la Prairie (RM)

Land Area (square km)

24.68

Population

Year

Total

1891

3363

1901

3901

1906

5106

1911

5892

1916

5879

1921

6766

1926

6513

1931

6597

1936

6538

1941

7187

1946

7620

1951

8511

1956

10525

1961

12388

1966

13012

1971

12950

1976

12555

1981

13086

1986

13198

1991

13186

1996

13077

2001

12976

2006

12728

2011

12996

2016

13304

Mayors

Term

Mayor

1881-1882

Thomas Collins (1846-1898)

1883-1884

Edward McDonald (1841-1915)

1885-1886

John Pringle Young (1845-1918)

1887

None—solicitor Joseph Martin (1852-1923) appointed by council

1888-1889

John Pringle Young (1845-1918)

1889

William Garland (1856-1901)

1890

James McLenaghen (c1848-1919)

1890-1891

William Garland (1856-1901)

1892-1893

Frederick Leslie Newman (1859-1942)

1894

William Garland (1856-1901)

1895-1896

William J. Cooper (1860-?)

1897

Edward Brown (1865-1947)

1898-1899

William Garland (1856-1901)

1900-1902

William J. Cooper (1860-?)

1903-1908

Edward Brown (1865-1947)

1909

Samuel Wesley Woods (1866-1931)

1910

Fawcett Gowler Taylor (1878-1940)

1911-1912

John James Garland (1873-1925)

1913-1916

Fawcett Gowler Taylor (1878-1940)

1917-1918

Samuel Reid Marlatt (1853-1932)

1919-1920

Joseph Henry Metcalfe (1870-1938)

1921

Samuel Reid Marlatt (1853-1932)

1922-1930

William Herbert Burns (1878-1964)

1931-1932

Charles J. Sharp (1863-1953)

1933-1935

Joseph Charles Miller (1891-1987)

1936-1937

William D. Card (1871-1947)

1938-1943

Horace A. Ireland

1944-1945

John A. Cavers

1946-1947

J. C. Preece

1948-1967

Harold Lloyd Henderson (1907-1993)

1968-1971

William Allan “Bill” Linden (1928-2008)

1971-1974

Harold Lloyd Henderson (1907-1993)

1975-1978

K. Joyce Devine

1979-1980

?

1981-1986

Elmer Greenslade

1987-1989

William M. McMillan

1989-1992

Douglas Earl Edmondson (1933-2012)

1992-1998

William Glenn Carlson (?-2012)

1999-2005

Ian A. MacKenzie (1923-2014)

2006-2009?

Ken Brennan

Memorable Manitobans

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Historic Sites

Go here for a list of historic sites in Portage la Prairie.

History Books

Go here for a list of history books for Portage la Prairie.

Maps

Sources

Manitoba Gazette, 1887-1959. Manitoba Legislative Library.

Portage la Prairie, 1870-1970 by Anne M. Collier, 1970.

Geographic Names of Manitoba, Manitoba Conservation, 2000.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 May 2017

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