Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 140 years


Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Endangered Top 10
Top 10

Manitoba History No. 89

No. 89

War Memorials in Manitoba
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old

Abandoned Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: Alexandre “Buffalo” Ayotte (1859-1932)

Click to enlarge

Alexandre Ayotte
Click to enlarge

Bison conservationist.

Born at St. Barthelemy, Quebec on 17 September 1859, he moved to a homestead near St. Jean-Baptiste in 1880. He was working for the Canadian Department of Immigration at Missoula, Montana when, in 1907, he arranged for a herd of 750 bison to be moved from Montana to Alberta. Bison from Alberta were later distributed across the West, including to Manitoba, and were the basis for restoring this nearly-extinct prairie icon. Returning to Canada to live at St. Jean-Baptiste, Ayotte ran for office in the 1920 and 1922 provincial elections, being defeated both times, and also for the federal Liberals in the Provencher constituency in 1930, being defeated by incumbent Arthur-Lucien Beaubien. Ayotte died at St. Jean-Baptiste on 31 August 1932 and was buried in the St. Jean-Baptiste Roman Catholic Cemetery.

See also:

Bison Conservation: The Canadian Story by Peter Lorenz Neufeld
Manitoba History, Number 24, Autumn 1992


“Ayotte will run as Liberal in Provencher,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 June 1930.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“They called him ‘Buffalo Ayotte’” by Gene Telpner, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 May 1957.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Dennis McDonald for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 February 2019

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017

Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2019 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.