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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dawson Trailhead (Southeastern Manitoba)

This site in southeastern Manitoba, near the Northwest Angle of the United States, marks the beginning of the Dawson Road, the first all-Canadian overland route to western Canada. Travellers from eastern Canada, including members of the 1870 Wolseley Expedition, disembarked from their watercraft here and transferred to horse-drawn wagons. In the 1970s, there was a clearing here, and a log building held together by wooden pegs, with a trail leading to the west.

Dawson Trailhead

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.36812, W95.15436
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dawson Road Monument (Centrale Avenue, Ste. Anne)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dawson Road Signs (Lagimodiere Boulevard, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dawson Road Plaque (Whiteshell Provincial Park)

Memorable Manitobans: Simon James Dawson (1820-1902)

The 1870 Wolseley Expedition Route by Larry Laliberte
Manitoba History, Number 52, June 2006


This page was prepared by Ross Madder and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 February 2021

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