Historic Sites of Manitoba: Mallard Lodge / Delta Marsh Field Station (RM of Portage la Prairie)

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This site in the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie was the former Delta Marsh Field Station, an environmental education and research facility of the University of Manitoba. Established in 1966 by Jennifer Mary Shay, it was based around Mallard Lodge, a two-storey hunting lodge built in 1932 by Winnipeg businessman Donald Henderson Bain. The facility closed permanently in 2011 due, in part, to flood damage sustained during unusually high water levels on adjacent Lake Manitoba.





Jennifer Mary Walker Shay (1930-2018)


Philip Kenneth “Phil” Isaac (1928-2021)


Gordon George Christopher Robinson (1941-2020)


Gordon Goldsborough

Photos & Coordinates

Mallard Lodge

Mallard Lodge (1940s)
Source: Donna Pim

Interior of Mallard Lodge

Interior of Mallard Lodge (1940s)
Source: Donna Pim

Mallard Lodge

Mallard Lodge (July 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Mallard Lodge

Mallard Lodge (January 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Mallard Lodge in background and storage building in foreground

Mallard Lodge in background and storage building in foreground (January 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.18397, W98.38191
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Donald Henderson “Dan” Bain (1874-1962)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Oxbow Woods (RM of Portage la Prairie)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: UFS Reference Collection

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba

Delta Marsh Field Station Archive

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Taiga Biological Station (Eastern Manitoba)


We thank Donna Pim and Rose Kuzina for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 March 2024

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