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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fernwood School (St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg)

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Fernwood School operated in the old St. Vital Municipal Hall, taken over initially for what was to be a temporary basis in 1927, following architectural alterations to the structure. The two-storey brick building was leased by the municipality to the Glenlawn School District No. 1499 until the opening of St. George School in 1955. The building was demolished and the site is now occupied by a church.







John Dean Finlay (1906-2001)




Among the teachers of Fernwood School was Miss Mascal (1950).

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Students on the front steps of Fernwood School

Students on the front steps of Fernwood School (1950)
Source: Howard Mathieson

The former Fernwood School building undergoing demolition

The former Fernwood School building undergoing demolition (circa 1955)
Source: St. Vital Museum

Site Location (lat/long): N49.84827, W97.11200
denoted by symbol on the map above


“Woodlawn School District No. 1499, St. Vital,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 July 1927, page 2.

School District Formation Files [Glenlawn School District No. 1499], GR1688, E0027, Archives of Manitoba.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

“St. Vital plans to increase school space,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 1954, page 3.

“New school plans before utility board,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 March 1954, page 3.

“Glenlawn District with new school, closes Fernwood,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 July 1955, page 17.

One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

We thank Howard Mathieson for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 10 December 2017

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