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Manitoba History No. 89
Manitoba
History

No. 89

AGM 2019
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Annual
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Spring Field Trip 2019
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Summer Field Trip 2019
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War Memorials in Manitoba
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This Old Elevator
This Old
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Abandoned Manitoba
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Memorable Manitobans
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Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Victoria Beach Pioneer Cemetery (RM of Victoria Beach)

On a tree-covered knoll along PTH 504 (just north of Highway 59 North) is a lovely small cemetery, donated in June 1931 to the community by Jim Olafson (1883-1947), that is the grave-site for many of the first settlers of the Victoria Beach district. Founding families such as the Olafsons, Hamptons, Lesters and Ateahs are all well-represented. The headstones tell the story of the the district’s early years, with representation of immigration from Lebanon, Iceland and England as well as Métis people. Fishermen, farmers, ranchers, teachers and truckers can all be found. Like the community it serves, the cemetery has evolved to include the markers of summer cottagers who grew to appreciate the beauty and calm of this quiet site.

A plaque inside the cemetery provides a history of the Olason family.

Victoria Beach Cemetery

Victoria Beach Cemetery (April 2015)
Source: Sheila Grover

Olfason family commemorative plaque in the Victoria Beach Cemetery

Olfason family commemorative plaque in the Victoria Beach Cemetery (July 2017)
Source: Holly Poklitar

Site Location (lat/long): N50.71784, W96.53044
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

We thank Mike Lauze and Holly Poklitar for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Sheila Grover and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 February 2019

Historic Sites of Manitoba

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