MHS Field Trip: Fall 2019 - “Flood History of the Red River and Settlement of the Emerson-Tolstoi Area”


Wednesday, 4 September 2019, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Fort Dufferin

Our guide will be Dr. Bill Rannie, a noted expert on Manitoba’s hydrology and the history of flooding on the Red River. Dr Rannie will explain the causes of flooding and point out some of the ways in which we have attempted to ameliorate their effects. At Ste. Agathe, the tour will visit the Red River Flood Interpretive Centre and, before visiting Emerson, will visit the often-inundated site of Fort Dufferin. In addition to some interesting flood protection works, Emerson has several fascinating buildings and a magnificent neo-classical courthouse, which we will tour. Leaving Emerson, the tour will proceed east to Tolstoi where we will enjoy traditional Ukrainian food for lunch in Tolstoi’s Ukrainian National Home, before we visit the village’s Ukrainian Catholic Church (1912) and its Ukrainian Orthodox Church (1927). Our host in Tolstoi will be Wayne Arseny. The tour will return to Winnipeg by 4:30 PM.

The fee for the tour is $75.00 for MHS members, $85.00 for non-members. It includes all fees, taxes and gratuities, a morning refreshment break, a Ukrainian lunch in Tolstoi and transportation by an All Road Tours' luxury air-conditioned and washroom-equipped motor coach. Seating will be assigned by time of booking on a first-come-first-served basis.

Please note that homemade perogies and holubsti (cabbage rolls) will be for sale after lunch at Tolstoi.

This tour will depart from Grant Park Shopping Centre on Grant Avenue between Applebee’s and the Pony Corral. Anyone leaving their vehicle there for the day should park as close to Grant Avenue as possible.

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John Lehr

Dr. John Lehr

John is a retired Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Winnipeg, specializing in Ukrainian settlement in western Canada and South America, communal settlements in Canada and Israel, and provincial parks in Manitoba.

He was President of the Manitoba Historical Society from 1998 to 2000, and he has organized numerous popular and informative field trips for the society.

John Lehr

Dr. Bill Rannie

Bill is a retired Professor of Geography at the University of Winnipeg, specializing in historic hydrology of the eastern Prairies and northwestern Ontario, evolution of the lower Assiniboine River, and bank failure of the Red River in the 19th century.

Page revised: 18 May 2019