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The cover photograph of a 1923 Ford Model T belonging to driver Don Wadge was taken by photographer George Penner at a rare bowstring arch bridge in the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie.

On The Road to Abandoned Manitoba
by Gordon Goldsborough

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Based on a regular feature on CBC’s Weekend Morning Show, the book Abandoned Manitoba was a runaway success in 2016, becoming the year’s top-selling, non-fiction book in Manitoba. Its sequel More Abandoned Manitoba was the 2019 McNally Robinson Book of the Year.

In this new book, scientist-historian Gordon Goldsborough hits the road in search of adventure and little-known stories from Manitoba’s past. Among the places he visits are underground radiation monitoring posts from the Cold War, a remote hydroelectric generating station, cruise ships on the Red River, the original route of the Trans-Canada Highway, and much more.

Published by Great Plains Press
Printed by Friesens Corporation
ISBN 9781773371078
264 pages
Available: 10 October 2023


On the Road to Abandoned Manitoba is a bestseller at McNally Robinson Booksellers.

See the launch at McNally Robinson on YouTube:

Where to Buy



From the author

Want a personally signed copy?
Attend an event or contact Gordon Goldsborough at


South Central Regional Library (Altona Branch)
67 Second Street NE, Unit 130 (Altona Mall), Altona


The Clipper - Beausejour Office
27 Third Street South, Beausejour


Coles - Shoppers Mall
1570 - 18th Street

Daly House Museum
122 Eighteenth Street, Brandon


Tiger Hills Arts Association
103 Broadway Street, Holland

Lac du Bonnet

The Clipper - Lac du Bonnet Office
74 Second Street, Lac du Bonnet


South Central Regional Library (Manitou Branch)
418 Main Street, Manitou


South Central Regional Library (Miami Branch)
530 Norton Avenue, Miami


South Central Regional Library (Morden Branch)
514 Stephen Street, Morden


South Central Regional Library (Winkler Branch)
160 Main Street, Winkler



Chapters - Polo Festival
695 Empress Street

Coles - Kildonan Place
1555 Regent Avenue West

Golden Boy Gift Shop (Manitoba Legislative Building)
450 Broadway

Indigo - Kenaston Common
1590 Kenaston Boulevard

Indigo - St. Vital
1225 St. Mary's Street

McNally Robinson Booksellers
1120 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg
800-561-1833 (toll-free)

McNally Robinson Booksellers (The Forks)
Forks Market Road, Winnipeg

Whodunit Books
163 Lilac Street, Winnipeg

Online orders


Great Plains Press

McNally Robinson Booksellers

Public Events

Please contact Gordon Goldsborough if your group is interested in having a presentation about On the Road to Abandoned Manitoba.



Friday, 27 October 2023, 7:00 PM

Holland Community Hall
136 Broadway Street, Holland

Wednesday, 1 November 2023, 6:30 PM

Dauphin Seniors Centre
55 First Avenue Southeast, Dauphin

Thursday, 2 November 2023, 6:30 PM

South Central Regional Library (Altona Branch)
67 Second Street NE, Unit 130 (Altona Mall), Altona

Saturday, 4 November 2023, 10:00 AM

South Central Regional Library (Miami Branch)
530 Norton Avenue, Miami

Saturday, 4 November 2023, 1:00 PM

South Central Regional Library (Winkler Branch)
160 Main Street, Winkler

Monday, 6 November 2023, 7:00 PM

Charleswood Historical Society
5006 Roblin Boulevard, Winnipeg

Wednesday, 8 November 2023, 2:00 PM

South Central Regional Library (Manitou Branch)
418 Main Street, Manitou

Wednesday, 8 November 2023, 6:30 PM

South Central Regional Library (Morden Branch)
514 Stephen Street, Morden

Friday, 10 November 2023, 6:30 PM

Daly House Museum
122 Eighteenth Street, Brandon

Monday, 13 November 2023, 1:30 PM

Club Chez-nous
Centennial Hall, 203 Caron Street, St. Jean Baptiste

Tuesday, 14 November 2023, 7:00 PM

Reston & District Library
220 Fourth Street, Reston

Wednesday, 15 November 2023, 7:00 PM

Brandon Public Library
Unit 1, 710 Rosser Avenue, Brandon

Thursday, 16 November 2023, 6:30 PM

Raystone Memorial Centre
214 Broadway Street, Glenboro

Saturday, 18 November 2023, 12 noon

Portage la Prairie Regional Library
40-B Royal Road North, Portage la Prairie

Monday, 20 November 2023, 6:30 PM

Millennium Library
251 Donald Street, Winnipeg

Wednesday, 22 November 2023, 1:30 PM

North Norfolk-MacGregor Library
35 Hampton Street, MacGregor

Friday, 24 November 2023, 7:00 PM

McNally Robinson Booksellers (Grant Park)
4000 - 1120 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg

Saturday, 25 November 2023, 9:30 AM

Cooks Creek Community Centre
30026 Zora Road, Cooks Creek

Wednesday, 29 November 2023, 7:00 PM

Valley Regional Library
141 Main Street, Morris

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 6:30 PM

Border Regional Library (Virden Branch)
312 - 7th Avenue, Virden

Sunday, 3 December 2023, 10:00 AM

Fireside Book Market
The Park Theatre, 698 Osborne Street, Winnipeg

Thursday, 7 December 2023, 7:00 PM

Neepawa Public Library
280 Davidson Street, Neepawa

Friday, 8 December 2023, 2:00 PM

Prairie Skills Building
220 South Railway Avenue, Deloraine

Saturday, 9 December 2023, 10:30 AM

Bibliothèque régionale Jolys Regional Library
505 ave Hebert Avenue N, St-Pierre-Jolys

Tuesday, 12 December 2023, 12:00 noon

CSSE Senior Engineers (Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba)
870 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg

Wednesday, 13 December 2023, 7:00 PM

Roblin & District Library
123 First Avenue NW, Roblin

Thursday, 4 January 2024, 2:00 PM

Lions Place (Portage Commons)
610 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

Wednesday, 31 January 2024, 6:00 PM

Lakeland Regional Library
318 Williams Avenue, Killarney

Wednesday, 7 February 2024

Friendship Force Manitoba
1629 Kenaston Boulevard, Winnipeg

Thursday, 22 February 2024, noon

Rotary Club
Holiday Inn Airport West, 2520 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

Saturday, 24 February 2024, 1:00 PM

Indigo (book signing)
1225 St. Mary's Road, Winnipeg

Sunday, 25 February 2024

Whodunit Books (book signing)
163 Lilac Street, Winnipeg

Tuesday, 5 March 2024, 7:00 PM

United Community Arts
148 Moffat Avenue, Pilot Mound

Wednesday, 6 March 2024, 7:00 PM

Manitoba Antiques Association
St. James Legion #4, 1755 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

Thursday, 21 March 2024, 7:00 PM

Arden Heritage Committee
Crocus Club, Arden

Thursday, 28 March 2024, 6:30 PM

Boyne Regional Library
15 First Avenue SW, Carman

Saturday, 13 April 2024, 7:00 PM

Community Hall (Darlingford Museum fundraiser)
238 Railway Avenue, Darlingford

Sunday, 21 April 2024, 2:00 PM

Drop-In Centre (Carberry Museum fundraiser)
130 Main Street, Carberry

At the above presentations, On the Road to Abandoned Manitoba will be available for purchase at $32 per copy. Payment is accepted in cash, cheques, credit cards, debit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and e-transfers.

The Author

Gordon Goldsborough is the Head Researcher, Webmaster, and Past-President of the Manitoba Historical Society, and Production Coordinator & Pageant Editor of Prairie History magazine. For the past dozen years, he has been mapping historic sites all over Manitoba, including schools, churches, stores, homes, grain elevators, military bases, and more. His series “Abandoned Manitoba” on the CBC Weekend Morning Show has been running since mid-2015 and audio copies of every episode are available here.

Besides his historical interests, Goldsborough is a member of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba where he is a water quality specialist concerned with the impacts of humans on wetlands and lakes.

Contact Gordon Goldsborough at

See Also

Other books by the author:

Abandoned Manitoba

Abandoned Manitoba
by Gordon Goldsborough

More Abandoned Manitoba

More Abandoned Manitoba
by Gordon Goldsborough

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba

YouTube: Abandoned Manitoba, The Videos (Season 1)

Relic Run a journey back in time,” Virden Empire-Advance, 1 August 2023.

On the road with Abandoned Manitoba,” Friesens Corporation Blog, 12 October 2023.

New book goes on the road abandoned locales” by Svjetlana Mlinarevic, The Carillon, 16 December 2023.

Page revised: 6 February 2024