Table of Contents
2: Location, Borders, and Lakes
3: Geologic Structure and Landforms
6: Pre-historic and Early Historic Settlements
7: Survey Systems
8: Southern Hamlets, Villages, and Towns
9: Mennonite and Hutterite Settlements
10: First Nations Settlements
11: Northern Settlements
12: The Southern Cities
13: Mining and Oil Extraction
15: Industry / Manufacturing
16: Water Resources
17: Parks, Recreation, Sports
18: Transport and Communications: Past and Present
19: Legal Issues and Law Enforcement
17: Parks, Recreation, Sports
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Two national parks (Riding Mountain National Park and Wapusk National Park), over 100 provincial parks and numerous local parks are located in Manitoba. Many of them are water-oriented with a lake or lakes as a part of the park. Also some recreational communities (e.g. Gimli and Winnipeg Beach) are located beside lakes. Outdoor sports facilities such as ski hills, golf courses and racetracks are readily identified on remotely sensed images but indoor facilities are more difficult. However, in small communities in southern Manioba there is a good chance that the largest building is a hockey rink and that long narrow buildings house curling lanes.
17.15: Golf Course at Brandon
Most cities and towns in Manitoba have a golf course either within their boundaries or nearby; Winnipeg has several. They range in quality and prestige from the Norwood Golf Course in Winnipeg, the Falcon Lake Golf Course, and the courses at Hecla Island and Riding Mountain National Park to rather primitive 9-hole courses in some of the towns of the dry southwest where water supply is a problem.
Golf courses are identified mainly on the basis of their shape; or more precisely the shape of individual holes with a long narrow fairway—usually light-toned because it is relatively dry—and a roughly circular green—usually dark-toned, because of dark green, well watered grass. The overall impression is fish like.
Shown on this photo is the City of Brandon Golf Course located on the south side of the eastward-flowing Assiniboine River 1 in the northwestern part of the city 2. The course is divided into two parts by a wooded cliff 3 with about half the holes located on low land near the river. These are frequently flooded in spring despite the construction of a dike on the south bank of the river 4 to try to protect them. Flooding still occurs as it did in 1996 when river water occupied an abandoned channel 5 to the west and then spread eastward. The holes above the river cliff 6, directly west of the clubhouse 7, are not affected.
North of the Assiniboine is Turtle Crossing which includes picnic and camping areas 8 as well as a circular swimming pool 9. In the light-toned cleared area to the east 10, there are now several baseball diamonds. People can reach Turtle Crossing either along the Grand Valley Road 11 or in the summer by a trail 12 that leads from a ferry that crosses the river 13.
Also of note on this photo are the following:
a) two abandoned river channels in addition to the one already mentioned. One, named Lake Percy 14, contains water and once extended further west 15. The other is partly covered by woodland—dark-toned 16—and partly cleared for agriculture—light-toned 17;
b) small plots of land 18 associated with the Agricultural Research Station—off the photo to the north; and
c) an existing railway line (Canadian Pacific) 19 with an abandoned line just south of it 20.
Figure 17.15: Golf Course at Brandon
Vertical air photograph: 8123-00-317
Flight height: lens focal length:
Scale: 1:10,000 (approx.)
Location: Township 10; Range 19W1
Map sheets: 1:250,000 62G Brandon
1:50,000 62G/13 Brandon
1:25,000 62G/13d Brandon (this map is very old, containing data from 1964)