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.
17.18: Recreational Facilities at Portage la Prairie
The photograph shows the southern part of the city of Portage la Prairie. The AssiniboineRiver (off the photo) passes the city to the south, although two abandoned meanders of the river—George Lake 1 and another further east 2—can be seen. In the northwest is part of Crescent Lake 3, also an abandoned meander, although judging from its radius and width, at the time of its formation, the river must have carried more water than now. Low-lying areas between meander scrolls are occupied by water 4. The twinned Trans-Canada Highway 5 also passes south of the city with PR 240 6 from St. Claude crossing it at a cloverleaf intersection 7 and leading to River Road 8 and 5th Street SE 9. The city’s sewage lagoons 10 are located southeast of the cloverleaf with a cemetery just to the south 11. On either side of PR 240 are small plots associated with an experimental farm (12 and 13).
Many of Portage la Prairie’s outdoor recreational facilities are located near Crescent Lake. A road crosses the lake leading to a racetrack 14 at the Exhibition Grounds. Two baseball diamonds (15 and 16) are situated inside the track. Southeast of the Exhibition Grounds is Island Park 17 in which are located camping areas 18, tennis courts 19, and the Rt. Hon. Arthur Meighen Monument. East of Crescent Lake is a group of eight baseball diamonds 20.
The older parts of Portage la Prairie are located north of Crescent Lake, just visible in the extreme north 21 with Portage la Prairie General Hospital on the southeast fringe 22. Well-treed newer developments—Koko Platz 23 and Mellenville 24—are located to the south separated by a channelized creek 25 that drains from Crescent Lake to George Lake. A nicely situated school 26 is located on Crescent Road 27. Two baseball diamonds are located east of it 28.
Figure 17.18: Recreational Facilities at Portage la Prairie
Vertical air photograph: MB96001-157
Flight height: 7,000 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 152.098 mm
Scale: 1:12,000 (approx.)
Date: May 27, 1996
Location: Township 11; Range 6WI
Map sheets: 1:250,000 62G Brandon
1:50,000 62G/16 Portage la Prairie