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Chapter 17: Parks, Recreation, Sports

17.19: Racetrack at Wawanesa

Following World War II, harness racing was an extremely popular summer pastime in rural southern Manitoba; many villages and towns had a racetrack, which given the space requirements, was usually located at the edge of the settlement as illustrated in the following photographs. There are now fewer operational tracks but race meets were scheduled for eleven locations in 2006

The racetrack at Wawanesa 1, like the village itself, is located within a meander loop of the Souris River 2. Inside the track is a baseball diamond 3, the boundaries for which can be clearly seen to north, east, and south. Given that the land inside the track is essentially wasted land, this association of baseball diamonds inside racetracks is very common. Wawanesa was one of the venues scheduled for races in 2006.

Figure 17.19: Racetrack at Wawanesa

Figure 17.19: Racetrack at Wawanesa

Figure 17.19

Vertical air photograph: 8123 No. 00-294

Flight height:   focal length:

Scale 1:9,900 (approx.)

Date: 1981

Location: Township 7; Range 17WI

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62G Brandon

                    1:50,000 62G/12 Wawanesa