Two national parks (RidingMountainNational Park and WapuskNational 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 WinnipegBeach) 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.
17.27: Indoor Sports Facilities at Strathclair
Air photo interpretation of the exact function of indoor sports/recreational facilities is more difficult than is the case for outdoor facilities as there are no diagnostic features to indicate the function of a building seen from above. However, in rural Manitoba villages and towns there is a good chance that large rectangular buildings with a curved roof are hockey or curling rinks, or both.
In this photo of Strathclair[i] three large buildings are located east of the main settlement. The smallest 1 has the distinctive shape and high profile (indicated by the shadows it throws) of an old style school building. East of it is a lower rectangular building 2 that is a newer school building. To the north is a long building in two parts 3; the western, somewhat wider part, has a curved roof and is almost certainly a hockey rink, whereas the eastern narrower part is a curling rink. To the east of this building is a rough baseball diamond 4.
Figure 17.27: Indoor Sports Facilities at Strathclair
Vertical air photograph: A18623-57
Flight height: 9,500 feet; lens focal length: 152.13 mm
Scale: 1:15,500 (approx.)
Date: September 13, 1964
Location: Township 16, Range 22W1
Map sheets: 1:250,000 62K Riding Mountain
1:50,000 62K/8 Newdale
[i] For details of the settlement of Strathclair see Hillman, W. G.” Evolution of the Strathclair District” in Welsted, Everitt and Stadel op. cit. 1996, 161-164.