Land holdings in most of southern Manitoba have been determined using one of two systems. The older long-lot system, derived from the St. Lawrence lowlands in Quebec, is found along the Red River, along the Assiniboine River west to Portage la Prairie, as well as in several other isolated areas. Lots were laid out at right angles to the river, resulting in a distinctive pattern easily observed on remotely sensed images. The DSL system, which divided land into one square mile sections, was applied to virtually all other areas. The resulting squared pattern is a prominent feature on remotely sensed images. Interesting situations occur where the two systems come into contact. The DLS system was amended several times, but in Manitoba there is evidence of only the first and third systems. Careful interpretation of air photos can reveal the differences between the two systems.
PTH 18 11 runs through the centre of the community along the wide main street 3. Roads are aligned with the DLS system—east/west and north/south. The long building at the east side of the settlement is the local curling rink 12—a fixture in even the smallest Manitoba community.
Figure 7.21: Municipal Boundary at Ninette
Vertical air photograph: A19902-74
Flight height: 9,600 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 152.52 mm
Scale: 1:16,400 (approx.)
Location: Township 5; Ranges 16 and 17 WI
Map sheets: 1:250,000 62G Brandon
1:50,000 62G/5 Dunrea
[i] For details of the varying fortunes of Pelican Lake see Welsted, J. “The Ups and Downs and Ins and Outs of Pelican Lake: A Water Resource Dispute in Southwestern Manitoba” in Proceedings of The Prairie Division, Canadian Association Geographers. ed. M. R. Wilson. Saskatoon: University of Saskatchewan, 1992, 221-232.
[ii] For details see Steward, D. B. Holy Ground: The Story of the Manitoba Sanatorium at Ninette. Killarney: c1999.