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The Tiger Hills Near Baldur

The Tiger Hills are part of the Darlingford moraine that runs across southern Manitoba from the Brandon Hills in the west to Pembina Mountain in the east. The hills occupy the central part of this image and are characterized by hummocky terrain, much of which is too hilly for agriculture. Consequently much of the land is left wooded and is dark-toned 1. Depressions are occupied by numerous lakes, some of which are large enough to be named on the 1:250,000 topographic map: McLean Lake 2, the northern part of which is light-toned and the south, dark; Breaults Lake 3; Hoseas Lake 4; and Jones Lake 5. The lakes vary in tone from almost black 6—these are deep with little suspended sediment—to dark grey 7, shallower with suspended sediment, to almost white 8—these illustrate the effect of specular reflection. The ice from which the Tiger Hills moraine was deposited advanced from the north and left behind a series of lobate ridges 9.

North of the moraine is flatland, part of the Assiniboine Delta deposited into glacial Lake Agassiz. Lakes are fewer but one large one, Goodmans Lake 10, can be seen in the north/centre. It is partly unfilled by emergent vegetation. Near the northern edge of the photo is Glenboro Marsh 11 that empties into Oak Creek 12 that flows northwest to the Assiniboine (off the image to the northwest). The lowland occupied by Oak Creek, Glenboro Marsh and Cypress River (just off the northeast corner of the photo) represents the position of a distributary of the Assiniboine at the time the Assiniboine Delta was formed.

On this high-level, small-scale photo the DLS system is obvious especially in areas devoted to agriculture. In the hills, however, the roads cannot always follow section lines as they are forced to detour around lakes 13. Several major route ways can be seen. PTH 23 14 runs east/west and PTH 5 15 north/south across the area. The CN line 16 enters from the southwest and then follows the same route as PTH 23. In the northeast corner a very faint line 17 indicates the position of an underground oil pipeline.

The small Icelandic settlement, Baldur 18, is located south of the hills. It is laid out in grid form with roads parallel and at right angles to both the highway and railway line.


Figure 3.55

The Tiger Hills Near Baldur