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St. Leon is located on the northeast edge of Pembina Mountain in south-central Manitoba. It is the first settlement shown in this chapter that is not directly affected by a railway line. This small French-Canadian settlement has its main street 1 along a north/south section line. Short roads run east/west from that 2. Although the area is dominated by the DLS system, thin strips of land run back from the main street both east 3 and west 4. The spired church can just be identified on the basis of its shadow 5. Writing in 1978 Tyman[i] stated, “St. Leon is still very much a French community. It was settled by persons from the Province of Quebec, who by keeping to themselves have managed to preserve much of the old way of life though they are almost surrounded by W.A.S.P.S…. The village itself has a population of less than 100 persons, the greater bulk of whom depend for their livelihood on a co-operative—which in making it possible for the people to work together, has enhanced both the economic and linguistic future of the community.” PTH 23 6 crosses the area in the north.
Some patches of trees remain 7 in this agricultural area that is sparsely populated with only one or two farms per section 8. Although the land is flat there is evidence of soil erosion in some locations 9.
[i] Tyman, J. and D. Where on Earth: Mid Latitude Grasslands (Library Edition). Brisbane: Atham Educational, 1978, 12.