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Swan River

The town of Swan River (population 3,859 in 2006) is located on the south bank of the Swan River 1 in the fertile valley between Duck Mountain to the south and the Porcupine Hills to the north. Located in an area of fertile soils developed on Lake Agassiz sediments, it is the northernmost large agricultural centre in Manitoba.

The older part of town is oriented with respect to the CN line 2 that passes through it in a north-northwest/south-southeast direction. Roads are parallel to and at right angles to this line. Two roads, one on either side of the line 3, run parallel to it defining a railway zone with elevators 4 located along it. PTH 10 5 enters town from the east where it has the form of a divided highway 6. Further west it turns slightly south to harmonize with the railway-determined road pattern. Here it is wider than the other roads 7 and is clearly the main street. A commercial zone, with many large buildings 8, has developed along it and a number of side streets 9. PTH 83 enters from the south 10.

The newer outskirts of town have a road pattern that harmonizes with the DLS system. This is particularly the case in the north, but near the northern edge the grid breaks down, and bays 11 and curved roads along the river 12 using the topography can be seen. Trailer courts 13 are located in the east.

Individual items that can be identified are: racetracks 14, one of which is associated with a school 15, a recreational area with four baseball diamonds 16, a hospital 17, and an airfield 18.


Figure 8.64

Swan River