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2016 Minaki Cocktail Party Fundraiser Print E-mail
Friday, 17 June 2016 12:39

We are happy to announce that the 2016 Minaki Cocktail Party and Fundraiser is set for:

Sunday July 24th, from 4 to 8 pm at the Minaki Community Hall.

Like last year, the Minaki Cottagers Association will be organizing the event, with proceeds benefitting the Minaki Community Association, the Minaki Foundation, and the Minaki Cottagers Association.  There'll be the usual fabulous food from Denise and Jean Louis.

Please buy tickets online at the Minaki Cottagers Association website ( by clicking the button below.  Tickets are still $25 (no part of the ticket cost is tax duductible).


If you'd like to volunteer to help at the event, contact Carol Engebretson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  We look forward to seeing you all again this year on July 24th.]

Minaki Foundation Board.

Minaki School History Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 10:42

A historical account of the Minaki School history written by the late Jack Charlesworth (to read the full account, view the PDF file).

Minaki School Section No 1 (1916-69)

The Townsite of Minaki got it's start when the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway was being built across Canada. In 1906 this construction was in full swing and of course the crossing of the Winnipeg River created a natural meeting place. Much Labour was required to blast out the series of rock cuts and fill the valleys with the rock fill. The river also had to be bridged so a small community of construction personnel and their families collected at this point and some of them never left. The river also became a supply route with steamboats plying between Kenora and Minaki

One of the families who came to this emerging village was that of W.G. Muncer whose family is still represented in the populations of Minaki...

To read the full account, view the PDF file:  icon Minaki School History 1916-69 (Jack Charlesworth)

Historic Pictures from Chris Chupik Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 April 2016 13:45

Chris Chupik sent us some historic pictures of Minaki featuring Richard (Dick) Geroux, Minaki Lodge and Holst Point Lodge. 

Holst Point Lod...
Holst Point Lodge
Minaki Lodge
Minaki Lodge
Dick Geroux
Dick Geroux
Daddy at the Re...
Daddy at the Regatta

If you have any great pictures, historic pictures etc. send them along and we'll put them up for you.

Minaki History Society Seeking Input Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 April 2016 11:59

The Minaki History Society, a committee of Minaki cottagers, is actively working on the development of the history of Minaki and the section along the Winnipeg River from The Dalles to White Dog. We are developing storylines, preparing chronologies, conducting interviews, and collecting photographic treasures for a wide range of topics and areas of interest.

These include Indigenous Peoples, Pre-1900 Exploration/ Expeditions/ Fur Trade, the Hudson's Bay Company, the Railroad, Townsite and Cottage Development, Holst Point Lodge, Minaki Inn and Minaki Lodge, PALA Camp, Tourism, Mining and Lumbering, Aviation, Hydro Development, Health and Education, Hunting/ Fishing/ Trapping, Policing, Commercial Camps, Boating and Marinas, and the arrival of the Road being just some of them.

Our goals are to develop and populate a dynamic website, to provide all collected information to the Lake of the Woods Museum for safe storage and public use, and to ultimately publish a book.

It is now time to reach out to a wider audience, so we are asking for any stories (long or short), contacts, leads, photos, videos, or " factoids" that can be provided. Every piece of information adds to the collective story we want to tell. We have also developed questionnaires for both cottagers and residents that we can send out, to anyone interested, to help spark memories.

A couple of short "did you know?" facts:

1. Charles Melville Hays, the President of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad, and a driving force both for the railroad's existence and for its Winnipeg River Crossing location at what became, in 1911, Minaki, was drowned in the early morning of April 15, 1912 on the Titanic and he never saw the completion of his dream.

2. In early August 1946, Ben Hogan, arguably one of the greatest golfers of all time, and his wife Valerie holidayed at Minaki Lodge and fished and golfed. Ben waived his normal appearance fee of $ 500.00 and put on a clinic on the Stanley Thompson designed golf course. He returned to Winnipeg and, in shooting a 7 under 281 over 4 rounds at Niakwa G. & C.C. beat out Sam Snead to win $ 2,000. and the CPGA Open Championship. His tour leading winnings after the CPGA were $29,000.

We look forward to any and all input and assistance to this exciting project, and we can be contacted at via Garry Bolton at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also check us out on Facebook at Minaki History Society.

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