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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.