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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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Military History Project - Info Needed Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:24

Request for Additional Information: "The Boy's from Minaki" - World War I and World War II

The information describing the military and personal lives of the seven local Minaki residents that gave their lives in two world wars forms the basis for a permanent plaque. However, this information cannot be said to be complete until every possible avenue for any missing details has been explored.

The type of information that we are seeking should address the following categories;

  • Any additional military and personal history on the seven identified young men.
  • Information on Minaki residents that were enlisted in the military during any conflict that involved Canada and either survived and returned to non-military occupations or remained within the military career wise.
  • Military and personal information on Seasonal residents of Minaki involved in conflict.
  • Military and personal information on residents of Redditt involved in conflict.

The information that we have on the seven young men, is available online at the individual web links below, or dowload the entire "icon The Boys from Minaki (146.48 kB)" information package.

Private George Kippling - World War I

Pilot Officer Horace George Yelland - World War II

Aircraftman 2nd Class John (Jack) Henry McNally - World War II

Flight Sergeant Alexander Cuthbert Weir - World War II

Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Turner - World War II

Private Gerald Perron - World War II

Pilot Officer Allan Frank McNally - World War II

The information that we have on the seven young men was gleaned mainly from the Book of Remembrances located in Ottawa, some personal recollections and the historical record. Any additional information on these lads would help to 'flesh out' their biography and provide us with additional appreciation on their experiences; what their sacrifice entailed. Equally important is knowing the identity of other local residents who shared similar risk when they enlisted in the military and were fortunate enough to return home after the conflict. Their participation should not be forgotten.

During the past one hundred years since the Hamlet of Minaki was officially identified as a community on plan M222, "cottagers" played an important role in the development of Minaki. Many identify our community as their 'real home' even though they make their living elsewhere. Lasting friendships have been formed that create an emotional bond more important than four season habitation. They have earned a place in the heart of Minaki.

Redditt has always been a sister community to Minaki. Since their formations over a hundred years ago the few miles of separation have not prevented the young people in both communities from social interaction by visits, sports and dances and in some cases, marriage. As well there have been decades when members of the same families i.e., McNally, Perron and Rheault resided in both communities. The community of Redditt has always honoured the closeness of our communities every November eleventh by identifying our boys from Minaki in their Remembrance Day Ceremony.

Please forward any information to Bob McNally by phone, snail mail or e-mail:
Home: 807-547-2781     Work: 807-468-2991
Mail: Site 8 Box 37, Keewatin, ON  P0X 1C0
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Minaki Fireworks - Donate your empties! Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 12:44

For all Residents and Cottagers in the Minaki Region.

Everyone has blessed the Minaki Fireworks Committee with continuous donations in the past years. We continue to strive to give everyone a
bigger and better show each year. We have an idea that may prove to be easier on your pocket book!

Now that the Minaki Marina has an LCBO  -why not donate your empties to the Minaki Fireworks? It’s easy, painless and perhaps
easier on the pocket book!

We have a donation box set up in the Marina.

Minaki Fireworks Committee.

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