November 14, 1989 the CP Rail does away with the Caboose on trains.
CNR did the same thing the following year.
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We hope you like our website. In this write-up, it is our desire to tell you about all the nice attractions that Souris has for you to visit, when you are in our town.
Of course, one of the great attractions is our famous Souris Swinging Bridge. It is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Canada. Todays bridge was opened in 2013, after our great flood of 2011, when it had to be cut loose before the Souris River washed it away with all it’s anchors, and possible impending damage to sewer and water systems.
When you arrive in Souris on Highway #250 from the North, or Highway #2 from the East or the West you will come to a junction with Highway #22 South. On the Northeast corner of this junction is the “Whiteowl Gas Bar”. West of the “Whiteowl” on the Northwest corner is the “Subway” cafe and on the Southwest corner of this junction you will see “The Rock Shop”. Be sure to visit “The Rock Shop” & get a permit to visit the largest Semi-precious stone & Agate pit in North America.
These businesses are all quite visible. Highway #22 South is also Souris’ 1st St. South. So in order to get to the Swinging bridge, go South on 1st St. South. Just past the new 4 story hotel/condo building on your left, turn left onto Crescent Ave. East, and 2 houses East will bring you right up to the West side of the Swinging Bridge.
Before you turn left onto Crescent Ave., East, make sure there is no traffic coming up the hill towards you. Also at Southend of the new 4 story building is a pedestrian cross-walk, so you will also have to watch out for pedestrians crossing. There is limited parking space at West side of Swinging bridge, so you may have to park farther down that street.
As soon as you turn East onto Crescent Ave. East you will see this small building in front of you. It holds an antique horse drawn fire wagon. To it’s right is Hillcrest Museum.This is the starting point of Tourism Row. Behind Hillcrest is an Agricultural Museum, and caboose CP 437180, which is also part of Hillcrest, and west across the street is “The Plum” museum, which is the oldest building in Souris and houses our tourist information booth.
Below “The Plum” is a Moose statue and at the bottom of the hill is Souris Railway Museum with it’s yellow track motor sitting in front. This Museum has no connection with Caboose CP 437180 behind “Hillcrest”. Further South is Victoria Park & Kiddies playgrounds and Lions Washrooms.
Also in Victoria Park at Southwest end is a well sheltered campground and excellent swimming pool with 3 slides. Also there is a lookout tower at South end of the Park which gives a good view of the town. Make sure you have your camera. The frog shown below is the Kiddies slide in our swimming pool.
Souris Glenwood Golf Course is 1 mile South # 22 highway. It is one of Manitoba’s most picturesque & challenging 9 hole courses. It boasts a newer licensed clubhouse with eating facilities. Club rentals & Cart rentals are available.Be sure and phone ahead for a tee time booking. Phone # is shown in photo at left. Just click your cursor on all photos & they will enlarge. We also have a newer skateboard park which is located Northwest of the schools. Also fishing available at the dam which is at East end of Souris, just south off #2 highway….There’s lots to do in Souris. More than the average small town in Manitoba. Enjoy & have fun.
Did you know ? That the non-operating unions of C.N.R. and C.P.R went on strike from August 22nd to August 28th, 1950 for higher wages and a 40 hour work week. There were thousands of other Railway employees that were not included in this strike, and after nine days off work, they could claim un-employment insurance. The Federal Government did not want that to happen, so the Federal Government forced the strikers back to work by an Act of Parliament, and ordered both sides to compulsory arbitration. The arbitrator’s ruling granted lower wages than bargained for and implemented the 40 hour week for the unions, starting in 1951. Thus, a new era began for our Canadian society, and that’s how Canada got the 40 hour week. Thanks to our non-op railroaders and railroad management. The non-ops were employees who were not involved in the actual running of trains such as; sectionmen, shopmen, carmen, yardmasters, dispatchers, telegraphers, agents, clerks etc. The Railroads in the United States had gained the 40 hour week about three years previously.
It’s an exciting year at the Souris Railway Museum!