GRAND MARAIS, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - July 14, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing financial support to the Rural Municipality of St. Clements for the renovation of the Heritage Wing in the Grand Marais Community Central.

James Bezan, Member of Parliament (Selkirk-Interlake), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced $70,000 in funding for the project.

Quick Facts

  • The renovation of the Heritage Wing in the Grand Marais Community Central will include the construction of an acoustic ceiling, interior walls, new floors, display cases, and specialized cabinets. An electrical system and a security monitoring system will also be installed.
  • Exhibits in the new heritage centre will trace the natural and cultural history and development of the region and include the stories of:
    • the creation of Lake Winnipeg and its beaches;
    • life along the East Beaches in the early days involving the Métis, First Nations, and European immigrants;
    • the construction of the railway line to the beaches, the subsequent development of the resort, and the transformation from a resource-harvesting community to a tourism service industry; and
    • the evolution of the community following the construction of the highway, the loss of the railway, and the establishment of a provincial park.
  • Funding is provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, which seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts, media arts, museum collections, and heritage displays.


"Our Government is proud to support this project, which will help share the story of Manitoba's East Beaches area. By showcasing the rich natural and cultural history of this region, the Rural Municipality of St. Clements is providing opportunities for all Canadians to learn about this beautiful and unique part of Manitoba."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The exhibits at the Heritage Wing will provide residents and visitors with a greater appreciation of the area's rich history. I am proud to announce funding for a project that will encourage people to see the region through a different lens, and increase economic and tourism opportunities in our communities."

-James Bezan, Member of Parliament (Selkirk-Interlake)

"The strong heritage of Grand Marais/Grand Beach and the Métis people is one to celebrate. The Heritage Wing of the Grand Marais Community Central Building will share and celebrate the great history of this area. From the train to the dance hall to the beautiful white sands; this has been part of Manitoba's history for over a century. I hope you all come to enjoy."

-Steve Strang, Mayor, Rural Municipality of St. Clements

Associated Links

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

Grand Marais Community Central Heritage Room

St. Clements Heritage

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