Working in the present while preserving the past for now and the future

The Lac du Bonnet District Museum

 

Lac du Bonnet District Museum

The Lac du Bonnet District Museum collects and preserves artifacts integral to the area’s history from prehistoric and early pioneer times to the industries which contributed to the region’s development through to the present.

 

Come discover the stories of those whose visions and ideas created the Lac du Bonnet area through mining discoveries and brick manufacturing, which contributed to the construction of railway lines and Hydro electric generating stations. Located where the prairie meets the rugged boreal shield, Lac du Bonnet is a place where industries collided: plentiful trees led to timber harvesting and pulp production, early residents who settled the land turned to hunting, fishing, trapping and farming to survive, while the aviation industry found this to be the perfect place for their daring bush pilots to venture deeper into the untamed wilderness, further opening up the region for development.

 

Hans Erickson 1881– 1954 ~ Photo Courtesy Liz Tyndall

Hans Erickson

Enjoy exhibits and photo displays focusing on these industries and people, including over twenty-seven nationalities who came together to establish the area known today, while exploring the museum building itself, which is a fully restored, hand-crafted, stacked log cabin.

W.D. Halliday

Situated in the beautiful Halliday Park, so named for the area’s first registered homesteader, William Duncan Halliday, this log cabin was built in 1935 by Hans Erickson for his daughter, Linnea Tyndall, and her family. Erickson had immigrated to Canada in 1904 from Norway. Once here, he found work at the Pinawa Generating Station blasting rock in summer and cutting wood during the winter months. He was also among the first homesteaders, securing a land grant for 160 acres to the north of the Pinawa Dam town site. In 2004, the cabin was donated by Liz and Alvin Tyndall to the Lac du Bonnet and District Historical Society for use as a museum.

 

Museum Hours for 2017

 

May Saturdays & Sundays Noon – 4:00pm
June Saturdays & Sundays Noon – 4:00pm
July Wednesday through Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm
August Wednesday through Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm
September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
10:00am – 4:00pm
 Note: Special events

May 20th Museum opening

July 1st Canada Day

September 2nd Heritage Day

 

 


 

Located in beautiful Halliday Park on Hwys 502 & 313 near the Winnipeg River Bridge

 

Meeting Notices
Meetings: First Wednesday of Every Month
Time: 10:00 AM
Where: Town Office
Logs and Lines