Portage la Prairie


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Portage la Prairie

(pôr'tĭj lə prâr`ē), city (1991 pop. 13,186), S Man., Canada. It is the center of a mixed-farming region and has diversified industries. The city is near the site of Fort La Reine, an important fur-trading post built (1738) by VérendryeVérendrye, Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de la
, 1685–1749, explorer in W Canada and the United States, b. Trois Rivières (Three Rivers), Que. His father was the sieur de Varennes, for a time governor of Trois Rivières.
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 as a carrying point between the Assiniboine River and Lake Manitoba. The nearby Portage Diversion redirects Assiniboine floodwaters to the lake via a spillway.
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Born in Regina on 10 December 1917, McKay grew up in Portage la Prairie, attending Portage Collegiate Institute.
Many use WESTEST, a product development agency located in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
The Portage la Prairie Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee under President James Kostuchuk has received a Heritage Grant to undertake an analysis of military monuments around Manitoba.
The Association is represented through chapters in Pembina Valley, Portage la Prairie, Westman, Dauphin, Swan River, The Pas, Flin Flon, Thompson and Winnipeg River.
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Over the past six months, MHS First Vice-President James Kostuchuk and Secretary Gordon Goldsborough have been working with William Plenty, a filmmaker at Portage la Prairie, on a series of topics from Manitoba history.
One of the success stories in rural economic development in Manitoba comes not from an RDC, but from the City of Portage la Prairie.