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Preserving a piece of the past along the Historic Dawson Trail

Welcome to the Dawson Trail Museum

In 2008 the RM of Sainte-Anne, Manitoba designated the Church of the Enfant-Jésus Heritage Site a Municipal Heritage Site, paving the way for the transition of the church to a rural museum in the summer of 2015. Officially renamed The Dawson Trail Museum in the summer of 2015, the site features a Romanesque style church, a century old cemetery, artifact displays and guided tours. The official grand opening is tentatively scheduled for the summer of 2016.

Located in the heart of the town of Richer, Manitoba, just 30 minutes east of Winnipeg off of the Trans Canada Highway, this historical gem offers you a window on the history of the development of southeastern Manitoba.

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Our rural museum is an active member of the Association of Manitoba Museums.

Planned Exhibits

The Dawson Trail Museum planned exhibits will provide a narrative of the area, including an over 100 year history of the site itself, daily life of the people that lived in the community, and the importance of the Dawson Trail to the people that lived and traveled on it.

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A Site History

The site of the Dawson Trial Museum tells an over 100 year old story. We invite you to read a time line of the site's history from its early beginnings in 1901 to the present.

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Archives, Photos, & Other Items

This section of the site will contain interesting stories and items found amongst the archives.

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Events Calendar

What happens in the community is important to everyone. If you would like us to add your upcoming event to our calendar, please feel free to email us at events@dawsontrailmuseum.ca and we will add it to our Upcoming Events Calendar for you. Please remember to give us at least two weeks notice where possible.

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Fundraising Focus for 2016

The Dawson Trail Museum committee is proud to announce the completion of this year’s project. Reconnecting water to the museum, renovating the bathroom to wheel chair access, adding on a kitchen counter and installing an outside ramp for everyone needs.

Thanks goes out to all who donated towards our goal which fund raised $ 9,000.00 towards this $ 15,000.00 project. Our sincere appreciation also goes to The Sir Thomas Cropo Foundation for granting us a sum of $6,000.00 towards the completion of this project.

Guided Tours

While we are in transition from church to The Dawson Trail Museum offers guided tours of the site in the summer for a small donation of $5.00 per person. Tours are by appointment only, and you can call Yvonne at (204) 422-9369 to arrange your visit.

If you see the doors open when you drive by, we are likely working away, please feel free to stop by and say hello.

Get Involved

There are several ways for you to get involved with the Dawson Trail Museum.

  • Become a Member
  • Volunteer for events or other sub-committees
  • Join our working board as a counselor
  • Donate your time and skills or gifts in kind
  • Donate a piece of your families past and allow us the privilege of preserving it for the future