Cartwright, Manitoba

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Cartwright (49°05′44″N 99°20′24″W / 49.09556°N 99.34000°W / 49.09556; -99.34000, CST) is a village in southwestern Manitoba, Canada. It is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Roblin. The total population of the municipality of Roblin and the village of Cartwright is approximately 1,300 people. According to the 2011 census Cartwright has shown a 9.2% population increase; one of only two communities in Southern Manitoba.


Situated along the Badger Creek, the original location of Cartwright (also known as the Badger, or Old Cartwright) was established in 1879 by pioneers following the Boundary Commission Trail. Old Cartwright began on two town sites, one owned by P.C. McKibbin, the other by J.C. Waugh. The two men admired Sir Richard Cartwright and agreed to name their towns "Cartwright."

Waugh's land, being directly on the Boundary Commission Trail, became the area truly considered Cartwright.

In 1885, the location of Cartwright was moved 3.2 kilometres south to its present location to coincide with the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway line through that area.

About Cartwright[edit]

Cartwright was named after politician and businessman Sir Richard Cartwright, by first settlers P.C. McKibbon and J.C. Waugh. Cartwright's original location was along the Badger Creek and the Boundary Commission Trail and was known as the Badger, about two miles north of where it is today. Cartwright moved to its current location in 1885 with the building of the railway through this area. The village of Cartwright is located at the corner of Highway #5 and Highway #3 in the RM of Roblin, within the Province of Manitoba, in Canada. Cartwright has all the amenities needed for communities to prosper; many businesses and local services necessary for rural living: bank, library, two grocery stores, two gas stations, a post office, community hall, school for grades 1-12, a -new daycare facility for children 0-6 years old (built in 2013), modern curling and skating rink facility (built in 2009), golf course, ball fields, seniors drop-in-center, three restaurants, hotel, dental technician laboratory, insurance company, health center, lumber yard, auto service, computer service and more.

The village of Cartwright is responsible for the village waste and water systems, streets within the village. The village of Cartwright is run by an elected council of a mayor and four councillors. As well as regular village meetings and duties, the mayor and councillors also serve on a number of community boards. Village of Cartwright meetings are usually held every 3rd Monday of the month at the RM/Village office.

Ponderosa Days, Cartwright's annual summer celebration, is held August long weekend and features the annual Ponderosa Days parade, Culture Fest (a celebration of Cartwright's multiculturalism), and a very good display of fireworks.


The total population of RM of Roblin and the village of Cartwright is approximately 1,300 people. According to the 2011 census Cartwright has shown a 9.2% population increase; one of only two communities in Southern Manitoba. As a result of continuous immigration RM of Roblin and the Village of Cartwright have embraced a diverse and multicultural community. There are settled permanent residents from: United Kingdom, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, South Korea, Germany, Russia, Belize, Philippines, China and Bolivia.

The community has and continues to provide services it requires to remain viable in the long term. For over twenty years Cartwright and Area has committed time and money to the establishment and maintenance of an independent grade 12. When high school was threatened with closure, community banded together to ensure this necessary and essential structure stayed within community. For three years high school was completely funded by the community, and now there is a working relationship with the government in the shared cost of running an independent school. As immigration in Manitoba has increased, so to do the needs of new Canadians. With this in mind community has created a great focus on assisting permanent residents to ensure their continued success in the community. RM of Roblin and the Village of Cartwright in conjunction with the CDC, developed and maintaining partnerships with numerous organizations such as: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Manitoba Immigration and Multiculturalism Department, MAFRI, SEED Winnipeg, and others. RM of Roblin and the Village of Cartwright provide settlement services for immigrants, EAL classes, community work loans and Asset Building Programs. The partnership with the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is a contract to provide regional settlement services. The goal of the Cartwright-Killarney-Boissevain Settlement Services project (CKBSS) is to provide a quality, welcoming resource for eligible Newcomers located within the areas in-and-surrounding the communities of Cartwright, Killarney and Boissevain by assisting individuals and families to make their new community home.


Primarily a farming community, Cartwright also hosts truss rafter manufacturing, trailer manufacturing plants and "Ready To Move" or "RTM" house construction — homes that are built in one location and moved by road to their final destination. The community boasts a huge manufacturing industry. There are over 15 major manufacturers, who employ more than 100 workers, and are willing to continue to hire skilled labour. RM of Roblin and the Village of Cartwright industry produces flat-deck and cargo trailers, dump trailers and Quad-Wagon End dump trailers of all shapes and sizes, grain bins, RTM houses, kitchen cabinets, carpentry products, and trusses to name a few. There is also a company in the village that has all necessary equipment and trained staff to directional drill underground lines, cables and geothermal fields. The largest manufacturers in community are Rainbow Trailers and Canuck Trailers. Both companies are presently expanding their production. Not only there is employment to maintain growth and success, at present time there is also sufficient affordable housing in the village and area. The Village of Cartwright and CDC also have 2 subdivisions in the process. These subdivisions will be completed within a year 2014; which will create more than 50 affordable lots within the Village of Cartwright. Like affordable housing, working parents need accessible, affordable child care services to maintain employment and make significant contributions to local economy. In April 2013 a brand new Daycare Facility was opened in the Village of Cartwright

Mixed farming is most common in the Cartwright area. Crops commonly harvested include wheat, barley, oats, canola, and flax, as well as some sunflower and peas.


Recreation in Cartwright, Mather & R. M. of Roblin includes: Library, Public Skating, Hockey, Figure Skating at Mac Robinson Community Center, Public Skating at Mather Rink, Curling at Catwright curling club, Golfing at Cartwright Town & Country Golf Club (golf course), Baseball, softball at Waldie Ball Field, Swimming, paddling pond, BBQ's, picnic areas and changing facilities at Badger Creek Park, Swimming, fishing, boating, sailing, camping and hiking at Rock Lake, Camping, playground, museums at Heritage Park, Corner Pocket billiards, Groomed snowmobile trails, Nature trail at Rock Lake, Hunting, Fishing, Variety of courses and activities sponsored by the Recreation Commission, Vocal and instrumental tuition, 4H programs, Exercise and work out at the Arena Fitness Center and more.

Southern Manitoba Review[edit]

The local newspaper, the Review, was started in 1899 by Robert J.C. Stead; in 1904 the paper was renamed The Southern Manitoba Review.[1] In 1908 the paper was taken over by Stead's brothers-in-law, D.J. and Will Wallace. The newspaper is still in the Wallace family.

Places of interest[edit]

The Clay Banks buffalo jump

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