Manitoba's southwest region stretches from the Red River Valley to the small francophone community of St. Lazare near the Saskatchewan border, and includes the Pembina Valley region and the Métis community of St. Laurent, on the shores of Lake Manitoba.



The area boasts some of the most fertile farmland in the province. Picture endless fields of golden wheat stretched out under a vast azure sky… a breathtaking scene that is typical of this magnificent region so rich in agriculture and history. 

This area has witnessed a strong francophone presence for nearly 200 years. The prairies of the Red River Valley were the staging area for the great Métis buffalo hunts. The Pembina Valley region drew countless European settlers and was immortalized in La Route d’Altamont, a collection of writings by the acclaimed Manitoba author, Gabrielle Roy.


Connecting the Crow Wing Trail to Santiago

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All Roads Lead to... Santiago de Compostela! Manitoba's Crow Wing Trail / Chemin Saint-Paul runs 193 km between Winnipeg and Emerson.