Red River Reasons

Follow the adventures of new area resident Bob Turner as he explores Red River North with family and friends.

  • Red River Reasons

    • Row, Row, Row Your Boats…

      Row, Row, Row Your Boats…

      Red River North Tourism was pleased to be a premiere sponsor of the Red River Paddle Challenge on Saturday, September 26th. Sixty-two participants paddled the 45km (28mi) course. The race had a staggered start, with the entrants leaving St. Vital Park beginning at 9:36am and paddling to The Half Moon …
    • Mural, Mural, On the Wall

      Mural, Mural, On the Wall

      Now that the “lockdown” has come to an end, or at least we are being afforded a few more freedoms in our everyday living, I thought I should get busy writing about all the tourist attractions we have here in Red River North. So, do I invite everybody to this …
    • Twenty Reasons in 2020

      Twenty Reasons in 2020

      I have said so many times that there are countless reasons to spend time in Red River North. For my first offering of the new year, I thought it fitting to give 20 of the main reasons that I have said this. A good friend, (who is more energetic than …
    • Two Hours of Reasons

      Two Hours of Reasons

      By: Bob Turner Got a couple of hours to spare to get an overview of the history of Selkirk, St. Andrews and St. Clements? Well, why not take the Selkirk & Area Heritage Tour. This driving tour offers you a view of over 30 historically significant features of Red River …
    • Take a Walk on the Wild Side

      Take a Walk on the Wild Side

      Looking to get away from it all, and spend a couple of hours close to nature, in a unique setting, enjoying the sounds and sights of a wild, untouched part of Manitoba? Then take a walk on The Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail. The boardwalk winds through the trees This self-guided …
    • A New Library…A New Vision

      A New Library…A New Vision

      CHAPTER 7 A New Library… A New Vision, By: Bob Turner Jim and Betty Anne Gaynor donated $ 1.5 million to the construction of a new library on condition that funding from the City of Selkirk, the Rural Municipalities of St. Clements and St. Andrews, and the Province of Manitoba …
    • Reading Between the Lines

      Reading Between the Lines

      By Bob Turner INTRODUCTION This time around, my reason for you to visit Red River North may have some of you puzzled, because it’s likely not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of tourism, or visiting a  city or area of our province. The attraction I …
    • Reasons to Remember

      Reasons to Remember

      By: Bob Turner April 9th is an important date in Canadian history, and in the history of Red River North. Why? It is the 102nd anniversary of The Battle of Vimy Ridge, a turning point in World War I, and the event that is often referred to as the time …
    • Moving Reasons #2

      Moving Reasons #2

      My last blog introduced the factors that motivated my wife Cynthia and I to move to the Red River North. I’m finally getting around to the second reason the region appealed to us: the abundance of historical attractions. River Road Heritage Parkway is a scenic drive through the making of …
    • Moving Reasons

      Moving Reasons

      By Bob Turner My first offering for 2019 is not a moving story, but it is a piece about moving. Why Selkirk?  Two years ago this month, my wife Cynthia and I moved to our home in St. Andrews, just on the fringe of Selkirk. Time and again, we have …
    • Tea with the Captain is Long Overdue

      Tea with the Captain is Long Overdue

      Three years ago, our daughter suggested she would like to take her grandmother to the tea room at Captain Kennedy House, south of Lockport on River Road. Sadly, the tea room closed that April (2015) before she was able to.
    • Get Me to the Church on Time

      Get Me to the Church on Time

      If you are interested in seeing interesting old buildings, the many historic churches in Red River North should be on your bucket list. This past summer, I decided to check out a few, and was amazed at the number of well-built, well-preserved structures there are.
    • A Grand Community

      A Grand Community

      In August, I decided to explore the northern-most part of Red River North. So with my wife and mother-in-law in tow, I headed up Highway 59 to Grand Marais, which is just 45 km north of Selkirk on Lake Winnipeg.
    • I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

      I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

      I must admit that although I was looking forward to the July 22, 2018 Garden and Art Tour, I was a bit skeptical of the potential success of such an event.
    • Ships Ahoy!

      Ships Ahoy!

      To say that our two oldest grandsons are interesting young fellows is an understatement. Elliot and Luke are an unusual mixture: both are into science and technology, and both love history (and not just the war part, although that is a large part of it).
    • Feeding Time

      Feeding Time

      Since moving to the Selkirk area, I have been astounded by the number of pelicans here. From our sunroom window, we have an excellent view of the Red River, and I have watched with fascination as flocks of these birds scout for fish in the river below.
    • Red River Reasons

      Red River Reasons

      RED RIVER REASONS By Bob Turner I am a relative newcomer to Red River North, having moved to the Selkirk area a year ago.There were a number of reasons why my wife and I decided to retire here: First and foremost was the fact we have family living near Lockport …