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The Town of Rivers and Rural Municipality of Daly have been home to many residents and businesses since the "door to the land of promise" was opened wide in 1907 by Grand Trunk Pacific Railway president Sir Charles RIVERS-Wilson.This home town community continues to attract industry, business, residents and visitors for the many advantages of living in a small community - friendly and helpful people, security, peacefulness with all the amenities of a larger centre. The Town of Rivers and the Rural Municipality of Daly are no exceptions to the rule. In this community, people always greet you with a smile and are willing to help out when you need a hand. Rivers has its own police department, hospital, and two schools with a growing economic base, recreation facilities and many supportive community groups.
Rivers is a town in the Canadian province of Manitoba located 40 kilometres northwest of Brandon. Rivers had a population of 1,193 people in the 2006 census. Rivers was named in 1908 after Sir Charles Rivers Wilson, Chairman of the Board of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. It is 473 metres above sea level, and is entirely encircled by the Rural Municipality of Daly in the Westman Region (Southwestern Manitoba). Agriculture, Health and related businesses provide economics for the community and area.
The local schools fall under the Rolling River School Division, with a Nursery School, Rivers Elementary school (Kindergarten - Grade 6), and Rivers Collegiate Institute (Grade 7 - Grade 12). New playground equipment was installed in 2010 at the Rivers Elementary School and is put to good use by the whole community. The high school is a "Pay It Forward" school and works on programs to do just that. For decades Rivers Collegiate has been praised for its outstanding sports programs, including volleyball, basketball, and baseball.
Nearby is Lake Wahtopanah. This lake is a part of the Rivers Provincial Park and provides good fishing both summer and winter. There are many campsites to be rented and walking trails, miniature golf or a delicious ice cream help pass those summer vacation days. Depending on the season, you will see a variety of users on the lake from swimming, waterskiing, sailing, to snowmobiling and ice fishing. There are permanent cottages and homes on both sides of the lake. With its length of 13 km, there is room for everyone.
With the number of businesses the community has, you can find something for everyone. Whether it involves summer events such as parades or fairs, or winter events such as curling, hockey, snowmobiling or more, there is lots to do. The choice is yours. A new multi use community complex is under construction and will be completed in the fall of 2011. Rivers is working hard to be recreation destination community.
CFB Rivers, an abandoned military base, is located seven miles west of the town. It was decommissioned in 1971.
The Rivers railway station is a station stop for Via Rail's The Canadian.
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