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Wawanesa is located approximately 50 kilometres southeast of Brandon in south western Manitoba. Incorporated in 1909, the village is home to a population of over 500 and a variety of businesses.
Wawanesa is home to the Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, which still has its Head Office located in town.
We welcome you to explore this wonderful community and you will find Wawanesa friendly and hospitable. With our unique scenery, friendly and laidback country living, we have something to offer everyone, young and old.
How Wawanesa got its Name
Wawanesa was originally called Sipiweske. The word "Sipiweske" (pronounced "Sip-O-Whiskey") means "light through the trees" in the Cree language. In 1890, after some obvious controversy, the name of the town was changed to Wawanesa, which is believed to be Cree for “Whip-poor-will”.
Brief History of Wawanesa
The first people to inhabit the area were First Nations people, mainly Cree and Sioux. The first Europeans settled in the late 1800's, with the early pioneers breaking the land for farms. By 1882, harvests were large enough to demand a local marketing centre. Even as the community grew, it could not provide all the services the farmers wanted. In 1890, the Northern Pacific Railroad (later the C.N.R.) moved through the area and with it came the construction of grain elevators and service centres that made the long and dangerous trip to Brandon almost unnecessary. With the arrival of the railroad, the village grew and Wawanesa was a flourishing rural community at the turn of the century.
Much of the land surrounding Wawanesa is rooted deeply in agriculture and crop production. The Souris River winds it’s way through the village, and the valley created by its banks offers a visual experience somewhat unique to most areas of the Canadian Prairies.
Wawanesa offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy the community and the surrounding area. Whether you are visiting for your first time, or are coming back for another visit, lasting friendships are waiting to be made.
Wawanesa allows you a chance to slow down time so you can enjoy yourself. Whether stopping by for the day, week or just passing through, allow the hospitality and friendliness of the people to make you feel welcomed.
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