Winnipeg, Manitoba. Department of Mines and Natural Resources. Circa 1948.
Pamphlet 9 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches unfolding to a large colorful pictorial map of the province 27 3/4 x 19 1/2 inches. Pinhole separations at fold intersections, short (1/4 inch) splits repaired by a previous owner at several fold ends. An uncommon map in good condition. Map is titled "Pictorial Map of the Province of Manitoba" (The Shield of Arms of Manitoba is depicted atop the map's title) and situates the Province in proximity to its neighbors: to the west, Saskatchewan, to the east Ontario, and to the northeast, Hudson Bay, while the southern border abuts North Dakota. Within the map itself are several large lakes, including Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba. The capital, Winnipeg, is situated close to the southern border with North Dakota. The map is populated with an exceptional number of pictorial images: animals, hunters, aircraft, forests, farms, trappers, fishermen, birds, leaping fish, etc. To the extreme north is the town of Churchill on Hudson Bay, which flourished as an important tourist destination--"the jewel of Manitoba, a place where visitors could see polar bears, belugas and northern lights." A wash-out of the VIA Rail train line to the city in 2017 severely impacted tourism, reducing traffic by 80%. It was December 2018 before service (for the two-day trip) was restored. Depicted on the map adjacent to the city of Winnipeg is an image of a coal-fired steam locomotive, clearly reflecting the circa 1948 date of publication. Item #55477