10 Interesting Facts About Selkirk, Manitoba

Facts About Selkirk Manitoba

Facts About Selkirk

  • The city was named in honour of Scotsman Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk, who obtained the grant to establish a colony in the Red River area in 1813.
  • Selkirk is a city in the western Canadian province of Manitoba, located on the Red River about 22 kilometres (14 mi) northeast of the provincial capital Winnipeg. 
  • The town was named Selkirk and incorporated in 1882.
  • The Estimated Population of Selkirk is 10,278.
  • The Selkirk Mental Health Centre is the largest mental health facility in the province and a major employer in the city.
  • Selkirk is 225 m above sea level.
  • The Selkirk Post Office was the town’s first public building, constructed between 1907 and 1909.
  • Selkirk is known as the “Catfish Capital of the World”.
  • The Selkirk Fair and Rodeo are held annually to celebrate the area’s agricultural history.
  • Selkirk was incorporated as a city in 1998.
Facts About Selkirk Manitoba
Facts About Selkirk Manitoba