Community Profile - Neepawa History & Heritage

Neepawa History
 
Known to its aboriginal dwellers as a good hunting and gathering area, Neepawa in fact means "Land of Plenty" in the Cree language. Early fur traders and settlers knew Neepawa as an area of stable lcimate, good soils and abundant harvests.

When the Province of Manitoba was established in 1870, the Neepawa area lay within what was then known as "The Northwest Territories", just to the west of the postage stamp province. During the next 30 years, a wave of settlers descended upon the area. The feverish activity established the framework on which the present day community was built. The first settlers came from the British Isles and groups of Eastern European settlers soon followed. The most notable of these was the Hun's Valley Settlement, a colony of Polish and Hungarian settlers.
 
In 1881, the western boundary of Manitoba was extended to its present location, and Neepawa became part of the province.
 
The residents of Neepawa consider their town one of the most beautiful in the province. They may be right, as the community has been awarded Manitoba's "Most Beautiful Town Award" more often than any other community. Neepawa's streets are lined with trees and beautiful beds of flowers, and the town has been named the "World Lily Capital".
 
The landscape around Neepawa is almost as beautiful. The rolling hills draped in golden wheat fields make for some of the most picturesque settings in the region. Stands of trees and winding streams only add to the landscape, which to many is a postcard waiting to happen.