Rivers is an unincorporated urban community in the Riverdale Municipality within the Canadian province of Manitoba. It is located 40 kilometres (25 mi) northwest of Brandon, 473 metres (1,552 ft) above sea level. It is within the Westman Region (Southwestern Manitoba). Agriculture, health and related businesses provide income for the community and area. Rivers has a population of 1,257 people in the 2016 census.[1]

Rivers
Unincorporated community
Rivers Train Station
Rivers Train Station
Rivers is located in Manitoba
Rivers
Rivers
Coordinates: 50°01′51″N 100°14′20″W / 50.0308°N 100.239°W / 50.0308; -100.239
Country Canada
Province Manitoba
RegionWestman Region
Census divisionNo. 7
Rural municipalityRiverdale Municipality
Founded1908
Amalgamated2015
Named forCharles Rivers Wilson
Government
 • TypeUnincorporated
 • Federal ridingDauphin—Swan River—Neepawa
 • Provincial ridingSpruce Woods
Area
 • Land7.98 km2 (3.08 sq mi)
Elevation
473 m (1,552 ft)
Population
 • Total971
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (Central Time Zone)
Postal code
Area codes204, 431
Provincial Trunk Highways PTH 25
Provincial Roads PR 250

History

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Rivers was named in 1908 after Sir Charles Rivers Wilson, Chairman of the Board of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway.[3]

During the Second World War, Rivers became one of the sites in Canada which helped to fix the positions of German U-boats using high-frequency direction finding. This site, along with Portage la Prairie increased the "fix" accuracy on the U-boats. [citation needed]

Rivers held town status prior to January 1, 2015. It was dissolved on that day as a result of its provincially mandated amalgamation with the Rural Municipality of Daly to form Riverdale Municipality.[4]

Demographics

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Historical census populations - Rivers, Manitoba
YearPop.±%
1986 1,157—    
1991 1,076−7.0%
1996 1,117+3.8%
2001 1,119+0.2%
2006 1,193+6.6%
2011 1,189−0.3%
2016 1,325+11.4%
2021 971−26.7%
Population amount after 2015 is for Rivers (Dissolved census subdivision), before 2015 for Rivers (Town)
Source: Statistics Canada[5]

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Rivers had a population of 971 living in 401 of its 428 total private dwellings, a change of -26.7% from its 2016 population of 1,325. With a land area of 7.98 km2 (3.08 sq mi), it had a population density of 121.7/km2 (315.1/sq mi) in 2021.[2]

Canada census – Rivers, Manitoba (Population centre in 2016; Town in 2011) community profile
20162011
Population1,257 (9.4% from 2011)1,189 (-0.3% from 2006)
Land area0.86 km2 (0.33 sq mi)7.97 km2 (3.08 sq mi)
Population density1,454.7/km2 (3,768/sq mi)149.3/km2 (387/sq mi)
Median age35.0 (M: 33.8, F: 37.3)40.2 (M: 38.8, F: 41.4)
Private dwellings540 (total)  526 (total) 
Median household income$55,168$44,239
References: 2016[6] 2011[7] earlier[8][9]

Attractions

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East of Rivers is Lake Wahtopanah, a 6-mile (9.7 km) long lake that is part of Rivers Provincial Park.

Infrastructure

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CFB Rivers, a former military base, is located 4 miles (6.4 km) west of the community. It was decommissioned in 1971.[10]

Rivers is served by Provincial Trunk Highway 25 (PTH 25) and Provincial Road 250 (PR 250). PTH 25 terminates just southwest of Rivers at the unincorporated community of Wheatland, while PR 250 intersects and briefly overlaps with PTH 25.

Rivers station is a station stop for Via Rail's The Canadian.

Education

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The local schools fall under the Rolling River School Division, with a nursery school, the Rivers Elementary School (kindergarten to grade 6), and Rivers Collegiate Institute (grades 7 to 12). The high school is a "Pay It Forward" school and works on programs to do just that.

In media

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In The Railrodder, Buster Keaton passes through Rivers. The first chapter the 2022 Keaton biography "Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker's Life." is titled "Rivers, Manitoba".[11]

Notable people

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  • Earl Dawson (1925–1987), politician and president of the Manitoba and Canadian Amateur Hockey Associations[12][13]

References

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  1. ^ a b "Census Profile: Rivers, Manitoba (Population centre)". Statistics Canada. 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Population and dwelling counts: Canada and designated places". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved Sep 3, 2022.
  3. ^ Douglas R 1933 Place-Names of Manitoba Geographic Board of Canada
  4. ^ "Manitoba's Municipal History: Municipal Amalgamations (2015)". The Manitoba Historical Society. December 1, 2014. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  5. ^ "Rivers, Manitoba (Code 4607077) Census Profile". 2016 census. Government of Canada - Statistics Canada.
  6. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 12, 2021. Retrieved 2021-04-04.
  7. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 21, 2019. Retrieved 2021-04-04.
  8. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. August 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 18, 2021.
  10. ^ Johhnie Bachusky, "Into the Void", Canadian Geographic Travel, Fall 2009. p. 62
  11. ^ Curtis, James (February 15, 2022). Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life. New York: Knopf. p. 3. ISBN 978-0385354219.
  12. ^ Goldsborough, Gordon (December 25, 2017). "Memorable Manitobans: Earl Phillip Dawson (1925-1987)". Manitoba Historical Society. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  13. ^ "Deaths: Earl Dawson". Winnipeg Free Press. Winnipeg, Manitoba. March 30, 1987. p. 33. 
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