Waskada Grain Elevator

Waskada grain elevator
Waskada, Manitoba

The town of Waskada, Manitoba has a single grain elevator. The Waskada grain elevator is a former Agricore structure.

Agricore logo in Waskada
Agricore logo in Waskada

Waskada used to be on the CP Lyleton subdivision. This was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) at the turn of the 20th century and was completed in 1900 to Waskada with the first scheduled train arriving on New Year’s Day, 1900. It was extended to Lyleton by 1903. The rails were lifted by 1996.

Waskada grain elevator

Waskada had three elevators until the late 1990s, as seen in this Bruce Selyem photo. It’s not clear if the Waskada grain elevator is still in use.

Waskada has seen major growth due to the development of the nearby Bakken shale oil fields. At one time it was the smallest incorporated village in Manitoba.

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Cartwright Grain Elevator

Cartwright grain elevator with tractor
Cartwright, Manitoba

There is one grain elevator in Cartwright, Manitoba – a former Manitoba Pool elevator. It is now privately owned.

Cartwright was served by the CP Napinka subdivision, but lost its rail service when that subdivision was cut back to near Killarney. Cartwright was originally about 2 miles north of where it is today, but when the CPR built the railway south of the town in 1885, the town was moved.

The Cartwright grain elevator sits in the middle of town and appears to be well maintained.

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Souris Grain Elevator

Souris grain elevator
The former Manitoba Pool grain elevator in Souris, MB

The town of Souris, Manitoba has two grain elevators, as well as its famous swinging bridge.

Manitoba Pool

The former Manitoba Pool grain elevator stands at the junction of the CP Estevan subdivision and the CP Glenboro subdivision.

The former Pool elevator no longer has rail service.

Souris Grain Elevator


Just east of the former Pool elevator is a modern Viterra grain elevator at “Souris East”.

The town of Souris used to have a train station, and a roundhouse for servicing locomotives. Both were located near the former Manitoba Pool elevator. The Canadian Pacific Railway operates a maintenance base in this area.

Souris is well known for its swinging bridge, Canada’s longest historic suspension bridge. Souris has a railway museum located in an old railway car on “Tourism Row”, featuring a diesel locomotive simulator, a telegraph, and other railway artifacts.

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Nesbitt Grain Elevator

Nesbitt grain elevatorThere are two grain elevators in or near Nesbitt. The first Nesbitt grain elevator is the former Manitoba Pool elevator just east of town, and the other is a newer Cargill facility west of town at Page.

The Cargill facility is served by CP Rail on the CP Glenboro subdivision. It was owned by ConAgra Limited (and later Pioneer), and expanded from 14,510 to 17,700 tonnes between 2000 and 2001.

The former Manitoba Pool Nesbitt grain elevator was moved from Routhwaite in 1984. It has a capacity of 4,890 tonnes.

Nesbitt had a UGG elevator closer to town at one point but it was demolished sometime after 1989.

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Cypress River Grain Elevators

Cypress River grain elevators
The grain elevators in Cypress River, Manitoba

There are two grain elevators in Cypress River, Manitoba, both owned by N.M. Paterson. One is a former Manitoba Pool grain elevator.

The following companies owned Cypress River grain elevators:

  • Ogilvie Flour, by 1897
  • Farmers’, by 1897
  • Canada North-West Elevator Company, by 1897, burned 1898
  • Imperial, 1898, became International and then Federal, became Pool B, burned 1975
  • McLaughlin, burned 1920 or 1922
  • Western, became UGG in 1918, bought by Manitoba Pool Elevators in 1928 and torn down
  • Northern Elevator, built 1898, bought by N.M. Paterson in 1918; rebuilt in 1927
  • Manitoba Pool Elevators, built 1928

Cypress River had rail access by the CP Glenboro subdivision, but the rail was abandoned around 2014. At one time the River Hills Railroad was looking into acquiring the line but this fell through.

Cypress River grain elevators
Cypress River grain elevators, 1911

Cypress River hosts an annual Agricultural Fair, a campground, an arena with curling and hockey sheets, and is crossed by the Trans-Canada trail. It has a population of about 175 people.

Paterson grain elevators

Holland Grain Elevator

Holland grain elevator
The Holland grain elevator

The town of Holland, Manitoba hosts a Paterson grain elevator. This elevator has a capacity of 3,240 tonnes and is owned by the N.M. Paterson grain company.

There were a number of different grain elevators in Holland over the years:

  • Ogilvie (built 1895, burned 1948)
  • International Elevator / Federal Grain
  • Lake of the Woods
  • Holland Farmers (destroyed by fire, 1913)
  • Interior
  • Victoria McCabe
  • N.M. Paterson
  • Manitoba Pool (built 1927, demolished November 2003)

Holland is on the CP Glenboro subdivision. However, it is on the portion that CP is planning to abandon, so it is uncertain if it will retain rail service.

This barn/elevator is on a farm nearby.

Holland Sign and Windmill
Windmill and Holland sign