The Elkhorn grain elevator is located on the Canadian Pacific Railway mainline. This elevator consists of a central elevator with an integrated annex on one side, and has a capacity of 3,190 tonnes. Construction on this elevator began in June 1965.
Elkhorn is a small community near the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. The trans-continental Canadian Pacific Railway tracks reached Elkhorn sometime between mid-April and late June 1882 on their march west toward British Columbia. Today this section of track is part of the CP Broadview subdivision.
This elevator is a former Manitoba Pool grain elevator and was the “B” elevator.
Elkhorn’s railway station was built in 1904 to a fairly typical CPR design.
It was sold on January 18, 1972 and later demolished. (Photo by G.A. Moore, from Canadian Rail #285)
Elkhorn’s Manitoba Pool “C” elevator was a former Lake of the Woods elevator, built in 1892, taken over by the Manitoba Pool. This elevator no longer exists.
The Pool “A” elevator may have been one of these:
the former Ogilvie elevator, built in 1914 to replace their flat warehouse built in 1886; or
the former Continental elevator, built in 1925 and taken over by the Manitoba Pool Elevator Association in 1928.
The Cameron grain elevator is a former Lake of the Woods elevator that became privately owned. It appears to be abandoned now.
This elevator was built sometime between 1902 and 1910 by the Lake of the Woods Milling Company. It shows that company’s name on one side and Five Roses Flour on another. The Five Roses brand was a Lake of the Woods brand, carried on by Ogilvie Milling when the companies merged in 1954. Today the Five Roses brand endures and is owned by Smuckers.
The elevator sits alone in the middle of fields, with a relatively new shale oil well nearby as its only company.
The elevator was bought by Manitoba Pool in 1959 and was closed in the late 1960s with the decline of the CPR Lyleton subdivision.
The elevator has an extended driveway (with no doors), a small office adjacent to the elevator, and no annexes or storage bins.
The condition of the elevator suggests it is no longer in use.
There are three grain elevators in the vicinity of Elva, Manitoba. One of the three Elva grain elevators may be the oldest grain elevator in Manitoba.
Lake of the Woods
The Lake of the Woods grain elevator in Elva is quite possibly the oldest grain elevator in Manitoba. It is believed to have been built between 1892 and 1899, and is (barely) still standing.
This elevator was at least partially rebuilt around 1950, and was purchased by the Manitoba Pool Elevators in 1959 and closed in the late 1960s.
United Grain Growers (UGG)
The nearby UGG (United Grain Growers) elevator is also still standing, although there is a large hole in the side of the elevator. This elevator was built circa 1916.
The nearby high-throughput concrete grain elevator was opened in 2000 by Agricore. The grand opening ceremony was held on July 26, 2000. The elevator had a capacity of 14,500 tonnes and 60 car spots. The elevator was purchased by Cargill Limited on July 1, 2007.
The facility was expanded around 2014 to a total capacity of 24,500 tonnes.
The Reston grain elevator is a former Manitoba Pool elevator and annex, now privately owned. This elevator has a capacity of 4,130 tonnes and is located on the CP Arcola subdivision.
The elevator is owned by the Elliott Brothers.
Other grain elevators that were in Reston include:
Lake of the Woods, built 1893, burned in 1950, capacity 35,000 bushels
McCabe, built 1926, purchased by UGG in 1943, dismantled 1948
UGG, with a capacity of 2,700 tonnes. It apparently came down after the year 2000.
Another UGG elevator was demolished on March 19, 1992
The town of Reston also features one of the few railway roundhouses remaining in Manitoba. This roundhouse is now privately owned and is apparently used for storage.
Reston was one end of the CP Reston subdivision, which extended 122.4 miles west to Wolseley, Saskatchewan. This light branch line, consisting of a lot of 56 pound rail, was abandoned in 1961, not many decades after it first opened for service in late 1906. The Reston subdivision joined the Arcola subdivision just west of the grain elevator on a wye, and the roadbed is still visible from satellite images, heading northwest out of town.
The town of Tyndall, Manitoba has a single grain elevator. This elevator was built in the early 1950s to replace the original Tyndall grain elevator, built by the Lake of the Woods in 1920. In 1960 an annex was added and it became a Manitoba Pool elevator. It became privately owned in 1971.
The grain elevator has a balloon annex on one side and an office on the other side.