Roadside Attraction in Boissevain, Manitoba - Tommy the Turtle
Tommy the Turtle stands tall in Boissevain, Manitoba
Located near Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, Tommy the Turtle stands 28 feet tall to welcome visitors to Boissevain, Manitoba in the southwest corner of the province.
Photo: Courtesy of D. Banman (Visitor's Center)
The monument was erected in 1974 as a symbol of the community and it's proximity to Turtle Mountain (which incidentally does have turtles).
The town had its day in the world headlines when it held the annual Turtle Derby (1987-2001) which has been subsequently replaced by the Turtle Island Festival.
Things to Do in Boissevain, Manitoba
- Visit Turtle Mountain Provincial Park. Rolling hills, lakes and wetlands await. If you love history, walk or bike up Turtle Mountain (245 m/800 ft above the surrounding prairie) where natives have been trekking for thousands of years.
- Visit the International Peace Garden on the Manitoba/North Dakota border along Highway 10. Some of the remains of the World Trade Center have been placed in the park.
- Attend the annual Metisville Festival in the late summer. In 2009, they attempted to bake the world's largest bannock!
- Stroll along the prairie and enjoy the plants and animals in the Lorna Smith Nature Centre run by the Turtle Mountain Conservation District.
- Go bird watching at the Whitewater Lake to view burrowing owls, hawks & egrets.
- Golf in the summer, snowmobile in the winter.
- In 2005, the Boissevain School (K-12) was rated by Maclean's Magazine to be one of Canada's Best 30 High Schools in Canada. Impressive.
The town is named after Adolphe Boissevain (1843-1921) who was a Dutch banker. He helped finance the CPR and this town now bears his name.
The following map shows the driving directions.
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Boissevain Manitoba is the gateway to Turtle Mountain Provincial Park and is located 269 kilometers (3 & 1/4 hours) from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Tommy the Turtle is one of the most kid-friendly roadside attractions in Manitoba.
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