Located near Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, Tommy the Turtle stands 28 feet tall and welcomes visitors to Boissevain, Manitoba in the southwest corner of the province. 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.
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.
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.