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Manitoba Rivers Collection (3)


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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Good Earth Rivers
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2001-2003
Available in French: No

HAYES RIVER: The Hayes River is one of the most important rivers in Canada's history – it is the only navigable route from the Fur Trade Headquarters on Hudson Bay to posts south of Lake Winnipeg. The river was abruptly abandoned as a fur trade route, and evocative remnants of its auspicious past line its banks. Its sudden, early fall into disuse has ensured that it remain in a pristine wild state. And the landscape is truly spectacular – the boreal forest gradually becomes arctic lowlands, and the river finally empties into the vast Hudson Bay estuary.

RED RIVER: The Red is characterized by its muddy bottom and lazy flow - but also by its suddenly changing moods. In spring, this usually slow, murky, and pastoral river can overflow its banks with disastrous consequences for the towns and cities that line its banks.

GRASS RIVER: The Grass River is a conduit between past and present – the river of today is still a travel corridor, food source and home for hundreds of people. The Grass' natural assets are so remarkable that five provincial parks have been established along its course. Visitors are intrigued by the river's extensive karst formations and caves, karst springs and the two largest waterfalls in Manitoba.