La Salle is located eight kilometers from Winnipeg’s South Perimeter and is the largest urban centre in the Rural Municipality of McDonald. This community provides the natural beauty of the prairies with the La Salle River meandering through the town. It blends together country-style living with the benefit of a small-town feel, just minutes from the bigger City. With low crime rates, a selection of amenities and affordable taxes, this neighbourhood is ideal to raise a family within. This is one of the fastest growing communities in the Municipality and consists of subdivisions like River Ridge, Kingswood, Riverview Park and Prairie View Lakes.
The town was founded in 1878. Housing types are mostly single-family detached homes with some attached home and condominium-style detached home options as well. There are varying lot sizes from smaller yards along the condominium-style detached streets like Candlelight in Prairie Place, to larger acreages. You can find a wide selection of layouts including bungalows, two-storeys, bi-levels and cabovers. There are a few multi-family housing options that include duplexes and townhomes. There are no apartment-style condominium options within the community.
La Salle is within the Seine River School Division and is home to one elementary school.
La Salle School is an English school for students from Kindergarten to Grade Eight with some multi-grade classrooms.
Another English elementary option is Parc La Salle School offering programs from Kindergarten to Grade Four. Students will follow middle years at La Barriere Crossing School. Both of these schools are located in St Norbert (within the City of Winnipeg borders).
If your child wishes to attend French Immersion programming, they will likely go to Ecole St Norbert Immersion (again within the City of Winnipeg borders) for Kindergarten to Grade Eight.
College St Norbert Collegiate is a dual-track high school and accepts students who are completing elementary and middle years at La Salle School, La Barierre School or Ecole Saint-Norbert Immersion.
Students also can attend École/Collège Régional Gabrielle-Roy which is a French-language Nursery to Grade Twelve School in Île-des-Chênes, Manitoba which is within the Franco Manitoban School Division (DSFM).
The closest post-secondary institution is the University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus. It is approximately a 25-minute drive from La Salle. The University of Winnipeg, the Universite de Saint-Boniface, the Red River College Notre Dame and Exchange District Campuses are about 35-minute commutes from the area.
La Salle does not have any hospitals. La Salle Medical Centre offers same-day care, lab services, a pharmacy and a walk-in clinic.
The closest major health center is Victoria General Hospital on Pembina Highway in Winnipeg. It is about a 20-minute drive from La Salle.
La Salle is home to one grocery store, La Salle Food Store. Adjacent to this grocery store is La Salle Home Centre, which is a home improvement store. Other major food store options close to the area within the City of Winnipeg’s borders are Save-on-Foods in Bridgwater Centre, Red River Co-op in St Norbert, Sobey’s on Pembina Highway in Fort Richmond Plaza or the Real Canadian Superstore on Bison Drive. For fresh fruits and vegetables, St Norbert Farmers’ Market is your best choice. It is a 15-minute commute. The market is open Saturdays all year-round and Saturdays and Wednesdays in the summer. Summer also offers local strawberry picking at Cormier’s berry patch.
The town is also a 20-minute drive from Costco McGillivray, Kenaston Common, Kenaston Crossing, Linden Ridge Shopping Centre and SmartCentres Winnipeg Southwest. This commercial area includes stores like Sobeys, Walmart, Safeway, Home Depot, Rona, Canadian Tire, Marshalls, Home Sense, restaurants and more.
La Salle is a family-friendly neighbourhood with ample green spaces and walking paths throughout the community.
Prairie Park is one of the newest greenspaces in the area and offers a playground and walking path that runs through the Prairie View Subdivision.
There are three other major parks with walking paths and play areas. One of these parks is surrounded by Kings Crescent Drive, the other one is on First Avenue. The path that runs through these parks connects to a third park that has an access point from De Vos Drive, Robin Drive and 4th Avenue. In addition, there are several small green spaces scattered throughout the community for families to enjoy.
La Barriere Park is in the Rural Municipality of Richot. It consists of baseball diamonds, cricket pitches, walking paths, a disc golf field, BBQ spots, picnic shelters and even cross-country ski trails in the winter. This park also began offering a beachfront canoe and kayak launch in 2021. This launch is part of the La Salle River Paddle, which is a 10 kilometer point to point trail between the La Salle Town Boat Launch and the St Norbert Dam. This trail is great for taking in nature and paddling. There is also a portion of this trail where you can hike along the river.
The La Salle Walking Bridge is a beautiful, quiet spot in the town with a walking trail nearby.
Cassie Community Centre offers a variety of activities in and outside of its 17 000 sq ft building. The facility has a gymnasium, a kitchen, dressing rooms, a multipurpose room fully equipped fitness centre, baseball diamonds, outdoor rinks, football field, soccer pitches and a newly built splash pad.
The community hosts many events throughout the year such as School’s Out for Summer Dance, Fall Supper, Family Movie Night, La Salle Fall Festival, Breakfast with Santa and more!
If you are a golfer, there are two golf course you can enjoy. The Kingswood Golf and Country Club is located in the Kingswood subdivision. It is an 18-hole course that spreads on both sides of the La Salle River and connects with a series of bridges. The Golf course consists of the Kingswood Wedding and Event Centre and the Fairways Restaurant and Lounge.
River Oaks Golf Course is located between La Salle and La Barriere Park. It is a challenging 18-hole golf course with bunkers and water hazards.
A fun family activity, A-Maze-in-Corn (Snow Maze in the Winter) is located 18 minutes away, in St Adolphe. From mid-August to late October, this venue offers a variety of entertainment such as a petting zoo, hay and pony rides, pumpkin patch barn, zip-lines, day camps, haunted forests and the Sunflower Expo, an 8-acre sunflower field with walking paths. From January on (weather permitting), the amusement farm is home to the World Largest Snow Maze! They also have fun items to enjoy while you are there such as the Snow Mountain, bonfire pits, a snow bar and a huge toboggan run.
With the larger lot sizes and country-like setting, this town is a great place to raise a family. It is just minutes away from Winnipeg and all of the conveniences that the City has to offer. Yet when you are in La Salle, you benefit from the small-town feel. Volunteer organizations work together with the residents to create a safe community with all the infrastructure and facilities that make La Salle a perfect home.
"We moved out here in 1989. We both grew up in the country, and, we lived in the city for eight years, and we decided to move out to the country. That's when this was a small town. And we moved down here, four kids going to the school and stuff like that.
It was a small school, which now it's changed a lot. There's 400 kids in the school now, so yeah, we just love the quietness out here and that sort of thing."
"We love living in La Salle because you have that small town feel, but you have access to the city and all of the amenities there."
"It's a great community. I've lived here for over 20 years now, and I love the people. [..] And it's just quiet. Yeah, I love it."
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