Stonewall is a small town, located about 20 km from the north perimeter of Winnipeg. It is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Rockwood. It is a family-friendly community known for its limestone quarries. The Town Hall and the Library are just two historic examples of limestone buildings in the town and they can be found on Main Street.
The community is made up mostly of single detached homes with some townhomes, duplexes and apartment-style buildings in between. The most common floor plans are typically bungalows, two-storeys, with some multi-level floor plans interspersed in the area.
Stonewall is within the Interlake School Division and home to three schools that provide dual track programming in both English and French.
Students will start school at Ecole Bobby Bend School, which is a Kindergarten to Grade Four elementary school. They will then continue at Ecole Stonewall Centennial School from Grade Five to Grade Eight and will finish their high school years at College Stonewall Collegiate Institute.
The town is also home to Oneschool Global which is an international Christian private institution. It has campuses in 20 different countries all over the world. The Stonewall Campus is a Grade three to Grade Twelve school.
The closest post-secondary diploma programs are available in Winnipeg.
Red River College Notre Dame and the Stevenson Campuses are about a 25-minute drive from Stonewall.
The University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campuses are both about a 35-minute drive.
If your child wishes to have a French diploma, Universite de Saint-Boniface offers several programs and is only 40 minutes away from your home.
Stonewall has one healthcare facility. Stonewall and District Health Centre, also known as Dr. Evelyn Memorial Hospital, is a 15-bed acute-care regional centre. It provides emergency, ambulance services, occupational therapy, palliative care, physiotherapy, a medical clinic and more.
Larger hospitals can be found in less than a 30-minute commute from the area.
Selkirk Regional Health Centre is a 65-bed general hospital providing services such as cancer care, MRI, CT, dialysis, laboratory, surgery, palliative care just to name a few.
Grace Hospital is a 250-bed healthcare centre. It is one of the three acute care facilities in Winnipeg with full-service Emergency Department.
Stonewall has all the shopping services you need for everyday living. Main Street and 3rd Avenue are home to grocery stores like Stonewall Family Foods, Red Apple and a Red River Co-op Food Store.
Red Barn is an event venue that also hosts country markets similar to Farmer’s markets during the summer months.
Larger shopping centres with more variety can be found in Selkirk and Winnipeg. Selkirk Crossing is about a 25-minute drive and offers a Walmart, Staples, Dollarama and other services. The area also includes Sportcheck, Canadian Tire and Marks. Smart Centre Winnipeg West is located in Crestview in Winnipeg. The shopping centre consists of a Walmart, Canadian Tire, Sobey’s, Sport Chek, Staples, restaurants among other options.
If you like the outdoors, Stonewall has plenty of activities to offer.
Quarry Park and Heritage Arts Centre is located in the north-east corner of Stonewall. This park offers picnic facilities, campgrounds and even some fossil hunting while you are out exploring one of the three hiking trails. The Quarry trail can be accessed just outside of the Centre. During your tour, you will see the original elevation of the area and you can visit the Red Pit, a test hole that resulted in the closure of the quarries. There are two loops adjoining this trail: The Pond Trail and the Thunder Hill Trail. The Thunder Hill Trail guides you to the hill that was built-up as a ramp to the pot kilns. The building stones that were cut here, were used for the Maryland and Norwood bridges and also as decorative trim on the Manitoba Legislative Building. Today, this hill is covered by wild flowers. The Pond Trail is a shorter loop, offering a more a quiet spot for those who want to take in the surrounding nature.
Kinsmen Lake is a local hotspot in the summer. The beach opened in 1956 and consists of a beach volleyball court, canteen, and a splashpad that just opened in 2021. The lake is available for swimming from June to Labor Day.
Fines Field Baseball Facility has nine baseball diamonds to play baseball, slo-pitch and hardball.
Another new addition to Quarry Park is the 9-hole Disc Golf Course.
Although Quarry Park already has plenty to offer, there are several other parks to explore in and around the community. Ruby Roe Tall Grass Prairie is one of the remaining tall grass prairie ecosystems in Manitoba. The park received its name after Ruby Roe who was one the founding member of REACT, an environmental organization that worked to preserve a patch of tallgrass prairie in the town. Archie Gray Park and Helen Montgomery Park both offer playgrounds. Dave Lethbridge Park has walking paths where you can often spot wildlife. Centennial Park provides walking path, a beautiful flower garden, a mini kiln and a time capsule. Memorial Park is home to a war memorial monument that was made of Tyndall Stone, concrete and local limestone. This monument features the name of those who were killed during World War I and II.
The town constructed an open space for your four-legged family members as well. Thompson Off-Leash Park opened in 2020 and is located at the corner of 9th Ave South and 1st Street West.
Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre is another great place to spend a day with your family. It is one of North America’s birding hotspots, only 15-minutes away from Stonewall. The centre is open all year-round and has programs for all ages. It contains a theatre, café, rooftop observation deck, interactive exhibits and 30-kilometers of trails. This wetland is home to a wide variety of species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians.
There is no shortage of recreational facilities either in Stonewall and the immediate area. Veterans Memorial Sports Complex features a full-size hockey rink, five sheets of curling ice and a full kitchen. Ice Palace is one of the other facilities operated by the complex and offers an additional indoor ice surface that is rentable. The outdoor rink is open to the public during the winter season. The complex is also home to the Stonewall Curling Club and the Stonewall Jets, that play in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League. During the summer, youth and mini soccer programs are available on the VMSC Soccer Field.
If you are a serious golfer, there are two courses less than 15-minutes away. Bel Acres Golf and Country Club is an 18-hole course for all levels in the North Rural Municipality of Rosser. It features a banquet room that is rentable for weddings and special events. Whispering Winds of Warren Golf and Country Club is a short drive from the neighbourhood. It is an 18-hole, challenging fairway, with a full-service clubhouse.
Stonehurst Stable is a full-service stable that provides indoor and outdoor boarding, private and semi-private training for a variety of areas.
Looking for a gym? Adrenalin Fitness offers memberships in its 3000 square foot facility, which consists of a women’s-only section on the upper level. The Fitness Centre is located on the east end of Stonewall.
Looking for some fun activities?
Red Barn is a performance and event venue for agricultural activities, weddings and other community organized or private events.
Although Stonewall is a small town, you do still have the option to have a fun movie night and it might even be within a walkable distance from your home. The Flicks Cinema is a single-screen theatre that opened in 1975. It is Manitoba’s first movie theatre that had Dolby Stereo Sound installed in 1980. This family-run business is a local favorite and features first run movies and delicious popcorn.
Every summer Stonewall hosts Quarry Days. This a 3-day street festival that offers tons of fun programs such as Wonder Shows rides, a petting zoo, a tractor display, street dances, fireworks, mini golf, a slo-pitch tournament and so much more.
Stonewall is a quiet community with ample green space, schools and amenities. It is a great small town to raise a family – with all school levels being offered within the town which means lifelong friendships for students and their families alike. It offers many conveniences locally, and traffic levels within the community are relatively low. It is also conveniently close to Winnipeg, which means many locals commute to and from the “Big” city daily while still enjoying living in a more country-like setting.
Stonewall also has some local favourites. When you visit The Flicks for your movie night, you might want to stop for dinner first at the Mcleod House Tea Room, Restaurant and Boutique or at Cravings on 67. Both of these restaurants are known for their delicious home-style food, fast and friendly services. All the wholesome goodness that is what you expect in a small-town diner.
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