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Ile des Chênes is a hopping little community just seven minutes south of Winnipeg’s Sage Creek neighbourhood. Ile des Chênes is located along the twinned Highway 59, meaning that commutes are a breeze.
This francophone town was settled in the mid-nineteenth century in an area prolific with oak trees, and that’s where the town got its name, which translates to Oak Island.
Many have come to recognize this small community for Manitoba Wildlife Haven, located just to the north. A one of its kind facility in Manitoba, the Haven provides shelter and a hospital for injured animals, as well as an Education Centre, ponds and interpretive park for those interested in learning more about our region’s rich variety of wildlife.
The TransCanada Centre is another regional draw. Named after the Trans Canada pipeline running near town, the environmentally friendly and sustainable facility offers an exceptional venue for weddings, trade shows, and socials all at small town pricing.
No matter your housing preference, diversity is the name of the game. Condos are available in apartment and townhouse style, Main Street features residential units, and there are lots of single family homes on large lots.
Two schools provide education from preschool through grade twelve. The elementary to Grade Eight school features both English and French immersion, while the high school is strictly French. English high school students are bussed to other communities. The high school also boasts a prestigious athletic program for budding young athletes. Community libraries can be found at both schools.
Amenities include a wide array of licensed restaurants, a gas station, hardware store, credit union, automotive repair shops, convenience store, and a whole lot more. New amenities are pop up regularly.
The community is also proud of its most recent addition, a community wellness centre which has become home to the local doctor, pharmacy, physiotherapy and law office.
There is a new commercial development opening soon. Lease space is also available if you are inclined to start your own business, at lease rates a fraction of the cost of Winnipeg’s. Medium size employers are in the town site which provide many jobs to local residents from retail to construction companies.
This community is home to Ritchot Regional Chamber of Commerce, a group dedicated to providing services and benefits to businesses in the region.
Optimist Park is home to the Seine River Minor Ball Association and its well maintained diamonds make this park a baseball hub for the entire region. Green thumbs can rent garden boxes, a great place to meet other locals. Year-round arts and fitness programming include painting classes, yoga, pickleballl, gymnastics, and karate. A local studio trains kids in a variety of dance disciplines and the fitness centre will help you get your sweat on.
The Vintage Club, a group of active local seniors who enjoy staying fit and having fun, host a regular luncheon to maintain ties and share stories.
Of course, this is rural Manitoba, where hockey and ringette take centre stage in winter. The arena provides free public skating and recreational hockey for all ages. Snowshoeing and cross country ski trails along the community’s groomed trails are another great way to stay active. Avid snowmobilers can grab a coffee at the gas station, then get on the trails for some great riding in the wide open countryside.
The Snowman Festival is an annual highlight, with organized family activities happening inside the TransCanada Centre after the snowman building contest, skating and toboggan run have chilled your fingers and nose. The festival offers a variety of art and play activities for kids. Mom and Dad can show off their skills in the pea soup and chili contest and then take in the vintage car show. The event closes with a beer garden, social, and fireworks display.