Monday 20 April 2020

Knox Presbyterian Church

I had an errand to run in Neepawa, Manitoba this weekend. I bought some items on eBay back in February, and arranged with the seller to pick them up in his home town of Neepawa. It's a 2 hour drive from Winnipeg and I was looking forward to the drive as an excuse to see trains and grain elevators along the way.

Well, the weather played havoc with our first attempt to make the drive. We set out in beautiful weather, which very quickly turned into a blizzard once we got onto the Trans-Canada Highway west of Winnipeg. We turned back and promised to make another attempt.

Then COVID-19 came along and picking up some railway timetables didn't seem very important.

Things have finally stabilized to a point where my wife and I felt a road trip was in order to get out of the house. We figured this was a pretty safe trip as A) we're not leaving the province, and B) we wouldn't be interacting with many people at all and could keep a safe social distance.

We hit the road and made the transaction. Nice fellow! It was hard to not shake his hand when we first met, but that's the new normal.

We decided to drive around Neepawa a bit. We've been there before but only on the highway, passing through en route to Riding Mountain or other destinations. It's a beautiful town with a lot of interesting buildings.

One building that caught my eye was the Knox Presbyterian Church, a large stone church designed and built in 1892. This beautiful building is an early example of a Romanesque Revival church, and is  designated as a provincial heritage site.

- Steve Boyko


  1. That's a prestigious building! Thanks Steve.

  2. Neepawa is a great little Manitoba town. If you're a fan of author Margaret Laurence's classic CanLit novels, you should check out the Margaret Laurence House there, now a museum. Also in the cemetery you can see the stone angel headstone that inspired her imagery for "The Stone Angel" book.

    1. Hi Debra, I did see the Margaret Laurence house - closed, naturally - but I wasn't aware of the stone angel headstone. Maybe next time!

  3. Thanks Steve for the ride along, and Debra for the stone angel info!