Close your eyes and hear the thunder of the buffalo hooves' across this vast prairie; the pounding hooves of a fleeing white horse carrying young lovers from a midnight rendezvous; the creaking of the giant wheels of the Red River ox carts as families move west seeking new beginnings. These are but a few of the "Echoes and Legends" of Manitoba's Central Plains. Golden grain meets blue sky amid a scenic collage of images past and present. Prairie towns paint pictures of early farming life. The Central Plains stir with tall prairie grasses, quiet parks and unblemished wetlands. Flocks of birds fill the skies at Delta Marsh, one of the continents largest waterfowl staging marshes. The rare beauty of prairie orchids - including the endangered Ladys Slipper - dresses the plains every spring. Experience prairie farming in the 1800s at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum in AUSTIN. At the Museum, you'll find the world's biggest tractor, "Big Roy", an 8-wheel drive, 500 hp Versatile prototype. It is the only model Versatile ever built, and was never sold. Attend the annual Austin Threshermens Reunion and Stampede. This event brings life to all aspects of the museum. More secrets are revealed about early prairie life at Fort la Reine Museum and Pioneer Village in PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE. It is the home of Canada's only Allis Chalmers Museum, which is recognized world-wide by collectors and hobbyists. Relax in Island Park. Located in the centre of the city, surrounded by Crescent Lake, it features a deer park, a duck pond, a walking path and hedge maze, an arboretum, a playground, an 18-hole golf course, the Portage Exhibition grounds, tennis courts and baseball diamonds.
Nature Set the Stage, history wrote the script. The Central Plains - a production of unparalleled beauty.