Selkirk is a city of over 10,000 people (2016) in the Interlake region of Manitoba, about a quarter of who are of Aboriginal origin.
The mainstays of the local economy are tourism, a steel mill, and a major psychiatric hospital. A vertical lift bridge over the Red River connects Selkirk with the smaller town of East Selkirk.
The city was named in honour of Scotsman Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk, who obtained the grant to establish a colony in the Red River area in 1813.
Due to Selkirk's position on the edge of the Canadian Prairies, there is a moderate 510.4 mm (20.1 inches) of precipitation annually. Selkirk has a climate with four very distinct seasons. A general year will include warm (sometimes hot) summers, cold winters, and a comfortable spring and autumn. Selkirk has 21 days with snowfall per year, from about November (sometimes as early as September or October) to around April (sometimes as late as May).
Selkirk is 38 km northeast of Winnipeg on Highway 9. There is no longer a bus to Winnipeg (Jan 2018).
- Selkirk Transit. M-F 6AM-6PM, Sa 8AM-6PM. Operates a single loop through the city every hour. Single far us $2, no concessionary rates.
- Marine Museum of Manitoba, Queen Avenue and Eveline Street, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su and holidays 10AM-6PM. One of Manitoba's Star Attractions the Marine Museum of Manitoba contains six historic ships at the entrance to Selkirk Park. School and Group Tours are available. Adults $6.50, seniors (65+) $5.00, children (6-16) $3.50, family (2 adults, 2 kids) $18.00, children 5 & under free.
- Old Kildonan Presbyterian Church (PHS) and Cemetery, 2373 Main Street, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: email@example.com. One of the oldest cemetery in Manitoba containing about 150 years worth of history.
- Triple S Selkirk Fair and Rodeo, Selkirk Park, ☎ . Fair held since 1883, to celebrate the area's agricultural history, now held annually in mid-July. Day ticket: adults $10, children $5; weekend ticket: $20/$10.
- Selkirk Steelers, Selkirk Recreation Complex, ☎ , toll-free: . Manitoba Junior Hockey League team. Adults $12, seniors $10, youth $8, children $5.
- Chuck the Channel Cat, On southbound Main Street next to McDonald's. Nothing says "Catfish Capital of North America" more than this 11-metre town mascot.
- Selkirk Lift Bridge, At the intersection of Eveline St. and Eaton Ave.. This Depression Era make-work project is one of the few remaining mechanisms of its kind.
- 1 Selkirk Crossing Shopping Centre, 1014 Manitoba Ave. 28 stores including Canadian Tire and Wal-Mart.
- Roxi's Uptown Cafe, 219 Manitoba Ave, ☎ . M-F 7AM-10PM, Sa Su 8AM-10PM. Wide-ranging menu, including gluten-free.
- Ubuntu Cafe and Bakery, 806B Manitoba Avenue (in the Gaynor Family Regional Library), ☎ . Tu-F 10:30AM-5:30PM, Sa noon-4:30PM. All goods baked in-house. Their coffee is locally roasted and sourced through fair trade practices and the beans are organically grown in a sustainable environment.
- Barney Gargles Treetop Cafe, 185 Main Street, ☎ . F Sa 8AM-10PM, Su-Tu 8AM-8PM, W Th 8AM-9PM.
- Canalta Hotel, 1061 Manitoba Avenue, ☎ . Pet friendly (fee), steam room, mini mart, in room keurig, kitchenettes, guest laundry, fitness centre, business centre, free breakfast, free high speed Wi-Fi, hot tub, heated indoor pool. From $145.
- Selkirk Inn & Conference Centre. A/C, fridge, Queen or King sized beds, kitchenettes, couch & table, free coffee, free high speed internet access, cable and two commercial-free movie channels, and a high speed computer work station. Restaurant and bar on site
- Lord Selkirk Hotel, 420 Main St, ☎ .
Selkirk has three community newspapers: