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Virden is a town of 3,300 people (2016) in the Prairie Mountain region of Manitoba.


The Virden Pioneer Home Museum

Known as the "Oil Capital of Manitoba", Virden has its roots as a farming community known as Gopher Creek. However, it became a railway tent town in 1882, and grew in population due to the brick and flour industry, as well as with the discovery of oil in the 1950s. The origin of the name, Virden, allegedly arose as a misspelling of the German town Verden in the homeland of the 7th Duke of Manchester's wife.

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Virden is at the junction of the Provincial Trunk Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway) and Provincial Trunk Highway 83. On Provincial Trunk Highway 1, it is halfway between Regina, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg. Provincial Trunk Highway 1 is known in renamed in Saskatchewan as Highway 1.

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Virden town hall
  • 1 Fort Montagne a la Bosse (4.0 km (2.5 mi) east of Virden along the former Trans-Canada Hwy.). A North West Company trading post from 1790 until c. 1805. The original fort site was destroyed during extraction of gravel during construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway through the area. The site is marked with a cairn. Fort Montagne à la Bosse (Q5471702) on Wikidata Fort Montagne à la Bosse on Wikipedia
  • 2 Virden Canadian Pacific Railway Station (Manitoba Provincial Heritage Site No. 79), 425 6th Avenue S.
  • Virden Pioneer Home Museum, 390 King Street W, +1 204-748-1659. Late May to Aug: M-Sa 9AM-6PM, Su 1-6PM. In a red brick veneer home built by James Frame in 1888. It has a collection of over 10,009 donated artifacts relating to Virden and area. Guided tours.


  • Oak Island Golf Resort, 132 Government Rd, +1 204-855-2262. A course that is completely surrounded by beautiful prairie wetlands and one of the province's oldest stands of oak trees. A 6626-yard course. 18 holes $30-65, 9 holes $25-40.





  • Oak Island Resort Camping, +1 204-855-2307. 30-amp service, water, and septic connections at each site. A full supply of RV parts and accessories, wood, propane exchange, and lots of other items to ensure you enjoy your stay. 18-hole mini-golf, pools and wet deck. Four fully equipped rental cabins. Camping $42-50, one-bedroom $125-145.
  • Comfort Inn & Suites, 380 Frontage Road W, +1 204-707-6020, toll-free: +1-855-972-7216.
  • Virden Central Hotel, 444 6th Avenue South, +1 204-748-2444. 60-seat dining room, 250-seat beverage room & patio, off sale beer vendor and 15 renovated guest rooms. From $86.


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Routes through Virden
ReginaMoosomin  W  E  BrandonWinnipeg
Swan RiverRussell   N  S  → becomes → Jct W EMinot

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