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Small, pretty and nice countryside
COLD , LOCAL POLITICS AND BORING
In a nutshell
good place to raise a family but if you are 25 and still live here it is time to move on
During the afternoon of my one day off-work while in Brandon, I decided to book a rental car so I could have a brief look around Brandon and its immediate area. When I called Budget Car & Truck rentals, asking for the cheapest thing they had available they said I could rent a PT Cruiser for $40/day with the first 150-km free and $0.15/km after that. It sounded good to me, so I was soon picked up from the Victoria Inn by their shuttle service and shortly afterward I was underway.
The car had about 31,000-km on the clock but seemed to work quite nicely as I first explored around the city a bit before heading south and west to the small community of Souris. That gave me a chance to take in the countryside at a slower pace while also enjoying some interesting attractions in Souris before looping back to Brandon on a different road. At the end of the day, I only put 135-km on the clock, so the total cost was $45 including taxes plus another $17 to top up the fuel tank.
Updated Jul 21, 2008
BRANDON IS AN EXTREMELY SAFE COMMUNITY WHERE MEN AND WOMEN COULD FEEL COMFORTABLE WALKING AROUND AT TWO IN THE MORNING. tHERE IS A MINORITY ELEMENT WHO LIKE TO STEAL CARS. I HAVE LIVED HERE FOR THIRTEEN YEARS AND IT HASN'T HAPPENED TO ME THOUGH. OTHER THAN THAT THE STREETS CLOSE AT SIX AND IS VERY UNLIKELY YOU WILL ENCOUNTER MANY PEOPLE ANYWAYS
Written Jan 9, 2003
This is the reason I made the trip to Brandon, along with 30+ other employees of the company I work for! This large industrial plant had planned various power outages to different parts of the site over a 7-day period and we were there to tackle as many as we could of their many small substations each day to make sure that everything was still working as designed.
Because of their processes, safety was very strict - requiring all of us to have an emergency self-contained breathing apparatus attached to ourselves at all times and our various teams of 4-5 people were confined to the specific areas of the plant that they had been allocated for that particular day. A typical work day began with a 5 AM wake-up, left the motel for work at 5:30 AM, began the 'work' portion at 6 AM and finished between 8-16 hours later (10 PM was our latest quitting time). Repeat for the next 6 days! Breakfast was in a paper bag from the motel, a quick half-hour lunch of pizzas or something personal picked up from a local grocery store and no evening meal until returning to the motel.
Still, it was quite interesting to work with the guys on the equipment rated for various voltage levels from 115,000 to 4,160 to 600 volts as we tested transformers, breakers, fuses, cables and relays. Overall, it went very well and the guys were happy to rack up the overtime hours with no injuries or major safety violations! I did spend one day working in a room that had a 21% ammonia content in the air but that just seemed to clear one's head.
Updated Jul 24, 2008
The Wheat Kings are always a power house in junior hockey. NHL players like Jordan Tootoo and Wayne Redden played their junior hockey in Brandon.
As well, the University of Brandon always seems to have great teams in mens and womens basketball.
Updated Oct 28, 2004