Small, pretty and nice countryside
COLD , LOCAL POLITICS AND BORING
good place to raise a family but if you are 25 and still live here it is time to move on
Brandon is a city that thinks like a small town but there is not that much to do here if you’re not into hockey or agriculture. However visitors to the wheat city can keep themselves busy by taking in what the city has to offer. The Commonwealth Air Museum located at Brandon Airport offers tours, You can tour Brandon University and Assiniboine...more
The main reason I rented the car was so I could make the short 30-mile drive to the small town of Souris, specifically to see its famous 'Swinging Bridge'. Souris was born out of an 1872 decision by the Canadian government to grant 160-acres of land to anyone over the age of 21 who settled on the land for three years and made the required...more
When considering that the province of Manitoba has an area of 648,000 sq km (slightly smaller than Texas or about twice the size of Norway), the fact that Brandon and its population of 42,000 people is the second largest city in the province gives you some idea of how sparsely settled western Canada really is! Mind you, there is quite a significant...more
Located just a mile or so outside the city, on the perimeter of the Brandon airport, is a museum dedicated to preserving the history and artifacts of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan that was born as a result of the outbreak of World War II. Shortly after the start of the war in September, 1939 it was realized that British air defenses...more
This was it - my one afternoon off work to allow some exploring, so one of the other guys came with me as I hired a car and we took off to see what the area around Brandon had to offer. We were targeting the small town of Souris and its 'Swinging Bridge', so headed south on the quite pleasant Highway 10 - until we hit a stretch of major...more
You never know what will crop up in small towns but I was still surprised when, next to the Swinging Bridge and on a hill overlooking the river, we came upon this castle-like structure, presently known as Hillcrest Museum. It turns out that construction of Squire Hall (as it was known in those days) was completed in 1910 by Fred Sowden, son of the...more
Turning around from our dead-end road at the weir, we had not gone far back along the narrow road through the forest before we suddenly spotted a White-Tailed Deer and her young fawn, its coat still speckled with white spots. They both noticed us too and seemed a bit nervous as they twitched and quickly brought their heads up to eye us. However, we...more
The 700-km (435-mi) long Souris River rises just south of Regina, Saskatchewan and meanders southeast into North Dakota before looping north again into Manitoba, where it comes to an end just outside Brandon when it meets the larger Assiniboine River. The Assiniboine continues eastward as a tributary of the Red River (flowing north out of USA) and...more
1570 Highland Avenue, Brandon, R7C 1A7, Canada
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2130 Currie Blvd, Brandon, MB R7A5Y1
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The company had pre-booked eight of the 131 rooms in the Victoria Inn for a week, with other members...more
On the day I had the rental car, one of the other guys joined me as we headed out around noon to do a bit of exploring and, while we were at it, decided that we should also try to find somewhere else to eat for once! It was not long before we spotted the interesting looking 'The 40' bar and nightclub, which has been entertaining the locals for...more
Located within the Victoria Inn, adjoining the front desk area, is the 34th Street Bar & Grill restaurant/bar. It also has direct access to another eating area beside the indoor swimming pool - so you have quite a few choices of a place in which to find a table. By the time we had finished our work for the day, completed the sign out procedures and...more
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HOUSTONS ROCKS FROM THURSDAY TO SATURDAY NIGHT. THURSDAY NIGHT IS LADIES NIGHT AND THE BEST NIGHT FOR WOMEN WATCHING, FRIDAY IS OFC NIGHT. IT IS AN OLDER CROWD BUT YOU WILL NOT FEEL OUT OF PLACE IF YOU ARE YOUNGER. FOR THE YOUNGER PEOPLE, iNFERNO IS JUST DOWN THE STREET THAT CATERS TO A YOUNGER CROWD . DON'T BOTHER GOING DOWNTOWN THERE IS NOT MUCH...more
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.
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
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.
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.
I received an email objecting to my views of Brandon - ie that it is not really a place worth visiting unless you have friends/family to visit. I stick by that, but I do agree that if you like hiking, there is a park about a half an hour outside Brandon called Spirit Sands. This park has Manitoba's (maybe even Canada's) only shifting-sands desert....more