About the Pembina Manitou Culture & Heritage Committee

Pembina Manitou Culture and Heritage Association

The Pembina Manitou Culture and Heritage Association is a group of volunteers who are interested in the preservation and accessibility of our community's heritage. This committee works to promote an awareness of our community's heritage. The committee works under the auspices of the Municipality of Pembina.

Recognition of Period Ethnocentrism

Although ethnocentric and racist opinions may have been expressed by writers featured in period articles on this site, the committee in no way affirms or supports such attitudes.

Guidelines for Collection Use

The Documents preserved on the Pembina Manitou Archive website are available to all for research and educational purposes. Any use of the material, however, should recognize the source, the Pembina Manitou Archive, and the original author/publisher. 


The Pembina Manitou Archive has attempted to respect copyright on all documents and photographs in its collection. If you are aware of anyone whose copyright to materials on our site has been infringed, please forward their contact information to us as soon as possible. We will ensure that copyright is respected.

Right of Inspection

The Pembina Manitou Archive retains the right to inspect the product where an object or photograph from its collection is to be used in an advertisement or promotional display, to ensure the use is consistent with the organization's mandate and the author's intent and, where appropriate, the source is appropriately credited.

Contact Information

If you would like to contact us, please use the email address:


or on facebook at:


Mission Statements

The Pembina Manitou Culture and Heritage Association sees as its purpose to:

  • Provide information on the heritage and history of our community
  • Provide information on historical events and initiatives to the community
  • Host events which highlight aspects of our community's heritage
  • Along with the Manitou Library, the Municipality of Pembina, and the Manitou Opera House Management Committee, to manage the growth and development of the physical collection of the Pembina Manitou Archive.
  • Along with the Municipality of Pembina and our many volunteers, to build, maintain and promote the Pembina Manitou Virtual Archive.


These committees work in concert to

  • Undertake projects which will enhance the community's awareness of their heritage
  • Host fundraising events which promote the work of the committee
  • Manage the research and designation of Designated Heritage Sites in the district
  • Designate sites which need recognition and ensure the designated properties/sites are appropriately marked
  • Provide seed money, when possible, to groups wishing to begin a new Heritage Initiative


Pembina Manitou Archive Sites

CPR Log House Museum / Pembina ManitouTourism Centre

The CPR Log House / Pembina Manitou Tourism Centre is now managed bye the Nellie McClung Heritage Site Board. The CPR Log House is a one and a half storey poplar log house built in the early 1880s to house the workers who were building the Canadian Pacific Railroad through the district. It later served to house several community families. In the 1990s, it was moved to its present location and restored as a community museum and tourism centre. It is currently furnished with period furniture and artifacts.

As of the summer of 2017, the CPR Log House Tourism Centre is now joined by Hazel Cottage and the McClung House, the three buildings now being the Nellie McClung Heritage Site. Please see the site's facebook page for further information.

If you would like to donate documents or photographs to the Pembina Manitou Archive, please bring them to the CPR Log House, or contact a member of the PMA Committee.

Manitou Log House Museum

Manitou LIbrary

Manitou Opera House

Pembina Manitou Archive

As of 2018, the Pembina Manitou Archive's Virtual Library holds over 44,000 documents.

The Pembina Manitou Archive's Physical Collection is housed in several building in Manitou. Initially, our partnership with the Manitou Regonal Library provided sufficient shelving space to house the physical collection. Over the past few years, the collection has grown.

Through a partnership with the Manitou Opera House Foundation, an archival room with suitable moisture and temperature controls was added in the recently completed addition to the Manitou Opera House. The Manitou Opera House has served the community as a theatre and meeting place since 1930 and is used over 225 days of the year. Its archival area is easily accessibe and facilitates research.