54° N 101° W in the Norman Region, some 630 kilometers northwest of
the provincial capital,
Winnipeg, near the border of
Saskatchewan, on the Saskatchewan river incorporated in1912.
Founded as a fur-trading post, it became in 1920
the starting point and headquarters of the
Hudson Bay Railway to Churchill and an
outfitting point for prospecting and mining
expeditions into the northern mineral belt of
Manitoba and Saskatchewan. In 1967 the
provincial government began the development of a
forest products industry in the area.
The area today is composed of three distinct
communities: The Town of The Pas, the
Opaskwayak Cree Nation, and the Rural Municipality of Kelsey.
Known as the
"Gateway to the North," The Pas is a multi-industry northern Manitoba
town serving a district population of over 15,000 (including the
Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN), a Swampy Cree Reservation). The main
components of the region's economy are
transportation, and services (especially
education). The main employer is a paper and lumber mill called
Hudson Bay Railway . The Pas contains one of the two main campuses
University College of the North.
The area's original
inhabitants were the
Cree, who are thought to have migrated from the southeastern
prairies 5,000 years ago. "The Pas" is a derivative of the Cree word
"pasquia" meaning "wooded narrows". It may also originate from the
French words "le pas" - "the step".
The first European
Henry Kelsey, an employee of the
Hudson's Bay Company who traveled through the area on his way to
the Canadian prairies sometime between
The Pas is governed
mayor and six
councilors who are elected by residents. The mayor is Herb Jacques.
The town councilors are Grant Buchanan, Ken Gurba, Bert Lagimodiere,
Todd Early, and Ron Skokun.
The Pas is
represented in the
Legislative Assembly of Manitoba (as part of The Pas riding) by
Oscar Lathlin and in the
Canadian House of Commons (as part of the Churchill riding) by
The Pas and the
Opaskwayak Cree Nation share a hockey team called the
OCN Blizzard, who compete in the
Manitoba Junior Hockey League. The Pas is also home to the Huskies
minor hockey league, and the MBCI Spartans who compete in Zone 11 of the
public school system is the Kelsey School Division, which consists
elementary schools (Kelsey Elementary and Opasquia School), one
middle school (Scott Bateman Middle
School) and one
high school (Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute).
- adult contemporary radio
- Opasquia Times
The Pas and Area
The Pas Chamber of Commerce
Sam Waller Museum
The Pas Library
Pas Rotary Club
(Don't Miss the Bill Bannock Classic)
The Pas Hosts
2008 MSOS Games!
Sam Waller Museum