Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 102

Tanner’s Crossing
NW 1-15-18 WPM

Tanner’s Crossing
Designation Date: November 1, 1993
Designation Authority: Minnedosa (Town)
Present Owner: Minnedosa (Town)

Tanner’s Crossing, the birthplace of Minnedosa, a regional centre in the Parkland area, marks the point where Aboriginal peoples, fur traders and settlers crossed the Little Saskatchewan River along the Carlton Trail between Fort Garry (east) and Fort Edmonton (west) and where John and Catherine Tanner established a toll ferry, stopping house and post office beginning in 1872. These services spurred other settlement and economic activity in the area, eventually leading to the incorporation of the Town of Minnedosa in 1883. During Manitoba’s centenary in 1970, the crossing site was celebrated and preserved through its inclusion in a municipal park.