Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 283


Ridgeway House and Gunton Waiting Station
Pt. SE 6-13-1E
Grosse Isle

Ridgeway House and Gunton Waiting Station

Designation Date:  August 9, 2006
Designation Authority:  R.M. of Rockwood
Present Owner:  Grosse Isle Recreation Club

The Ridgeway House and Gunton Waiting Station exemplify the types of utilitarian buildings erected during early phases of development in Manitoba’s Interlake region, and now preserved at a museum site. The house, completed in 1886, planned by an unidentified Swiss builder and associated for more than a century after 1898 with the family of Rockwood-area pioneer John Ridgeway, displays unique design and construction features, making it an interesting local landmark. The waiting station, built in ca. 1944, a compact but comfortable building typical of the functional facilities placed at stops not busy enough for full-fledged stations, recalls the era when rural Manitobans relied on scheduled railway passenger service for transport. It sheltered Gunton-area customers of the Canadian Pacific Railway until the early 1960s.

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