Manitoba Heritage Council Commemorative Plaques

The Legend of the White Horse Plain
Prairie du Cheval Blanc

The Legend of the White Horse Plain
Installed 1958
Junction PTH 1 and PTH 26
East of St. François Xavier

A Sioux Indian chief wished to marry the beautiful daughter of an Assiniboine chief. The Assiniboine, however, gave his daughter's hand to a Cree chief with whom she was in love because the Cree offered a rare snow-white horse as a gift. The angry Sioux pursued the Cree and his bride whose father had returned the horse to help them escape. The Sioux killed them both but the horse escaped. For years it was seen roaming the surrounding plain and in memory of the young lovers this part of Manitoba became known as White Horse Plain.