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Altona | Manitoba

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Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’

The Sunflower Capital of Canada

The world’s largest painting on an easel is located in Altona and is a likeness of Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ painting.

An artist by the name of Cameron Cross was teaching in Altona when he came up with the idea to create the largest painting on an easel. The landmark is 76’ 6” high and is on a steel easel.

The painting is a popular landmark as it is a symbol of international fine art and celebrates Altona’s reputation of being the Sunflower Capital of Canada.

Photo: By Loozrboy from Toronto, Canada – Vincent, CC BY-SA 2.0,

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Manitoba Sunflower Festival

The Red River Valley’s climate allows Manitoba to be Canada’s largest producer of sunflowers.

The Manitoba Sunflower Festival has been around since 1964 and occurs each summer in Altona. The festival includes a quilt exhibit, a farmer’s market, vendors, Mennonite foods, and more. A key part of the festival also includes the Manitoba Sunflower Queen Pageant.

Photo: Shahnoor Habib Munmun, CC BY 3.0

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Gallery in the Park

Gallery in the Park is a heritage home (built in 1902) that has been turned into an art gallery and sculpture garden.

The gallery is open from June to September and exhibits pieces by local, national and even international artists. The sculpture garden is continuously growing and includes permanent pieces from both local and international artists.

Photo: galleryinthepark.ca

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Home Town of Friesens’ Founder David W. Friesen

David W. (D.W.) Friesen is the founder of one of Canada’s largest printing companies, Friesens.

It started as a small confectionery store that opened in 1907. In 1930, David started a print shop and wholesale stationery supply. This business expanded to become one of Canada’s largest printing companies, D.W. Friesen & Sons (now Friesens).

Now Friesens Corporation is Canada’s largest printer of hardcover books. It is the primary printer of yearbooks in North America.

You can see the printer in Altona.

 

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Trans Canada Trail

The Trans Canada Trail goes through Altona. It heads south to Gretna and west to Rosengart through Buffalo Creek Nature Park.

The Trans Canada Trail is a cross-Canada system of greenways, waterways, and roadways that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans. The trail extends over 24,000 kilometres.

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Memory Garden

The Memory Garden in Altona is a place where people can purchase a shrub, annual, cedar, or perennial to plant in memory of someone.

This is an interesting place to visit as you know that each plant has a meaning behind it. Anyone can call and purchase a plant of their choice to have in the garden.

Every year on the first Monday of June there is a Memory Garden Service. This service is meant for people who purchased plants in memory of someone, to be able to plant them themselves.

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Night of Lights Tree Lighting

Held the last Friday in November

The Night of Lights Tree Lighting is a night of activities at the end of November each year. This celebration marks the beginning of the Christmas season.

The night includes free activities such as horse and wagon rides, a hot dog roast, hot chocolate, carolling, music, and most importantly, tree lighting. This event is special because it brings together the town of Altona and visitors to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season each year.

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Winter Carnival

Late January – Early February

The Altona Winter Carnival is a fun event that is hosted each year for families to participate in. The carnival is held annually in late January/early February.

Some fun activities that are included in the carnival are a scavenger hunt, a cardboard toboggan contest, a Lego building contest, and a snow sculpture building contest. The winners of each of the contests receive a prize!

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Aquatic Center

The Altona Aquatic Center has many amenities for all different ages. There is a 133-foot waterslide available, and a large splash zone for kids and families. Another feature of this aquatic center is the Junior Olympic-sized pool. This center is great for a nice summer day and also has a picnic and sunbathing area and a concession stand.

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