201 John Black Avenue
May 25, 2019 & May 26, 2019Saturday: 2:00pm - 4:00pmSunday: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Historic Kildonan Church and Cemetery is one of the oldest locations of worship & cemetery combined still found in the Province of Manitoba. It predates Canada’s Confederation. With a history spanning over 165 years, it is the final resting place for many of the prominent ‘Selkirk Settlers’ who became an important part of the “Red River Colony’ of that era. Several became leading citizens of the newly forming Province of Manitoba and its Capital City, the City of Winnipeg. This unique historic site is nicely tucked away, not far from the Red River in Old Kildonan; as you follow Main Street just north of Chief Peguis Trail near the northern most reaches of the city. Entry is gained from John Black Avenue, named for the Reverend John Black, the first Presbyterian minister who came to Kildonan in 1851 as the religious leader for the ‘Selkirk Settlers’. The original settlers had arrived in 1812 and had been patiently awaiting the arrival of a minister of their own faith for forty years. In 1854 the spiritual centre of the community was completed in the Historic Kildonan Presbyterian Church, which still stands prominently in the graveyard. It was also the first Presbyterian Church west of the Great Lakes and the ‘Mother’ church for the denomination as the West opened and immigration followed. Visitors will also be able to learn of the current plans for restoration and preservation of the ‘Old Kirk’ Historic Church for future use by generations that follow.
Guided tours will start at 2:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, lasting 90 minutes, maximum 50 participants.