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The RM of Cartier boasts its own version of the Hundred-Acre Wood.

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2014 marks the 100th year since the incorporation of the Rural Municipality of Cartier and events are being planned to celebrate this occasion. Reserve the weekend of June 13 and 14 to attend this 100th birthday of Cartier.

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CARTIER’S HUNDRED-ACRE WOOD
Most Winnie the Pooh fans will be familiar with the Hundred-Acre Wood (or "100 Aker Wood," as it was sometimes spelled) that is the backdrop for the adventures of Pooh and his friends. But did you realize that the RM of Cartier has its very own Hundred-Acre Wood?  

Nestled in a bend of the Assiniboine River just north of the Trans Canada Highway, a beautiful treed property of about 100 acres, appeared to be full of potential recreational activity and was developed by a group of Air Canada pilots in the late 1950s. With three cement-bottom pools, a concession stand, change rooms, an office and ample parking, it became known as Bison Park. Many young children from Cartier, St. Francois Xavier and surrounding areas got their start with swimming lessors here. Older teens had an opportunity to acquire a part-time job and perhaps even a few romances had their start at this fun spot.

After an economic recession, the property fell into bankruptcy. Some of the original owners, along with a few new partners revived the property under the name of Jellystone Park. A large Yogi Bear statue was erected near the miniature golf area and this new attraction became the backdrop for many a family picture.

In following years, the lands were expanded to include camping facilities with tents, trailers and motor home sites in the back acres and bicycle trails connecting everything together. The property was named White Horse Campgrounds.

Once again, hard economic times, high maintenance costs, short seasons and health and environmental standards caused the closure of the park and a First Nations Band purchased the property and it became Tansi Resort, a Cree word meaning welcome. Management of the recreational area was undertaken by Walter Adams and his family.  The place was quite active once more with swimming and camping, but in a reduced capacity. The Park Lodge opened a family dining area, soon becoming well-known for its weekend dances and Sunday brunches. In winter, the lodge hosted Christmas office parties and family get-togethers and was a popular rest stop for snowmobilers along the Assiniboine River.  

In 1996, the property was purchased by Marquette Homes with the hope of creating a gated, 55-plus modular home community. Regulations did not allow for this and so the lands remain vacant.

The Treasures of Time municipal history book was completed in 1984 and a second book is now being worked on, and will be sold at the end of 2014. Your contributions of business stories are needed by March 1, 2014 to make the book a success and may be submitted to cartierhistory@mymts.net or dropped off at the municipal office.

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