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Humble beginnings of Lido Plage

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Lido Plage beach in 1932.

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Lido Plage beach in 1932. Photo Store

The countdown begins …

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, 2014 to attend this 100th birthday of Cartier.

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Nestled alongside the Assiniboine River west of Headingley and south of the TransCanada highway, the area now known as Lido Plage has undergone many transformations over the last 100 years.

It began as a race track in the early 1900s, featuring sulky races. From 1906 to 1931 the area was used as a gated horse pasture that doubled as picnic grounds (for a 25 cent fee to open the gate).  

In 1931 the area was developed into a resort area with a beautiful beach, trees, small store and gas pump. It was at this time the official name of Lido Plage was bestowed — Lido for a town in France and Plage meaning beach.

The area proved to be incredibly popular and a dance hall with live music, restaurant, picnic areas, outdoor entertainment venues, and cabins were developed and enjoyed until the early ’70s. In the ’80s the area was developed into a rural residential community.

Today Lido Plage remains a tranquil residential community where a rural lifestyle can be enjoyed in close proximity to the city.  

Fun fact: Lido Plage held an annual Old Timers & Pioneers Picnic that raised money in support of the Canadian Red Cross (beginning in 1939) for almost 30 years. Some of the favorite contests were Red River jigging, old-time fiddling and square dancing!

— information from Treasures of Time; contributed by Estelle Thornson & Marilisa Voth

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The Treasures of Time Municipal History Book was completed in 1984 and a second book is now being worked on to complete the 100 years. Your contributions of stories are needed to make the book a success and may be submitted to cartierhistory@mymts.net or dropped off at the RM of Cartier office.

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