Plenty to do this summer at Transcona Museum


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Summer days are just packed in the Park City, thanks in no small part to the Transcona Museum.

Kicking things off, the museum continues its Get on Board capital campaign to pay for a permanent structure for the historic CN 2747 engine. A raffle is being held, the winner of which will take home a custom firepit and grill, manufactured by Murdoch MacKay Collegiate metal arts students, a firepit tool, and a Get on Board T-shirt.

The winner the Transcona Museum’s Get on Board raffle will take home a custom firepit and grill, manufactured by Murdoch MacKay Collegiate metal arts students, a firepit tool, and a Get on Board t-shirt.

“It looks amazing,” noted curator Alanna Horejda, adding that the Get on Board logo and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers logo have been incorporated into the firepit’s design. “It’s got a great grill on it, too.”

Tickets for the draw, which will take place at noon on Thurs., July 28, can be purchased online for $5, or three for $10, or 10 for $20.

“People can come into the museum to watch the raffle, but we’ll also throw it up on Facebook and Instagram as we’re doing it,” Horejda said.

The capital campaign, which was launched in April 2021, seeks to raise $606,330, a price tag which went up recently with the cost of steel rising, Horejda explained. To date, more than $322,000 has been raised.

“We’re excited to move this project along,” Horejda said. “We are looking for more volunteers to help with preservation project. With COVID, we’ve lost some volunteers. No experience necessary.”

For those looking to explore downtown Transcona and beyond, a number of scavenger hunts have been organized, with prizes for those who complete them by the Aug. 29 deadline.

“Kids Quest is designed for kids to explore the neighbourhood around the museum and Transcona generally,” explained museum educator Hannah Belec, adding that scavenger hunt booklets can be purchased from the museum for $1. “Each person who returns it gets a small prize, and they’ll be entered into a grand prize draw.”

At press time, the Kids Quest grand prize included four tickets to a Winnipeg Blue Bombers game, along with pre-game sideline tickets, and more.

Adults can also get in on the fun with Transcona Quest.

“It’s similar, though it takes you around a larger route around Transcona,” Belec said. “Adults don’t all get small prizes, though, but they are entered into a grand prize draw, which right now includes a $100 Sevala’s (Ukrainian Deli) gift card.”

Families can also take part in Mural Quest, booklets for which are free to download or pickup at the museum. The grand prize includes a family membership to the museum.

Back again this summer are a number of walking tours, which have proven popular in the past.

“Thursdays we offer historic Transcona tours from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.,” assistant curator Jennifer Maxwell said. “Then, in the afternoon, its murals of Transcona from 2 to 3 p.m.”

Additionally, select Saturdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. walking tours recounting Transcona’s war efforts will also be offered.

The museum is also hosting a regular crafting series Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

“We have three different time slots throughout the day, 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., featuring a different craft that relates to the theme of the week,” Belec said. “Upcoming themes include farm week, transportation week, all kinds of themes and crafts. Those programs, we ask people to register online to book a table per family.”

For more information, to purchase raffle tickets, or to register for programs, visit

Sheldon Birnie

Sheldon Birnie
Community Journalist

Sheldon Birnie is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. The author of Missing Like Teeth: An Oral History of Winnipeg Underground Rock (1990-2001), his writing has appeared in journals and online platforms across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. A husband and father of two young children, Sheldon enjoys playing guitar and rec hockey when he can find the time. Email him at Call him at 204-697-7112

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