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RESTAURANTS

The Chicken Chef – They serve a great breakfast, salads, daily specials and of course chicken and pizza.  Take out available, they are located at 54-1 street South.  Head straight north from here, approximately 2 blocks.   483-2586

The Dairy Bar – If you are looking for burgers, poutine, grill items and even gluten free, consider the local drive inn.  You can then top it all off with that great banana split or soft ice cream cone.  Located on Highway #2 (200-1st Ave West), go north on 1st street, head west (left) on #2 highway, just across the railway tracks on your left hand side.  This is a bit of a walk, but just a short drive.  483-1518 (Open: seasonally, 11am-9pm)

The Woodfire Deli – Coffee bar and Deli featuring woodfire pizza.  39 Crescent Avenue.  Home cooking, daily specials, sandwich, soup and salad, specialty coffees, gelati and baking.  483-2795.  Head west aprox. 1 block. woodfiredeli.com

The Sunflower Tea House - Family restaurant with terrific home cooking and daily specials. #12 First Street South next door to the Rock Shop. 483-3302.

Tak Lee Cafe - 6 Crescent Ave. E.  Excellent authentic Chinese cuisine, dine-in or take-out.  483-2742 located two doors west. 

White Owl Services - 21 - 1st Ave. E  “To go” “Hot Stuff” Pizza and things, convenience store items, coffee, fuel, car wash and laundromat. 483-3620  3 blocks North on Hwy 2.

Subway - Across from the white owl. Terrific sandwiches and they do catering. 483-2953.

Souris Golf Course -  1 mile south of Town on Hwy 22 watch for the sign, Seasonal Club House Lunch Counter and evening meals.  483-2956.

 

 
 

ATM
Royal Bank, 47 Cresent Ave West, one block west.
Westoba Credit Union, 104 First Street South, half block north.

MAIL SERVICE
Please inquire on arrival for arrangements if required.  The local post office is located 1 block west and ½ block north at 107-2nd Street S, 483-2163.  You can purchase stamps and supplies at this location.  The local postal code is R0K 2C0.  The mailing address for the Guest Room is PO Box 609, Souris, MB  R0K 2C0.  You can also purchase stamps at The White Owl Service 21-1st Ave East (Esso – corner of #2 & #250).

LAUNDRY
White Owl Services (ESSO) – Public Laundromat
21 1st Ave. E. (Hwy 2 & 250)
483-3620  

For extended stay guests on site arrangements may be arranged.

 
 

 

the Plum Museum
The Plum Heritage Church Museum
Look out the back window of The Guest Room to see the 1883 Souris Heritage Church Museum and Visitor Information Center.  Restored to its original Victorian plum and chocolate colors this building is the oldest public building in Souris and one of the oldest church buildings in Western Manitoba! The Plum offers museum tours, visitor information, souvenirs, and refreshments such as coffee, tea, root beer floats, ice cream novelties and “Plum Punch” which can be enjoyed on the outdoor tea terrace.

Open July to Labour Day Weekend.
Off season by appointment.
Call 204-483-5200 or 204-741-0631

 
 
 
 

SERVICES, SUPPLIES, GIFT’S

The Home Hardware (483-3238) offers a wide array of goods and services including, gifts, cards, booster cables, tools, tow ropes, extension cords many general store items. Open until 6:00 PM, M-Sa, noon-4 on Sunday.

Whitfield Drugs (483-2155) provides 5 days a week Pharmacist and has a huge supply of all the items typical to a drug store including cards, gifts, grooming items and more.  Open weekdays until 6:00 PM, closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Other interesting shops


The Dollar Store– discount store
37 Crescent Ave W.
Pembina Coop (Lumber & Hardware)
# 2 Highway
483-2137
Rock Shop (Gifts, local stone, art, rock hound permits)
483-2561
Another Man's Treasure Antiques & Collectables
# 2 Hwy 2 miles east and 1 mile north of Souris
website
483-3517
Kowalchuk's Furniture
99 2nd St. S.
483-2167

Lagasse's Studio of Fine Art
#6 Crescent Ave East
741-1221
www.lagassesstudio.com

Plaza Petals - Florist
94 1st St. S
483-3174
Sadlers Creekside Greenhouse
7th Ave West
483-2212
   
 
 

DOCTORS, MEDICAL SERVICES & FACILITIES

MASSAGE THERAPY
Roxanne Scraba Massage Therapy
For apppointments 483-2225,
North Entrance, 31 Cresent Ave.
Roxanne Scraba RMT, DHMS

The Mindful Mouse
43 Crescent Ave West
709-9000
sourismassage.com

Chiropractic
Souris River Chiropractic/Nutritionist/Acupuncture
North Entrance, 31 Cresent Ave.                                          
483-7360 

Dental
Souris Dental Office
10 Cedar Ave. East                                                      
483-2112

General Practice
Souris Medical Associates
31 Crescent Ave. W.
483-2147

Souris Handi Van
741-0202

Souris Hospital (Non-emergency)
Brindle Ave
483-2121

 
  The Hillcrest Museum

Hillcrest Museum – located 1/2 block east of the Guest Room

The distinctive Hillcrest Museum was built in 1904 by Fred Sowden, Squire Sowden’s son.  It was designed by the stage coach driver of Souris, Mr. Carter Brindle.  From 1887-1890, he ran the stage coach from Souris to Brandon and back six out of seven days a week, somehow he found the time to become a self trained architect.  It was here that the Souris Yacht club had a dock, as well as tennis courts to keep tedium at bay. Over 5,000 guests a year visit the Museum, one of Canada's top 64 heritage properties.  The site includes an Agricultural Museum and Railway Museum in a caboose as well as a collection of over 5,000 mounted butterflies from all over the world!

Open July 1st to Labour Day
Other times by arrangement
Phone: 483-2008
Admission fees are $5.00 per adult, $3.00 per student, children under 5 are free.

 
 

GROCERIES & CONVENIENCE
Souris Valley Foods (Big Way)
110-1st St. S ½ block north (3 buildings) is the largest local grocery store.  They offer a complete line of grocery, fresh produce, milk products, frozen food, and fresh meat and deli counter.  They are open until 8:00 PM Monday to Friday.  Saturday s and Sundays various hours.  483-3315

Souris Valley Bakery
114 1st St. S, ½ block north (next door to the Big Way) offer fresh on-site baked breads, cakes, donuts and more. Open Tuesday – Saturday until 6:00 pm  483-2883

White Owl Services
21 1st Ave. E., corner of Highway #2 & 250 approx 4-5 blocks north.
for extended hours and convenience items along with a small selection of emergency items, fishing licenses and tack, check out the gas station’s “C” store!  483-3620

 
 

 

 

 
 

 
 

BEER & LIQUOR SERVICES
Royal Canadian Legion
74 1st St. South (2 blks north)
offers a full service members lounge.  Non-members must be signed in by a local member.
483-2659

Souris Motor Inn – Beverage Room
1st St. South
483-2175

Souris Motor Inn – Beer Vendor/Off-sale Beer sales.
1st St. South
located on the north east corner of the building
483-2175

Souris Valley Foods - Liquor Mart Sales, wine, hard liquor, spirits
110-1st Street S. ½ block north etc. 483-3315

CAR RENTAL
In the City of Brandon located 30 minutes NE of Souris, there are many options for car rental including Enterprise Rent-a-car 1-800-325-8007, Hertz 1-800-263-0600, Budget 725-3551.

Souris - Glenwood Memorial Complexlocated 2 blocks north of The Guest Room
P.O. Box 1333
32 3rd Avenue W
Facility Manager: 483-3790



Murray Arena
The Murray Arena is an international size hockey arena with dimensions measuring 200' x 90'. The Murray Arena is the home of:
- AAA Midget Southwest Cougars Hockey Club
- Souris Elks Senior Hockey Club
- Souris Figure Skating Club
- Souris Minor Hockey
- Youth recreational Hockey
- Souris Valley Vipers High School hockey
- 3 Senior recreational Hockey Teams

 
 
MOVIES
In the drawer of the TV hutch you will find a small selection a various older titles.  Please rewind and leave them for future guests to enjoy. 

Avalon Theatre – 98 1st Street, 1 block north
offers large screen movies on Friday, Saturday and Sundays at a 7:30pm show time.  Very reasonable ticket prices, cash only.  Theatre popcorn and drinks too!  Check the bill board on the building for current shows.  483-5215

 
 

 

Souris Golf Course
Golf Course – located approx. 1 mile south of The Guest Room
The Souris and Glenwood Golf Course is a challenging nine hole, par 70 course with grass greens and watered fairways. The Elgin Creek runs throughout the course, creating some interesting water hazards!! There is also a clubhouse with licensed restaurant.
483-2956
 
 
 
 

AUTOMOTIVE  SERVICE & SUPPLIES

Gas Stations  

  • Pembina Coop Cardlock (24 hours)- Preston Ave (Highway 2 W)
    483-2137
  • White Owl Services (ESSO) - 21 1st Ave. E. (Hwy 2 & 250)
    483-3620  

Car Wash  

  • White Owl Services - 21 1st Ave. E.
    483-3620

Repair Service & parts

  • Tirecraft Automotive Center - 81 1st St. S., Full Mechanical service, tire sales, lock-out service, on-call services
    483-2628
  • Brian Rowe Diesel Mechanic - 136 1st Ave. E
    483-3843
  • Bumper to Bumper, 79 1st St. W.  Parts & Supplies
    483-3728
  • Souris Collision and Glass, 70 1st Ave. W., Autobody
    483-2211
  • Souris Sales & Service - 150 Maple Ave., ATV, Snowmobile etc.
    483-2289
The Swinging Bridge
The Swinging Bridge
located ½ block East of The Guest Room
The Souris Swinging bridge, Canada's longest suspension bridge (measuring 582 feet or 177.4 meters), was constructed in 1904 so that the Squire could easily attend to matters regarding his property in Idlewyld, which was on the opposite bank of the Souris River. We lost the bridge most recently when flodding took it out in 2011.  It was rebuilt for the continued use of our citizens, and remains a tourist attraction to this day. Recently Canada Post commemorated the swinging bridge by way of a stamp.

At present, the bridge is used every day by Souris citizens and visitors.
 
 

 
 

SOME HISTORY ABOUT SOURIS!

The name Squire Sowden threads through the tapestry of our Town for very good reason. Close on the heels of the original settlers Captain Gilbert Woods, his wife and their two children, as well as Thomas and Edward Hicks, Squire Sowden founded our Town of Souris, and the Rural Municipality of Glenwood.  He headed the Sowden Colonization party which consisted of thirty six adventurous souls who crossed the Assiniboine River in April of 1881.

On a nearly treeless plain, one can only imagine what the settlers thought when they set their eyes on a tree that is estimated to be 300-500 years of age. The old oak tree is still situated in what is now Victoria Park, which was donated to the Town by Squire Sowden in 1897. It is interesting to note that our park is one of the oldest parks in Canada. We have an extensive bird sanctuary that houses our town mascots, the peacocks. We encourage them to make themselves at home in our town, so please don’t be alarmed when you see them wandering up and down main street.

Other early residents also did their part to make our town what it is today.  In 1890, “Grandma Moffatt”, one of the earliest settlers, and operator of one the first boarding houses in the area, planted a row of Manitoba Maples, and also lived close enough to the brick factory to acquire enough broken bricks to make a walk around her home.  To quote her: “It was hard making things beautiful on the prairie in those days. There was always the wind and often the sand drifted. It was discouraging at times but always interesting.” Grandma Moffatt persevered, and we see that same spirit today in our dedicated volunteers and various committees that strive to make Souris a beautiful place to call home. It is due to our volunteers that we have more than once been nominated as a five bloom community in Canada’s “Communities in Bloom” competition.

Swimming Pool
The Souris Swimming Poollocated in Victoria Park, an easy walk from The Guest Room.
483-5212

PUBLIC SWIM TIMES
July and August  
Usually afternoon and evenings are public swim time.  Call for hours of operation.

Northend Skate Park
3200 sq ft. skate area located next to Souris School. Features a grind ridge, grind rail, floating ramp, stairs, bent penny and a 7' R ramp.

A few interesting thoughts from the pages of history;

  • Squire Sowden infused our town with a rich cultural heritage by giving us an Opera House in 1892.  Distinguished guests were Helen Keller, Nellie McClung, and Hugh MacDonald (Son of Sir John A. MacDonald)
  • The very first cottage hospital was organized and instituted by a group of determined women, the Women’s Temperance Christian Union.  They raised the money and were the sole board of directors… for about a month. There was so much unrest about a group of women running the hospital that they didn’t even advertise an official opening!!  Graciously, after three weeks, they stepped aside for a new board of sixteen members to be appointed, twelve of which were men. Nonetheless, that was the beginning of hospitalized health care in Souris.
  • May 24th, 1955, the first regional Library in Manitoba was opened in Souris.
  • The first child of European descent born in the Plum Creek district was Norah Creedon; in the Souris District, Mary Emmaline Butler.
  • The Ku Klux Klan wandered through Souris in 1928 and right back out again within approximately one year.
  • Chief Cha-ske, who fought with the Sioux at the battle of Little Big Horn in South Montana in 1876 against General Custer, paid his last visit to Souris, the town he watched grow into a thriving village, in the summer of 1929.

    Compiled By: Becky Smith
    Reference materials;
    The River and Other Souris Stories, Mary Box Haigh; Souris Plaindealer
    Stories From the Past; Marjorie Denning
    Stories Old and New; Marjorie Denning
    The Hospital Tree Grows Tall; Ross Hume
 
 
 
 

Victoria Park – located South and West of the Guest Room.

Victoria Park is a 20 acre spot of great natural beauty.  Located in the heart of town, it has facilities for picnicking and camping, while the creek and river provide the usual water sports.  There is also a swimming pool available in the campground. A bird sanctuary is located in the centre of the park and is home to many different birds such as the peacock - our town ambassador!

There are approximately six kilometers of interlocking nature trails in Victoria Park. The Old Oak Tree is one of the many attractions to see while walking along these trails Get a panoramic view of the Town of Souris from the lookout tower located at the top of the sand hills.  Check out the bird sanctuary, fishing, boat dock and flower gardens!

The Elks Playground is located near the boat dock and features swings, a new climbing structure, baby swings and merry-go-round. Modern washroom facilities are located nearby.

In the summer the "bowl" is used for many events, including Music in the Park, Football, Baseball, and the RCMP Musical Ride.

For winter outdoor enthusiasts tobogganing, snowboarding and cross country skiing are available on a recreational basis.

 
 

Ball Diamonds – located east of The Guest Room, across the river.
Located at the Souris and Glenwood Agricultural Grounds on the south end of town. The Souris Fair takes place here every year on the second weekend of July. Batting cages, barns, corral, judges booth, display buildings, concession stands, washrooms and lots of green space for your recreation!

 
 
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