Virden is a town located in southwestern Manitoba, on the Trans-Canada Highway #1 just east of the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border. The town is known for its strong agricultural industry and its proximity to the oil and gas fields in western Manitoba. The town has a rich history, dating back to the late 1800s when it was first established as a stop on the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Virden History

In 1878, the Canadian Pacific Railway arrived in the area, and a small settlement was established.  The settlement was named Virden after Thomas Virden, a railway contractor who had worked on the railway in the area. Virden quickly grew as a transportation hub for the surrounding agricultural region, and by the early 1900s, it had become a bustling town with a thriving economy.

During World War II, Virden served as a training base for Canadian soldiers, and many of the town’s residents served in the war effort. Following the war, Virden continued to grow with new industries and businesses establishing themselves in and around the town. Today, Virden is a thriving community with a population of around 3,000 people.

Virden Attractions

Canadian Pacific Railway Station

425 Seventh Avenue South, Virden, Manitoba

(204) 748-3014

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The Virden train station, built in 1900, is a National Historic Site of Canada. It now serves as a museum and tourist information center, where visitors can learn about the history of the town and the railway.

The Virden Pioneer Home Museum

555 Seventh Avenue South, Virden, Manitoba

(204) 748-1654

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This museum showcases the history of Virden and the surrounding area. Visitors can explore the exhibits, which include artifacts and displays of pioneer life, agricultural equipment, and more.

The Virden Oil Capitals

225 Wellington Street West, Virden, Manitoba

(204) 748-4848

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The local junior ice hockey team plays in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. Visitors can catch a game at the Tundra Oil & Gas Place arena.

The Virden and District Arts Council

425 Seventh Avenue South, Virden, Manitoba

(204) 748-3014

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This organization promotes the arts in the Virden area, offering concerts, theater productions, and other cultural events throughout the year.

The Oak Island Resort and Campground

1035 Main Street West, Virden, Manitoba

: (204) 748-1536

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This campground offers a variety of outdoor activities, including fishing, boating, hiking, and camping. Visitors can also rent cabins or park their RVs.