Aprox Population: 500
Located approximately forty kilometers southeast of Winnipeg on the Transcanada Highway, the town of Richer emerged from two dynamic nations: the French and the Metis. The first settlers were attracted to the area, initially called Côteau-de-Chênes, by the abundance of lumber. The construction of the Dawson Trail, beginning in 1869, attracted even more settlers who came to live alongside the Métis who had been in the area since the 1840s. In 1901, the town was renamed Thibautville, in honour of the first missionary to work in the area, Fr. Jean-Baptiste Thibault. With the population growth, in 1905, a post office was established and the town’s name was changed to Richer, in honour of a political benefactor, Isaïe Richer. At the beginning of the 1960s the exodus of the populations toward Winnipeg caused a rapid decline in the town’s population. Moreover, in 1995, town’s Enfant-Jésus Church, on the Historic Dawson Trail, saw its doors closed. In October 2008, through efforts of community members, the weathered building obtained the status of municipal heritage site; view more at the following link: http://www.rc.net/canada/stboniface/enfant-jesus/ . The town of Richer today offers many amenities to its residents and the many tourists who frequent the area’s many campgrounds and who pass through on their way to the Whiteshell Provincial Park.