St. Laurent

Approx Population: 1000

Welcome to St. Laurent, ain village de fières Michifs—a proud Métis community—located just under 60 kilometres north of Winnipeg, on the shores of Lake Manitoba.  St. Laurent has the largest concentration of Métis people in North America! For a taste of authentic Métis culture, come to St. Laurent, where you are likely to run into someone who still speaks the traditional Michif language.

St. Laurent is also a popular summer destination for scores of vacationers and cottagers who flock to the community to enjoy the area’s sandy beaches along Lake Manitoba. St. Laurent is also home to Manipogo, a legendary sea serpent similar to the Loch Ness Monster and said to swim the waters of Lake Manitoba. Every March, the St. Laurent community celebrates Métis culture at the end of the fishing season with the Manipogo Festival, named after the famous sea monster!

The unique character of this Métis community was showcased in an exhibition on Aboriginal peoples presented in 2004 at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our community, or as we would say in Michif:  On espaire que vous allez aimer votte visite à notte village!

Manipogo Festival

Festivals & events

In March, the St. Laurent Métis community invites us to celebrate the end of the ice-fishing season. The Manipogo Festival, named after Lake Manitoba’s famous serpentine monster...

March 9 to 12, 2017

Manipogo Golf & Country Club

Outdoor Activities

Open since the year 2000 and located only one hour by car from Winnipeg, Manipogo Golf & Country Club is truly a diamond in the rough! Neatly tucked away in Manitoba’s scenic Interlake...

(204) 646-2100 or 1-877-646-2101
May to October

Meindl Beach and Sand Piper Park

Outdoor Activities

This beautiful beach on Lake Manitoba is an outstanding place for windsurfing! The spectacular sunsets that can be seen from the beach are a favourite subject for amateur photographers. Several...

(204) 646-2259 (Municipal Offices)
Open from May to October

Metis Days

Festivals & events

August 3-5, 2018 St. Laurent is a proud Metis town with one of the largest metis populations in North America. Each year, Metis Days promotes this unique metis culture. Highlights of the celebration...

St. Laurent
204 646-2467
204 646-2680
August 3-5, 2018

Parc de la Petite Fourche Park

Outdoor Activities

This is an ideal place to go fishing for walleye, pike and catfish. This new park is located at the junction of the Qu’Appelle and Assiniboine rivers, and amenities include barbecues, tables...

(204) 683-2250
Open year round

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