The Last Moments of The Albion Hotel

On Mothers Day, May 8th, 1983, every mother in town received the present they were hoping for. The end of the storied Albion Hotel. Built in 1883 by brothers John and Angus McLeod, the hotel stood for 100...

The Epic Metropolitan Fire

Sunday, July 26, 1976 saw the end of the Metropolitan Store (The Met).  The Met was a a hub of activity in the downtown. A five and dime type dollar store and lunch counter is what I remember. There's...

9 Reasons to Visit Oakville This Winter

With the arrival of winter here are the top 9 reasons to visit Oakville in the snow.  Photos are courtesy of the Caddy Halliday Archive. These photos were generously donated to the PCI Archive by Silver...

Yosh 7 – Winter

With the arrival of winter this week, The Hoop and Holler thought it only appropriate to look back with Yosh Tashiro at some… well… SNOW. More snow clearing on Saskatchewan Avenue. Again, look at the...

The Great War Myth

I recently listened to a Manitoba Member of Parliament offer his narrative on the meaning of the Great War. He affirmed that the soldiers of the lost generation went into combat to preserve the Canadian values...

November 11

With Remembrance Day approaching, we take a look back with Yosh Tashiro, at some of the images surrounding the Cenotaph and the military presence in Portage over the years. Saluting the fallen as school...

Halloween

Here’s a few of Yosh’s snaps from Halloween past. The archive, albeit vast and full of treasures often lacks accompanying info. Let us know if you know anything about these “scary” photos. Now here's...

All that Jazz

This past Friday night at the Ripples art show at the Glesby, saw Bob VandenBroek and Helen White deliver a wicked jazz set.  Something we don't often see in Portage la Prairie.  If jazz is your thing,...

Don’t Drink and Drive?

Here is the latest image that James Kostuchuk dug out of the Yosh Tashiro archive at PCI.  It's... well... an odd promotion.  Perhaps not well thought through.   1980 "The more beer you...

Autumn/Harvest

Thanksgiving. On Thursday, January 31, 1957, the Parliament  proclaimed:  A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on...

Let’s Go Bowling!

The building that the Portage and District Arts Centre sits, was once Portage la Prairie's  "...most modern building", housing the epic Delta Lanes 10-Pin Bowling Alley. Here's a look from the Yosh...

Yosh 3 – Elevator Fires

Remember all the elevators along the tracks. A few went up in flames. Here’s a look at one of the Pool elevators going up. If you were there, let us know. We’d love to hear about what you saw that...

Yosh 4 Elevators and Overpass

Here is our final installment in our theme of the overpass and grain elevators from the Yosh Tashiro Archive. Skyline Bridge under construction Looking East along Fisher from about 6th street. Are...

Concert In The Park: Helen White

The concert in the park series has been running every Thursday night since July and continues for the month of August. Great live music takes to the bandstand stage from 6-8pm.  HnH cameras caught up with...

Aerial Photos – Flood 1956

  Here's a great set of photos from the Tashiro Archive. They were all labelled under one title so if anyone can identify the locations, let us know.   Yosh index 7394. Date April 24, 1956....
Yosh index: 10327. Date: Oct 3, 1954. Title: Delta Cottage owners work to stop flooding.

Delta Flooding 1954 / 1955

We found more flood photos from the Yosh Tashiro archive  Here's a look at Delta beach in 1954 and 1955.   Yosh (No index). Date Sat May 7, 1955. Title: Lake Manitoba Floods Delta. Caption: THIS IS A...
Yosh envelope number11358 May 21, 1955. Caption: Human Chain Swings Sandbags. Nine miles east of Poplar Point, men of No. 1 RCHA form a chain to heft sandbags to the top of the dike. The sandbags are being conveyed by boat to another par of the dike inaccessible by any other means.

Along the Dikes – Newton, Poplar Point

More photos from the Yosh Tashiro archive from flooding in 1955. These shots are from Newton Siding and east of Poplar point.  The Army, Hutterites, Farmers and other volunteers are seen working together to...

It’s 142 Years of EX-cellent

It definitely feels like summer. And with this perfect weather comes the arrival of the 142nd PortageX. Western Canada's longest running summer fair starts Friday, July 4 and runs until July 6 on the island...

Now Playing…

With summer here, movie goers can expect the usual run of big Hollywood summer blockbusters. Often, these films are long on flash bang and short on just about everything else. We thought we'd Transformer our...

You know… I think it’s spring.

I don't trust the weather this year.  We'll see if this lasts.  But for now, I think it's spring. A photo essay from around town of some  signs that we made it through. Click on any pic to...