Flin Flon, Manitoba gained worldwide attention in 2002 when it became the site of a government approved marijuana farm. The legalized farm produces around 400 kg of medicine each year in an underground copper and zinc drift. If you happen to travel to this area of Manitoba, I wouldn’t get my hopes up for a tour offering free samples. Sadly, when the globe focuses on this historic event, they missed out on a lot of the unique scenery and attractions the area has to offer.
The city of Flin Flon, founded in 1927, lies directly on the border between Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The interesting points surrounding this beautiful city begin with how it got its name. A gold prospector by the name of Tom Creighton had found a book entitled ‘The Sunless City’ by J E Preston Muddock in the woods. The book told the story of how ‘Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin drove a submarine into a gold coated tunnel and discovered a hidden civilization. Not long after the prospector discovered a rich area of copper and named his mine Flin Flon after the character in the book. The city began to grow in the area and continued to take pride in ‘Flinty’ into the present day.
Since Flin Flon is built on an ancient volcano, the city has many unique traits including Ross Lake which is found in the center of the city and surrounded by two billion year old cliffs. The lake has a beautiful boardwalk that encircles the lake and is perfect for a romantic stroll. The Hapnot Lake Wildlife Sanctuary is also located within city limits along with stunning cliffs and mountainous terrain.
The city also boasts a large number of manmade attractions within its borders. The tallest of the group, and the tallest free-standing structure in the Canadian prairies, is ‘The Stack,’ which falls only 175 feet short of the Eiffel Tower.
The Hundred Stairs staircase was originally constructed in 1935 to connect the two portions of the city. It now leads to Flin Flon’s Bomb Shelter that was started in 1947 for a cost of $32 000. Interestingly, the excitement over the shelter waned 4 meters short of the goal and the tunnel was narrowed to the point that it is nothing more than a storm drain. Of course, a large cartoon-like statue of Flintabettey Flonatin still perches proundly in the city of Flin Flon.
Another interesting site to see in Flin Flon is the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting’s Mine and Smelter Site. The copper vein that Tom Creighton is generally accredited with finding was actually discovered by a trapper and merely shown to the prospector in 1914. The find did prove to be a massive find, but a process called smeltering was needed in order to purify the ore. Today, the North Main is closed, however the South Main is still in use as well as the other operations associated with the site.
There are tons of beaches, lakes, and attractions in and around the beautiful city of Flin Flon, Manitoba. This little city is the perfect blend of the region’s iconic past and of history in the making. If you would like to explore the city for yourself, feel free to visit Flin Flon’s Website.
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