Carman and Dufferin History


Carman was settled in 1870 when Winnipeg settlers used the Missouri Trail to locate around the Boyne River.

Businesses began to open in 1878 and it was during this period of growth that the settlers became interested in founding and properly naming a village on their Boyne site.

A vote was taken and Carman City was chosen, later shortened to Carman, after Episcopal Methodist Church bishop Rev. Albert Carman.

Located at the junction of Highways #3 and 13 just minutes southwest of Winnipeg, Carman is situated in the heart of a rich prairie agricultural belt and just 100 kilometers north of the United States border.

Incorporated as a town in 1905, the community served as an agricultural, manufacturing and commercial service centre to the surrounding areas, a role it continues today.

Carman Dufferin Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee

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Whether you are a visitor to our community, are researching your family roots, need background on an historic building or are just interested in local history, this website is your one-stop source of information on our heritage.

The site offers you a glimpse of the history of Dufferin Municipality from the pre-settlement era to the post–1870 influx of homesteading families, and from the arrival of the railways to the rise and decline of the small towns and communities along its path.

You will also discover the wealth of historic buildings, cairns, plaques and other heritage resources that our communities have to offer.

Dufferin Historical Museum

Dufferin’s Historical Museum is located at the corner of King’s Park Road and Hwy 245 in Carman Manitoba. Surrounded by the Carman Golf Course and King’s Park this wonderful facility is superbly located for an afternoon of education and recreation.

Visiting the museum you will see collections of early 1900’s furniture, a pianola, agricultural items, log house, one room schoolhouse, various clocks, early wedding dresses, tools, weapons, coins, books, household items, children’s toys, Dutch artifacts and recollections of pioneer days depicted in a series of 24 water color portraits.

June – August
Tues – Sat 10:00 – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Phone: 204-745-3597

For more information on the Dufferin Historical Museum visit

Golden Prairie Arts Council

Carman is well known for its fine artists and the local arts council- The Golden Prairie Arts Council (GPAC)

The Golden Prairie Arts Council is located in the historic train station building in the centre of Carman. For more information about the Council’s programs and events, please contact 204-745-6568

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The Town of Carman and the RM of Dufferin are located on Treaty 1 Territory, traditional territory of the
Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Town of Carman
12 2nd Ave SW
Box 160
Carman MB R0G 0J0

Office Hours: 8:30 – 4:30 Mon – Fri
Phone: 204-745-2443
Fax: 204-745-6348

RM of Dufferin
12 2nd Ave SW
Box 100
Carman MB R0G 0J0

Office Hours: 8:30 – 4:30 Mon – Fri
Phone: 204-745-2301
Fax: 204-745-6348
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