Rural Municipality of East St. Paul

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Rural Municipality of East St. Paul
Rural Municipality of East St. Paul is located in Manitoba
Rural Municipality of East St. Paul
Rural Municipality of East St. Paul
East St. Paul in Manitoba
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Incorporation October 23, 1915
 • Land 42.10 km2 (16.25 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 9,046
 • Density 214.9/km2 (557/sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)

East St. Paul is a rural municipality in Manitoba, Canada. It is located north-east of and adjacent to the city of Winnipeg, and is part of the Winnipeg Metropolitan Area. The municipality was formed on 3 November 1915 when the municipality of St. Paul (1888-1914) was subdivided into West St. Paul and East St. Paul [3] and encompasses 41 square kilometres (16 sq mi). It includes the town of Birds Hill and the communities of North Hill, Glengarry, River East Estates, Whidbey Harbour, Pritchard Farm Estates, and Silverfox Estates. Historic Henderson Highway follows the Red River through East St. Paul areas settled by the Red River Settlers. The Red River Floodway diverts part of the Red River's flow around the city of Winnipeg and through East St. Paul and discharges it back into the Red River North of the dam in Lockport. The Trans Canada Trail and the Duff Roblin Parkway Trail also pass through East St. Paul.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1981 3,596 —    
1986 4,385 +21.9%
1996 6,437 +46.8%
2001 7,677 +19.3%
2006 8,733 +13.8%
2011 9,046 +3.6%

The population of East St. Paul increased by 1056 persons (up 13.85%) between 2001 and 2006.[1] making it one of the fastest-growing municipalities in Manitoba. The municipality attracts people from Winnipeg and elsewhere due to its close proximity to Winnipeg, the larger properties, lower rates of property tax[citation needed], and semi-rural atmosphere.

East St. Paul has a gated community for seniors and new home development is underway at Countryside Crossing, By The Park, Prairie Ridge, Southlands Drive and Village Centre. East St. Paul contains greenhouses and numerous small farms, primarily of the market gardening variety, as well as natural forest, creek and pond areas.


Esat St. Paul has a recreation centre, which offers curling and ice hockey programs, and an outdoor recreation complex for soccer and baseball. An 18 hole golf course (The Meadows) and tennis courts are used by residents and nonresidents in the summer, as well as a toboggan hill and an outdoor skating on a frozen lake in the winter. In addition to the Trans Canada Trail and the Duff Roblin Parkway Trail, the municipality also contains several other walking trails and pathways, like the Bottomly Creek Trail and the Pritchard Farm Trails.

A habitat rehabilitation project at Birds Hill, Manitoba transformed a depleted gravel pit into Silver Springs Park, complete with trails, a lake, and homes built along part of its perimeter. The pit dates to the late 19th century, when the Canadian Pacific Railway needed gravel ballast for its rail lines. The deposit was later worked to serve Winnipeg's needs for aggregate. Over the years, more than 20 million tonnes of gravel were removed from the site. The depleted quarry was graded and landscaped with native grasses and more than 1,200 trees and shrubs[citation needed]. Geese, ducks, terns, gulls, American white pelicans, songbirds, foxes, rabbits, western painted turtles, muskrats and deer are frequently observed.

Police scandal and disbanding

East St. Paul made national news in 2005 with the poor handling by East St.Paul Police and subsequent inquiry into death of Crystal Taman by an off duty Winnipeg police officer Derek Harvey-Zenk.[4][5][6][7][8][9] It was believed that the police officer was driving drunk when his truck rear-ended Taman, who was stopped at a red light. The East St. Paul police officers at the scene knew the offender, did not gather adequate evidence, and the prosecutor was forced to plea bargain a relatively light sentence. As a result of the evidence presented at the Taman Inquiry, the province disbanded the East St. Paul police force, replacing them with RCMP officers.


Neighbouring communities


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