I think the Mennonite communities have held onto their faith for the most part also. Maybe the young are drifting away from it these days, I don’t really know. What stands out to me is how industrious and independent they are. Drive through and Mennonite area and you’ll see a ton of signs at the end of people’s driveways advertising their business ventures, mostly tradesmen. There’s been a lot of talk around here of surviving the great reset by building up independent self sufficient communities based around a common faith/ideals. The Mennonites are mostly there already and they’ve shown it through all this mess. Southeastern Manitoba has some of the lowest vax rates in the country.
I grew up in the very southwest where it was settled by British people almost exclusively. I now live a little further north where the prairie turns to parkland. There are pockets of Mennonite near me but it was mostly settled by Poles and Ukrainians, interestingly enough. They came late to the game and were given the marginal farmland. It’s beautiful country though, if you ask me, and great for wildlife.
Typical aspen parkland - rolling forested hills with meadows and small lakes in the low areas.
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The Ukrainians that settled this area were also very devout to their religions and independent from the British communities to the south. They didn’t even get electricity around here until the 50’s. Many boomers from the area grew up speaking Ukrainian in the home and have accents when they speak English. It’s common for a town of a few hundred people to have two or three majestic churches like this -
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They will have three cemeteries on the edge of town, one next to each other, labeled Roman Catholic, Ukrainian Catholic and Ukrainian Orthodox. Driving through the country side you’ll come across a random church like the one above, a testament to their past community spirit, although the young people today aren’t very religious. I think most of the churches sit empty.
Go a few hours further north and there’s cold clear deep lakes with turquoise water like you’d find in the mountains. This is Little Limestone lake, very close to where my girlfriend is from. There’s zero development and if you venture up there you can probably have it all to yourself for the day.
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