In 1962, the Manitoba school purchased it’s first canoes from the Chestnut Canoe Company. They were named the Cochrane, the Spokane Garry, and the David Thompson. The Bishop of Rupertsland, Howard Clark, came out to the school to bless the canoes and the student brigades. This gallery of pictures was taken on the banks of the Red River across from the school property. The steersmen for these canoes were; Ted Byfield, Dave Thompson and Keith Bennett.
After the Manitoba school closed in 1990, the Cochrane and Spokane Garry were sent to the Alberta school. The Spokane Garry was gifted to Dave Thompson (the Alberta school’s first Headmaster). The Cochrane was used on the annual Spring canoe race until 1999, when it was officially retired.
What are your memories of these canoes – click on the title and scroll to the bottom to submit your story. Double click on the pictures to see a larger version.