Living Here
 
The village of Saint Léon was established in 1877 and is recognized as the oldest established parish in the region.  It is situated in the Pembina Mountain Region approximately 1.6 km (one mile) south of Provincial Trunk Highway No.23 on Road 50w, 150 km southwest of Winnipeg. 
 
The region is heavily agricultural, known for its oilseeds and grains. It also hosts Manitoba’s first wind farm project where 73 wind turbines complement the landscape of this strong francophone community.  
 
Saint Léon boasts the Pembina Co-op as one of the largest co-operatives in Manitoba.
 
Population: 
  • 100 people  
  • 90% bilingual (French and English)
 
Geographic location: 
  • Provincial crossroads of Highway 23 and  Road 50w
  • 150 kms southwest of Winnipeg 
  • 30 minutes from the United States border
 
Education: 
  • Daycare:  Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Somerset, Manitou 
  • Elementary school:  Swan Lake, Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Manitou, Saint-Claude 
  • High school:  Somerset, Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Manitou, Saint-Claude 
 
Health and safety: 
  • Emergency 911 
  • RCMP (Manitou detachment) 
  • Saint Léon Volunteer Fire Brigade 
  • Ambulance (24 hours a day) 
  • Satellite Medical clinic
 
Seniors: 
  • Home care 
  • Services for Seniors Program 
  • Affordable housing units for seniors  
  • Senior's club
 
Various services: 
  • Community dumpsters 
  • Water  Plant  
  • Sewer system  
  • Catholic church
 
Recreation: 
  • Modern arena 
  • Fitness centre 
  • Trans-Canada Walking Trail 
  • Playground 
  • Campground 
  • Community hall 
  • Hockey, skating, curling 
     

Within 30 minutes from the village: 

  • Six golf courses 
  • Lakes for fishing 
  • Swimming pools 
  • Downhill and cross country skiing 
  • Cycling facilities and a provincial park 
  • Zip lining
 
Commerce / Services:
  • Grocery store 
  • Financial services 
  • Post office 
  • Hotel, restaurants
 
Locally, there are several attractions to explore: 
  • The Saint Léon Interpretive Centre:  salamanders and wind energy 
  • The Théobald School Museum 
  • Labossière Monument 
  • The oldest established parishes in the region:  church and cemetary  
 
Social Organizations and Activities:  
  • Comité Culturel /Cultural Committee 
  • Réseau Communautaire 
  • Lourdéon Community Development Corporation  
  • Table Ronde 
  • Club Simon Nivon – senior center 
  • Chevaliers de Colomb
  • Old Time Dance Club
  • Exercise centre
  • Canada Day Celebrations
  • Annual Curling Bonspiel
  • Annual Canada Celebrations
  • Annual Fowl Supper  
  • Le Montagnard, local paper 
  • Recreational and Tourist Attractions  
  • Centre d’interprétation Saint-Léon Interpretive Center 
  • Wind Turbine Generator Farms  
  • Museum: École Théobald 
  • Catholic Church 
  • Arena  
  • Playground  
  • Campground  
  • Trans-Canada Trail  
  • Monument to the Labossière family / picnic area 
 
Services:
  • Volunteer Fire Department 
  • Recycling Depot  
  • Medical Office (satellite office)  
  • Exercise Center 
  • Affordable Housing for Seniors 
 
Commercial: 
  • Grocery Store  
  • Post Office  
  • Caisse Populaire  
  • Hotel  
  • Gas pumps  
  • Agro Center 
  • Restaurant  
  • Hardware Store  
  • Plumber   
  • Electrician  
  • Construction Business 
  • Hairdresser 
 
Natural/Ecological Features: 
  • Campground 
  • Trans-Canada Trail 
  • Bird Watching 
  • Salamander Habitat