100 Acre Woods

Cartier’s Hundred Acre Woods Cartier’s Hundred Acre Woods

Most Winnie-the-Pooh fans will be familiar with the 100 Aker Wood that is the backdrop for the adventures of Pooh-bear and his friends. BUT, did you realize that The RM of Cartier has its very own Hundred Acre Woods?!

Nestled in a bend of the Assiniboine River just north of the TransCanada Highway, a beautiful treed property, about 100 acres, appeared to be full of potential recreational activity and was developed by a group of Air Canada Pilots in the late 1950's. With three cement-bottom pools, a concession stand, change rooms, an office and ample parking, it became known as Bison Park. Many young children from Cartier, St. Francois Xavier and surrounding area got their start with swimming lessons here. Older teens had an opportunity to acquire a part-time job working and perhaps even a few romances had their start at this fun spot.

After an economic recession, the property fell into bankruptcy. Some of the original owners, along with a few new partners revived the property under the name of Jellystone Park. A large Yogi Bear statue was erected near the new miniature golf area and this new attraction became the backdrop for many a family picture!

In the following years, the lands were expanded to include camping facilities with tents, trailers and motor home sites in the back acres and bicycle trails connecting everything together. Some of the owners at that time were in conjunction with the White Horse Village Trailer Park and the property was named White Horse Campgrounds.

Once again hard economic times, high maintenance costs, short seasons and health and environmental standards caused the closure of the park and a First Nations Band purchased the property. The lands now took on the name of Tansi Resort, a Cree word meaning welcome. Management of the recreational area was undertaken by Walter Adams and his family. The place was quite active once more with swimming and camping but in a reduced capacity. The Park Lodge opened a family dining area, soon becoming well known for its weekend dances and Sunday brunches. In winter The Lodge hosted Christmas office parties and family get-togethers, as well as serving as a popular rest stop for snowmobilers along the Assiniboine River. The basement of the Lodge building was also used by Aerofax who printed an Aboriginal phone directory.

In 1996, the property was purchased by Marquette Homes with the hope of creating a gated 55+ modular home community. Unfortunately, existing regulations did not allow for this housing development to occur and so the lands remain vacant, quietly resting in their majestic beauty awaiting the next piece of history to revive life in the area.