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Item Description 

Mapping Manitoba

Creator 

Manitoba Department of Mines and Natural Resources

Date 

1940

Fonds/Series Title 

Films promoting tourism and industry

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Notes 

Francis J. S. Holmes, a Winnipeg filmmaker, accompanied the Department of Mines and Natural Resources survey party for a few weeks in 1940 to document the surveying of the twenty-third base line, five hundred miles north of the international boundary. This was the first survey in Canada that utilized an airplane to transport the survey party.

The film shows a survey crew at work in northern Manitoba, and includes much aerial footage of the northern regions.

Government Schedule No. 

A 0237

Accession No. 

GR8398


Location and Ordering Information

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Location Code 

V29

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Further Information about the File or Item


Audio/Video Files:

Original Format 

1 film reel: acetate, silent

Colour 

Colour

Size 

16 mm

Time 

21 min., 55 sec.

Former Codes 

AV B 14

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Item Details 

IdentifierContent

00:00

title "The Department of Mines and Natural Resources presents Mapping Manitoba"

00:10

map of Canada with man outlining Manitoba with pointer

00:25

title "To give us our first maps the early explorers carefully charted the routes over which they travelled. Today the aerial photographer and surveyor combine their efforts to produce maps which are complete and accurate in every detail."

00:43

man showing topographical maps

00:52

title "When new maps are required the survey party moves into the field - this time in mid-winter by railway to Thicket Portage"

01:02

man pointing to Thicket Portage on map of Manitoba

01:24

train arriving at Thicket Portage with small crowd waiting at station

01:40

men carrying bags alongside train and going to forest trail

01:52

men walking to bush plane

01:58

packages and bags from train loaded on horse-drawn sleds

02:14

boy driving horse and sled; other children on back

02:25

bags loaded onto plane at Wintering Lake

02:34

men working on plane preparing for flight

03:10

men boarding the plane

03:13

plane taking off

03:14

man pointing out route on Manitoba Map

03:17

aerial view of snow-covered lakes, forests with white line marking the Principal Meridian

03:40

survey party beside plane

03:45

view of tent with chimney

03:50

men sawing logs

04:01

man getting pails of water from beneath lake ice

04:23

title "Trails are marked by brush in case storm should obliterate the snow-show tracks"

04:30

survey party snowshoes across snow, carrying brush, survey equipment

05:34

title: "A line is struck due west from the Principal Meridian"

05:40

surveyors setting equipment amidst forest and snow and set to work surveying area [at 23rd Base Line]

05:59

title "Camp moves forward as the line progresses"

06:03

tents taken down and packed up for moving

06:44

equipment loaded onto plane

07:14

plane (CF-MA1) with pontoons takes off from lake

07:22

aerial footage of snow-covered lakes and forest

07:49

plane coming in for landing

07:56

surveyors unloading equipment from plane

08:26

men clearing snow to put up tents

08:53

men erecting tents

09:02

cookstove carried into cook tent

09:10

view of camp from further uphill

09:19

title "A characteristic send-off from the cook"

09:24

cook waving to men leaving, brushing moustache

09:33

surveyors carrying equipment and snowshoeing down path

10:27

title "Mile after mile, day after day, the axemen drive the base line westward"

10:33

survey party (axemen) chopping trees to cut line through forest

11:40

men thawing lunch over a fire and making tea with snow over a fire

12:03

men sitting and eating lunch

12:14

thawing and roasting sandwiches on sticks over fire

12:35

Aboriginal man (from Cross Lake) chopping down tree

12:52

surveyors at work on line

13:17

title "Setting a station"

13:22

surveyors setting main transit station, seding signals with red flags to other surveyors two or three miles away

14:77

title "survey monuments are planted periodically to mark exact locations for use in connection with later surveys"

14:27

survey monument (iron pipe with bronze cap) being driven into ground

15:28

title "Levellers measure the water level on every lake and river that's crossed, also the rise and fall of terrain as the line progrsses"

15:35

levellers measuring water level through ice on lake and determining elevation

16:42

title "Chainmen measure every inch of the way with a painstaking accuracy that even allows for variations in the tape due to temperature changes"

16:53

chainman climbing hill

17:03

chainmen measuring slope of hill, using clinometer

17:39

title "Working on open lakes measuring distances to shores and islands, the traverse men have the coldest job on the outfit"

17:50

traverse men measuring distance from shore to islands

18:33

survey party snowshoeing on path through forest

19:08

Gauer hanging socks on line

19:15

cook removing buns from oven

19:22

cook giving dinner call

19:34

men seated in cook tent-eating dinner

19:59

title "Every evening brings its round of office work"

20:04

men sitting in tents recording data in notebooks and working at typewriter

20:34

title "Messages come in and reports go out to Winnipeg by radio"

20:41

radio operator sending and receiving messages

20:51

two men sharpening axe

21:08

man cutting another man's hair

21:17

men sitting in tent, playing harmonica, violin and a snowshoe

21:25

man putting logs in woodstove

21:37

man putting on nightclothes pulling up blanket and lying down to sleep

21:51

men with backpacks snowshoeing, sunset

21:54

title "The End"

21:55

end


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