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The Village of Somerset is located approximately 130 kilometres south west of Winnipeg, in the center of the Rural Municipality of Lorne at the junction of Provincial Hwy. 23 and PTH 242. Somerset lies on the edge of the picturesque Pembina Hills. Its landscape is comprised of a multitude of grain fields broken by occasional wood lots and pothole marshes.
The first council meeting for the RM of Lorne was held on July 8, 1880. During the next few years people homesteaded in Ward IV. Homesteads of 160 acres could be purchased for $10. On May 1, 1889 an agreement was made between Mr. Chas. Clark and Mr. Fortunat Lachance, two homesteaders and the Northern Pacific and Manitoba Railway Co. This agreement stated that for the price of $1, forty acres from each of these quarters were to be set aside to provide for the site of Somerset when needed. The agreement also read, “The Railway at its own expense shall locate and lay out a town site on these lands and within three months shall place the lots on the market for sale. Additional lands shall be donated to the Railway for a right of way.” This agreement was carried out and on September 30, 1889, the rails of the Northern Pacific were laid in Somerset. This lead to the influx of houses and businesses in the area.
In 1922, the village of Somerset became an unincorporated village. With a levy from the municipality, village councillors managed the affairs of the village.
In January, 1962 the village was incorporated. After the incorporation the village was no longer under the jurisdiction of the Lorne Municipality.
Somerset has a variety of facilities for residents and visitors including a large Community Hall, and a smaller senior’s centre, the Somerset Rendez-vous.
There are fifteen camp sites with electrical service, with space for additional unserviced camping. There is also a walking pathway which circuits the park.
Somerset Splash Park
Opening Summer of 2013!
Skating and Curling Rinks
The skating and curling rinks, complete with artificial ice, provide exciting wintertime recreation and host various hockey tournaments and curling bonspiels.
Built in 1995, Somerset Place provides medical services and dental services.
Prairie Mountain High School
Prairie Mountain High School is located in Somerset MB. It is a grade 9 – 12 school with about 125 students. We have a full Industrial Arts Shop, Chem Lab, Band room as well as a Fitness Room. Prairie Mountain High School offers all core courses, numerous math and science courses plus: Art, Band, Choir, Family Studies, Global Issues, Law, Psychology and Woodworking. You can visit the school website at www.somerset.prairiespirit.mb.ca.
Grade K-8 students from the town attend the Prairie Mountain Elementary located in Swan Lake. You can visit this school’s website at www.pmes.prairiespirit.mb.ca.
The Somerset Library houses a collection of over 9,000 materials in both English and French for all ages. The library is also a Community Connections site, providing public computer services and high-speed internet access.
Somerset Memorial Rose Garden
The Somerset Memorial Rose Garden developed in 2006 is situated beside the Somerset Manor and Hwy 242 at the entrance to the Village of Somerset. Visitors are most welcome. In order to purchase a rose for a loved one you may contact Margaret at 744-2299 or Linda at 744-2171. Presently there are 330 roses in the garden. www.somerset.ca/node/180
Somerset Farmer’s Market
The Somerset Farmer’s Market takes place at the main crossroad of town, 3rd Street and Carlton Avenue., each Wednesday evening from July through September. The Market features bountiful produce, cut flowers and handicrafts.
Trans Canada Trail
The Village of Somerset is also part of the Trans Canada Trail, with the main street of town directly on the Trail.
Within a 20 minute drive from Somerset you will find:
Manitou Golf Course, La Riviere Golf Course, Treherne Golf Course, Miami Golf Course, Manitou Swimming Pool, Treherne Swimming Pool, Pilot Mound Swimming Pool, Holiday Mountain Ski Resort, and much more