St. Leon

The Town of St. Léon is located near Somerset in the Rural Municipality of Lorne. The municipality is located in the gently rolling hills and fertile lands of southwestern Manitoba. It is bordered on the east by the Pembina Hills, by the Tiger Hills on the north and west as well as the Pembina Valley on the south.

St. Léon is a small agrarian community and its church, along with the one in
St. Alphonse, is among the oldest in the entire region. St. Léon also happens to be the headquarters of the oldest Franco-Manitoban co-op in existence.

The region is well known for its oilseed and grain crops. Among the other farm-related activities, there is pork, dairy and poultry farming as well as pregnant mare urine farms.
Moreover, in 2005, the region of St. Léon became the site of a powerful wind farm (99 MW – 41,000 homes), the largest such installation in all of Canada, a project which was a great boost to the local economy.

St. Léon is also famous for the annual salamander migration which takes place there at the end of August, at which time the little creatures cross Main Street by the hundreds during hot, humid summer days.