A band of Cree-Salteaux natives under Chief Ouk-an-nay-sic hunted buffalo near "Naowawgunwodju" - the Hill of the Buffalo Chase, fished in the waters of the surrounding lakes and roamed the area south to the bend in the "Saskawjewum river".
Some Historic Points of Interest
- Strathclair Municipal Hall – Was built in 1906, by renowned architects S.F. Peters and W.A Peters, Winnipeg. There have been renovations to the original building , however, the brick exterior and hardwood dance floor still reflect the old style charm. The hall continues to be used regularly for community functions. War Memorial -- Is located on the Municipal Hall grounds at 120 Minnedosa Street, Strathclair.
- McMurachy Wheat Cairn – Recognizing Malcolm J.S. McMurachy, a pioneer responsible for the development of "McMurachy Wheat", a rust resistant strain bred into succeeding rust resistant varieties.
- The Bend Theatre – Completed in 1947, constructed of fine woods from the Kippen Mill, by entrepreneurs Alex Kippen and Paddy Trim. The Bend Theatre served the viewing public with motion pictures from July 1947 to 1980. Since 1983, the Strathclair Drama Club presents an annual full-length live musical production and the Strathclair Theatre Committee organize a concert season with guest performers gracing the stage at "The Bend".
- Strathclair Museum – the CP Rail Station has been re-located and preserved here in Strathclair to house a myriad of antiques, artefacts and local colour! Also on the site is the St. George(Hepworth) Anglican Church and a replica building of the old blacksmith shop.
- At the Bend – North of the Bend Cemetery is the original site of the Strathclair community with settlement beginning in the 1870's. Still remaining at the site, of significance to budding historians, are the old millstone and an old thick walled building used to store ice in the times past.
- Settlement Trails – Early trading and settlement Trails cross the municipality. Working its way in a general east west direction we have the Carlton or Ellice Trail. The trail crosses near the southern boundary of our municipality where sections of this historic landmark are still visible. This Trail proceeded on to Fort Ellice and ultimately to Fort Edmonton. Another east west Trail crosses through the centre section of the municipality and veered north along our wet boundary to Fort Pelly. With a general following of the Little Saskatchewan River the Audy or Strathclair/Dauphin Colonization Trail extends south-north to Lake Audy and beyond eventually reaching Dauphin.
- Miniature Replica of Ukrainian Home – At the turn of the century immigration to the Menzie area included a number of settlers from the Ukraine. As a salute to, and a preservation of the culture, there stands at Menzie a replica of a Ukrainian home complete with whitewashed clay walls and a thatched roof. A woven fence constructed of willows completes the setting. Each year, many visitors stop and add their name to the guest book as they enjoy the old world charm associated with this spot!
- Hudson Bay Steam Boiler – When the Hudson Bay Co decided to build the flour mill, the big steam boiler used to power the mill was shipped to Fort Churchill and from there by river barge along the inland waterways to Fort Ellice. It was then dragged overland to its destination at Elphinstone. Both freighters and settlers helped in this arduous task. The old steam boiler is still situated on the Hudson Bay property in Elphinstone.
- Salt Lake – In early yeas Premier Norquay, D.L. Harrison Agriculture Minister and one Dr. Pennyfather had plans to build a health spa on Salt Lake. The waters were considered medicinal and while the untimely death of Premier Norquay also brought an end to this project, there are many who have found the waters to be soothing to certain ailments. Also in the region of Salt Lake are mounds containing evidence of very early travellers who probably camped t the lake for periods of time during their nomadic life.
- Local Historic Research – there are a number of churches, cemeteries and cairns marking past history in the area. For many folks these may provide interesting material and further enjoyment of prairie heritage.