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The Town of Russell is situated at the junction of Highways 16, 83 and 45, approximately 15 km from the Saskatchewan border and 340 km northwest of Winnipeg. The community is home to approximately 1,700 people with a trading area population of over 14,000.

The Town of Russell boasts strong retail, educational and medical sectors with numerous amenities to offer potential residents, investors or visitors to the area.  The community has vibrant commercial, industrial and retail sectors, as well as quiet, safe and friendly residential neighborhoods.

The Town Mascot, “Arthur the Bull” welcomes visitors to the community from his location at the Travel Information Centre.  Arthur was inspired by the long running Beef and Barley Festival, which is held annually in October to celebrate the region’s strong agricultural tradition.  Grain farming and cattle ranching are extensive in the surrounding areas.

City Information

PO Box 10
178 Main St. North
Russell, Manitoba
R0J 1W0

Phone: 204-773-2253
Fax: 204-773-3370

Population: 1669

Russell’s location, near the scenic Assiniboine Valley ensure accessibility to numerous outdoor recreational opportunities including downhill and cross country skiing, snowmobiling, big game and bird hunting, the Trans Canada Trail, Nature viewing as well as bait and fly fishing.  Economic opportunity and investment surrounding recreation industries have resulted in significant improvements to facilities in our community.

Economic Development
With roots deeply set in agriculture and a location that provides for excellent transportation systems the Russell area has long been a natural for value-added agriculture processing.  We boast an abundance of locally grown resources and the necessary industrial infrastructure to support thriving international companies, such as the Bunge Canada canola crushing and refinery plant that is located at Harrowby, 15 km west of town.

Russell serves as the regional hub for the delivery of retail and service based business.  The beautiful Main Street, with its unique arches and decorative lighting sets the stage for a wonderful shopping experience. 

Nearby potash mining in Saskatchewan makes a significant contribution to the local economy by employing Russell residents and making local purchases of supplies and services. Manitoba’s first Potash mine is proposed for a site just southwest of Russell.

The Municipality of Russell Binscarth, that encompasses the Town and surrounding area are aggressively promoting local economic development initiatives through their community development office

Russell provides excellent educational facilities, including daycare and nursery school, secondary and post secondary facilities. Assiniboine Community College has a regional campus located in the community.

Recreational facilities available to Russell residents and visitors include a new multiplex facility with NHL sized ice surface, fitness centre, walking track and multi use recreational space.  The town also offers a serviced campground, tennis courts, ball fields, curling rink, community halls, and an outdoor swimming pool.  Downhill skiing and snowboarding and one 9 and one 18 hole golf course are within 15 minutes of the community.

Russell is located only 27 km away from Asessippi Provincial Park. The Park is home to Asessippi Ski Area and Resort, a world-class facility and year-round family park as well as the Lake of the Prairies, a 64 km long lake rated as the third best pickerel fishing lake in North America. Russell is also located in the heart of some of the best fly fishing lakes in the world.

Russell provides an excellent environment for raising a family. A quiet friendly town with a low crime rate, combining the beauty of rural life with many of the benefits of urban living. Russell offers all this and more with a relatively low cost of living and high quality of life which includes recreational, educational, medical and cultural facilities. Russell also offers affordable housing, available commercial and residential property; and low business costs.

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