CAT TRAIN TOURS
Lynn Lake, Manitoba
Ph. / Fax: (204) 356-8845
CAT TRAINS FOREVER OR
UNTIL THE SNOW MELTS
Cat Train Tours invites you to travel into the past on an incredible winter adventure demonstrating a mode of transportation that is now obsolete!
Cat Trains serviced the North from the mid 1920's to the mid 1970's until they were replaced with the modern equipment of today. Our goal is to demonstrate the incredible endurance of the Cat Train Skinners, our Northern Pioneers, show you the history of the area, the beautiful scenery and natural wildlife in a remote winter environment. We invite you to share in our enjoyment of the winter in Northern Manitoba at "the end of the Road".
WE OFFER OUR GUESTS:
- Tour of Laurie River Dam
- Snow shoeing
- Friendly staff
- Natural wildlife
- Northern Lights
- “Hands On” experience with the equipment
- Clean fresh air
- Cross country skiing
- Full bathroom facilities
- Cat Train hearty meals
- Clean Caboose accommodations
- Videos and photographs of the past and present
- Winter outdoor bonfire (Marshmallows & Hot dogs)
A LITTLE HISTORY
The mining town of Sherridon, Manitoba was moved by Cat Train to the new mining Town of Lynn Lake, Manitoba built for Sherritt Gordon Mines in the 1950's.
These cat trains also known as cat swings moved approximately 50,000 tons of supplies as well as complete buildings 180 miles across frozen terrain in a remote wilderness area. This was done over a 3 year period of time hauling over 90 days per year of the winter months depending on weather conditions.
TOUR OF THE LAURIE RIVER DAM SITE (Pending Approval)
Built 50 years ago, the materials for this building were cat trained in during the winter in preparation of the summer building. Our tour includes a tour of this beautiful remote hydro dam as well as an entertaining evening with the personnel of Laurie River, MB where you can share a relaxing meal, good conversation and recreational activities.
FAMOUS BLACK CAT (picture of "Famous Black Cat" hauling 2 flatbed sleighs)
Lead cat "The Famous Black Cat", has opened many trails over the
years. Still used to break the trail, clear snow and remove fallen trees as we
go touring, the Famous Black Cat will haul the welding sleigh and the propane
powered / heated caboose. The Trail Breaking or Natural Caboose contains
sleeping quarters along with an eating area and no indoor bathroom facilities.
Originally built and designed by a Cat Skinner who resided in Lynn Lake, MB, the
Trail Breaking Caboose was restored by Joey Barnes in 1999. This caboose
has been part of cat train expeditions for approximately 30 years.
LINN TRACTOR (Picture of Linn Tractor hauling Trail Breaking / Natural Caboose)
The Linn Tractors were used to move the town of Sherridon, Manitoba to Lynn Lake, Manitoba in the1950's. Only 2500 Linn tractors were created between 1920 -1949 in Morris, New York. The Linn Tractor will pull 2 flat bed sleighs and 2 cabooses. The flat bed sleighs will haul barrels or possibly some supplies to demonstrate the cat train effect. The Linn Tractor will pull the kitchen caboose where the Cat Train hearty meals will be cooked and served. There is also a seating area with a large window for guests to relax while watching the scenic trails or meeting new people over a nice cup of hot chocolate. Behind the kitchen caboose will be a separate caboose named the water caboose, which means we have a flushing toilet and a bathtub for our guests’ convenience.
LINN TRACTOR OR TD 18 International OR Caterpillar D6 9U's (Picture of TD 18 & TD 6 International)
This last machine, will either be the Linn Tractor, TD 18 International or the D6 9U Caterpillars named "Bismark" or "The Hood", will pull 2 flat bed sleighs as well as 2 cabooses. These 2 cabooses will be sleeping quarters for our guests. Each of these cabooses will consist of 2 rooms, separated by a one foot insulated wall, hosting 2 double size bunk beds with propane heaters in each room and separate entrances to each room. Guests can arrange to rent the room for complete privacy at an extra charge and is subject to availability.
Our Staff consists of friendly people, including First Nation Guides, whose main concern is to make your stay memorable and enjoyable! We want to share with you this unique part of history.
We will be serving Clodhoppers Candy! For those of you who are or are not familiar with this treat please visit their website at www.kraves.com They are not kidding when they warn you that this candy is highly addictive!
CAT TRAIN TOURS SOUVENIR STORE
Here are a few examples of some of the items you can find at our online store. So come on in....
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For more information please contact us and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have!
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Lynn Lake, Manitoba
By Phone or Fax: (204) 356-8845