Our Facility & History

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Our New Facility

Fraserwood Hall is a state of the art facility, boasting a modern geothermal heating and cooling system that will ensure the utmost comfort of guests. It is a spacious, 9,600 square feet facility built on 7 acres, with easy wheelchair accessibility, conveniently located  in the town of Fraserwood on PTH 231.

The town of Fraserwood is accessible from Highways 7, 8 and 9, and  is centrally located between Teulon, Gimli and Arborg, approximately 1 hour from Winnipeg’s north perimeter, and only 10 minutes west of Gimli.

Upon Arrival

Guests will enter through  doors from the large parking lot and may immediately check their coats and relax on the sofas in the spacious foyer. Two large washrooms, as well as a smaller wheelchair accessible washroom and a meeting room, are all located off the foyer area.

The main hall, which can seat over 450 guests, is entered through a set of glass doors. An expandable stage, overlooking a beautiful hardwood dance floor,  is located on the south side of this room. The stage, which measures  13’x 29′, plus an additional 8 foot with a specially built extension, is large enough for a theatre production or  musical band.

Inside the main room, guests will find a canteen and wet bar facilities, along with a government inspected commercial kitchen equipped with a 10 element+ range, dishwasher, walk in cooler and a large stand up cooler. The main hall is also equipped with a defibrillator, should the need arise.

Both long and round tables are available for use, depending on the type of function being hosted.

Fraserwood Hall staff can cater your event, or you may supply your own catering service for your function.

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Our History

Fraserwood (formerly named Kreuzburg) was settled in the early 1900s by Ukrainian, Polish and German farmers. Its first hall was built in 1921. Well used throughout the decades, it eventually succumbed to the effects of time. The new hall now stands proudly beside its predecessor.

Planning for the current hall began in 1993. It took 10 years for the initial money to be raised–through bingos, socials, private donations, government grants and, most importantly, through sales of perogies.

“This project signifies a lot of hard work by the community,” said Peter Capar Jr., hall member and chair person of the hall building committee, “Our Babas have sold millions of perogies,” he told a reporter for one of the local newspapers in 2003.

“We’ve raised three-quarters of the construction cost and fundraising will continue during the winter.”

At the time the fund raising and building process took place, Fraserwood had fewer than 300 telephone listings in the phone book. For a town of its size, such large scale fund raising was quite an achievement.

“It shows what smaller communities can do. When people work together and cooperate, something like this is not a chore,” Capar said.

A sod turning event for the new $1-million-plus Fraserwood Hall took place that year on August 17. Everyone came out for the event.

The new Fraserwood Hall was completed the following year.

While it is better known as the Fraserwood Hall, the facility retains its original legal name, The Ukrainian National Peoples’ Home of Taras Shevchenko.

The former hall was initially a reading association meeting place where immigrants gathered to read newspapers and books, including the poetry of Taras Shevchenko.

During the 1920s, the association evolved into a community hall. Seven additions had been built onto the main building over the decades to accommodate larger gatherings.

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The old Fraserwood Hall was still in use up until 2004, when the current hall replaced it. It used to stand adjacent to the new hall on the 7 acre parcel of land on PTH 231. Unfortunately, the building was beyond repair. It has been torn down to make way for additional parking.

1 Comment

  1. Ted Stasiuk

    attended dances there 50 years ago…..Ted Stasiuk

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