Boat Channel Dredging

Boaters will be very pleased to hear that the RM of Portage has dredged the “outer channel” of the breakwater.

This should make access this summer much easier.

Special thanks to Rick Henderson for his assistance in this initiative.

For more information, read: Click here

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2020 DBA Poker Derby Results

Kelly Tomalin congratulates the winner

The first DBA Poker Derby was held on Sunday, January 26th, and had almost 40 participants.

The event sold 111 hands and raised $890.

1st place: Ken Kucharsky, $222.50
2nd place: Mark Gervais, $133.50
3rd place: Casey McQuaig, $89.00

Huge thanks to Kelly Tomalin, whose passion and dedication to this initiative made it happen.

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DBA Poker Derby – January 26th – all are welcome


When:Sunday January 26 2020.

Registration: 10am

Cost: $10 for one hand $20 for 3

Where: Oakland Rink, Oakland

Last hand must be in by 4pm.

Prizes are 25% of entry fees for 1st, 15% for 2nd and 10% for 3rd place.

Food and refreshments are available at the Oakland Rink.

For more information call Kelly at 204 903 5272

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Construction starts

The RM notified us today: “ Work starts today to build the pond south of the channel to offset the breakwater structure as per the Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s requirements.

Please be mindful of construction equipment and workers in the area.“

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We mourn the loss of one of our longtime citizens : Clarice Brown

Clarice Brown

On Monday morning, Delta lost one of its longest citizens, Clarice Brown(Linden). At 92 years of age, Clarice was a fixture of Delta since her youth. Many of you will remember Clarice taking her frequent walks, complete with stylish sunglasses, often accompanied by her trusty sidekick “Scotty”.

Delta was a very important part of Clarice’s life. She spent her summers at Delta – ever since her childhood. She could often be seen hanging out at the East Beach, with her brothers Bill and Mervyn Linden. Later in life she married Don Brown. Together they had  three children – Allen, Rhoda and Sandra – All part of the Delta community in their own right. They made the cottage at 36 East (old address) a fixture in many lives on the East Beach.

Clarice was a lifelong teacher – both as a professional and a role model. Some may know of her days at the one room school house at High Bluff, or may have even had her as a elementary school teacher at Victoria school. As a role model Clarice did many things to help all of us at Delta. She was an active member of the DBA Executive. She contributed thoughts and memories to the research for Delta Marsh book. She kept a watchful eye on all things.

But most of all, she truly loved Delta and its people.  When she retired from teaching, after a career spanning over 40 years, she was able to become a full-time summer resident at Delta. Clarice arrived as soon as the snow cleared(and sometimes earlier) and stayed until the cold winds of late fall. She was never far away from her beloved Delta, as she lived in Portage.

With 92 years to her credit, she was an important part of the Delta fabric. Clarice, we will miss you.

For those interested, her funeral will be held at 11:00 am this coming Monday, November 25, 2019 at Trinity United Church.

Clairces obituary can be found by clicking here

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Delta Update – Power Restored

Manitoba Hydro was able to restore power to Delta Beach at 9:40pm today.

Special thanks to all the folks over at Manitoba Hydro who worked around the clock to get power back.

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Update on current situation from the RM

The RM shared the update below with the DBA:

Update from RM of Portage la Prairie October 14 3:00 PM

Emergency Situation

The RM has made the response to power outage and storm clean up their major priority. There is no need for the municipality to access private property or resources so a local state of emergency is not being declared at this time. The RM is reaching out to the Province to see if disaster financial assistance will be made available for this event. In the meantime, please track your costs and consult with your insurance company.


The RM has been working closely with Hydro for access to their infrastructure. The schedule to regain power will vary throughout the municipality as substations are first addressed and then moving outward with pole replacements and resets thereafter in each of the zones. The RM will be receiving a map of the zones to help understand the rollout and this will be shared with the public. We have been advised there over 3000 poles down or damaged.  Each wooden pole takes a minimum of 1 hour to replace.  Lots of areas are extremely difficult for hydro to reach because of wet conditions meaning this is not a quick fix and some areas will take a longer time to re-establish.  

If your hydro service mast has been damaged or your electrical service to your home please have it inspected by a qualified electrician and have it repaired in preparation for your hydro service to be restored.


We will share any helpful information as soon as we can on our media and website. Please check our notices on facebook or sign up for the RM APP to receive notices. Also stay tuned to the City’s information on their status of power and services available.


Our public works have confirmed all roads are accessible except Road 65 entrance to Roquette. Please drive with caution around any power lines you see hanging low or on the ground. Please stay clear from any hydro vehicles and contracted workers so they can focus on their work to restore power.


Stride Place is open from 5:35AM to 10:00PM daily to allow people to get coffee, recharge phones and use their showers.


See earlier posts (  on hotel listings in and around the area. 

Regional Landfill

Landfill hours are Tuesday 10 to 6

Contact us by Service tracker ( for any specific requests for the RM to address.

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Long term power outage tips

With Delta residents facing continued power outages, here are some tips from the folks at FEMA/US government:

Survive DURING

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary. Monitor temperatures with a thermometer.
  • Maintain food supplies that do not require refrigeration.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators, camp stoves, or charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home.
  • Check on your neighbors. Older adults and young children are especially vulnerable to extreme temperatures.
  • Go to a community location with power if heat or cold is extreme.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can cause damage.


  • When in doubt, throw it out! Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees or higher for two hours or more, or that has an unusual odor, color, or texture.
  • If the power is out for more than a day, discard any medication that should be refrigerated, unless the drug’s label says otherwise. If a life depends on the refrigerated drugs, consult a doctor or pharmacist and use medicine only until a new supply is available.
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Storm Update #2

As many of you aren’t at Delta right now, you are probably aware the Premier has declared a State of Emergency. This is, however, primarily due to issues around damage from ice and snow – especially to Power. Central Manitoba from Delta to the US border has been hit particularly hard.

Power is still out at Delta, so the weather station is down as well.

Daryl Check provides the following update:

Power out at Delta for two days now, as you may know.  Power lines down for miles around. Going to be a while before power is restored at the lake. It is a disaster area South by 227.

No snow on the ground at the lake, but a lot in PLAP.

In town for a bit to get a wifi connection. unable to post updates to the Delta Beach FB page from home.

Cell signal at the lake is intermittent, but I can get some texts and messenger messages.

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Storm update

Sustained winds out of the north at 60 kmh peaking at 90 kmh have moved water to shoreline.

Westbourne currently reading lake level at 813.7 feet – likely due to wind tide.

Photo provided by Don Clarkson

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