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Bordered on the east by the Pembina Hills, on the north and west by the Tiger Hills, and on the south by the Pembina Valley, the Rural Municipality of Lorne is a picturesque region of gentle, rolling hills, and a patchwork of some of the most fertile fields in Manitoba. The Pembina River drains into a series of lakes in Lorne, including the popular Lake Seven near the hamlet of Swan Lake. The very progressive Swan Lake First Nation also lies completely within the boundaries of the RM of Lorne.
The first settlers came to the RM of Lorne in 1878, attracted by the abundance of the farmlands and wildlife in the area. Lorne is still a vibrant agricultural region. There are many varieties of livestock, including dairy, beef and hogs, as well as PMU farms. It is a major center for growing cereal grains, such as wheat, barley and buckwheat, and oil seed crops, such as canola, flax and sunflowers. Potatoes are also an important crop.
Recently, hemp has joined the traditional crops being grown in Lorne. A few organic farms are also operating in Lorne. In 2005, Manitoba's first wind farm was developed in the RM of Lorne. Expansion of the existing wind farm, as well as development of other wind farms has begun here and across Manitoba. Lorne is proud to be the Wind Capital of Manitoba, and home to such an innovative technological venture. In addition to wind energy, Lorne is also home to a variety of industry, including parts and equipment manufacturing, concrete plants, gravel quarries, printing and graphics companies, cabinet manufacturing and much more.
The RM of Lorne has a special affinity to the arts. There are many artists, crafters, authors and musicians in Lorne. Paul Kane, the famous artist, mentions the swans on the lake in his 1858 works. His son, also named Paul, was married at St. Leon in 1885. The author Gabrielle Roy lived and taught here, and included Lorne in many of her famous novels, most notably The Road Past Altamont
and Children of My Heart
Lorne is also home to a thriving recreational community. The many skating, curling and hockey rinks are in constant use during the winter. Baseball and Belgian Bowling are popular in the spring and summer. Eight Friendship Centres and seven Community Halls are host to a wide variety of activities throughout the whole year. Over ten churches serve Lorne's mosaic of nationalities and religions.