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Vintage Photos: Now and Then

The 2020 photograph of this location shows the currently unoccupied site, until recently the home of a local car dealership. The Leader Block, a Heritage Certificate Site, remains visible in the background. Hover your cursor over the image to see what was once there.

Anyone passing the corner of Villard (Main St.) and Walnut (2nd Ave. SE) between 1928 and 1958 would have viewed this massive rink on the east side of the street. Rinks have long been a central feature of winter sports in Carman. The first Carman rink was built in 1898 on Fournier St. (1st. St SW) near present location of Toews Printing (The History of the R.M. of Dufferin in Manitoba 1880-1980, p.278). The second rink, shown in this photo, was the local focal point for hockey, skating and curling from 1928 to 1958 when the roof crumbled under the weight of snow.