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Reasons To Invest



There are many opportunities and unmet commercial demand with campgrounds and related outdoor activities in Emerson-Franklin. Located close to urban centres and services, we offer the ideal place to set up your equipment rentals, food and beverage services, tour guides, or to support your commercial investment. 

Roseau River Park offers a stark prairie landscape, accompanied by impressive trails and hundreds of fully-serviced campsites that continue to experience high demand. 



Emerson-Franklin is a community of communities, each with their own distinct story and history to share. Whether it’s the stunning heritage buildings, several museums, or original bridge infrastructure, there is always somewhere unique to explore and learn about. Cultural heritage highlights include:

  • Tolstoi Heritage Centre

  • Franklin Museum

  • Senkiw Swinging Bridge

  • Emerson Town Hall & Court House

  • First Railway in Western Canada

  • First Customs House



Discover the largest remaining tract of tall grass prairie reserve, home to hundreds of endangered species of birds, mammals, insects, grasses and wildflowers. 

The Manitoba Tall-Grass Prairie Preserve near Tolstoi extends into the RM of Stuartburn a features the largest intact and contiguous tall-grass prairie in Canada. The area is home to diverse landscapes: wet and dry, marsh and fen, savannah and woodlands, riparian areas and rivers.



Emerson-Franklin is a hidden ‘gem’ for tourism in Manitoba. It is home to the longest water-based trail adventure in Manitoba, with over 50 kilometres of whitewater rapids along the Roseau River, several parks and campgrounds, and a well-preserved set of heritage assets.

With a growing number of public and private campgrounds, well-established festivals, and a unique location to markets in both Winnipeg and the United States, Emerson-Franklin is in a prime position build on its outdoor recreation and tourism sector. 

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Outdoor & Nature-Based Accommodations

• Campground & Resort Development 

• Seasonal Accommodations 

• Wilderness Retreats 

Interpretive Eco-Tourism Facilities

Endangered habitats and environments in the Municipality can be used for research and education 


& Tour Guides

• Crow Wing Trail Development 

• Heritage Walking Tours 

Water-Based Sport

& Recreation

• Equipment Rentals 

• Information Services 

• Seasonal Concessions 

Facility Development

& Event Hosting

• Venue Development 

• Golf course expansion 

• Event Vendors & Entertainment Services

Investment Opportunities

Emerson-Franklin’s economic experts have analyzed and identified the following markets to have unique and favourable opportunities within the municipality’s Outdoor & Recreation Tourism sector: 

Manitoba Farming

Ready to start your next business investment or expansion in Emerson-Franklin? There are Several Resources and Supports Available to Assist Investors and Business.

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Opportunity Zone 

Redirecting a grant of up to 100% of accruing municipal tax to targeted development projects like multi-family housing.

Shared Building Ownership 

The Municipality and investor would create a joint venture to make more equity capital available. 

Municipality of Emerson-Franklin


Several incentives and supports are available and open to discussion with our Staff and Council to assist you in achieving your business objectives. 

Manitoba Tourism and Recreation

Outdoor Recreation

& Tourism

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