Pine to Prairie Relic Run

Pine to Prairie Relic Run

3-5 JULY 2023

Over a period of three days, five antique cars, all built before 1932, will travel 545 kilometres from the Ontario border (“Pine”) to the Saskatchewan border (“Prairie”). Their route will be the original Trans-Canada Highway as it existed in 1932 when these cars were new.

The lead car will be a 1923 Ford Model T that is marking its 100th birthday this year, in fine running order, with a maximum speed of 72 kph (45 mph).

Funds raised in this historic drive across Manitoba will be used to build a roof over the Tree Planting Car acquired by the Manitoba Agricultural Museum in 2022. Online donations to the Pine to Prairie Relic Run are processed, and tax receipts will be issued, by Canada Helps. We will also be accepting donations—via cash, cheques, and major credit cards—along the route.

One lucky donor, chosen at random, will receive a framed, original 1926 Manitoba road map.

People, organizations, and companies interested in sponsoring the Pine to Prairie Relic Run, or individual cars in it, should contact Gordon Goldsborough at or 204-782-8829.

The Cars

Spec \ Car1923
Ford Model T
Ford Model A
Ford Model A
Ford Model A
Ford Model A
Depot Hack
Engine4 cylinder
177 cu in
4 cylinder
201 cu in
4 cylinder
201 cu in
4 cylinder
201 cu in
4 cylinder
201 cu in
2 gears
3 gears
3 gears
3 gears
3 gears

The Route

The Itinerary

DAY ONE: Monday, 3 July 2023kmApprox.
Start at 1932 Trans-Canada Highway monument09:00
West Hawk Lake – stop at West Hawk Museum69:45
Whitemouth – stop at Whitemouth Museum7211:45
Beausejour – stop at Brokenhead-Beausejour Pioneer Village Museum11813:30
Lockport – stop at Skinner’s Highway 4415014:45
Winnipeg – stop at Manitoba Legislative Building17716:00
DAY TWO: Tuesday, 4 July 2023
Headingley – start at Jim’s Vintage Garages1969:00
St. Francois Xavier2079:45
Poplar Point24510:45
Portage la Prairie – stop at Fort la Reine Museum27311:30
Austin – stop at Manitoba Agricultural Museum32113:00
Carberry – stop at Carberry Plains Museum35715:00
Brandon – stop at Brandon General Museum and Archives40616:45
DAY THREE: Wednesday, 5 July 2023
Brandon – start at Daly House Museum4069:00
Oak Lake – stop at Oak Lake and District Museum46211:00
Virden – stop at Virden Pioneer Home Museum49012:00
Elkhorn – stop at Manitoba Antique Automobile Museum52614:00
End at Saskatchewan border54515:30

The Questions

How fast will the cars travel?
The maximum speed of the older cars is about 45 miles per hour (mph). Given their advanced age, we won’t press them but will try to maintain a speed of about 25-30 mph. A modern car could make the drive in less than one day; we will take three days.

Who are the drivers?
The drivers are the owners of their respective vehicles. One of the drivers is 93 years old, the same age as his car.

What kind of fuel do the cars burn?
Most of the cars will be using gasoline. However, one car may be running on denatured ethanol produced from Manitoba-grown grain.

What is the Tree Planting Car?
In 1920, the Tree Planting Car (TPC) started cris-crossing the Canadian prairies, educating children and adults on the virtues of planting trees. It was a classroom on wheels. The final year of operation was 1973 when the Canadian Pacific Railway donated the TPC to the Manitoba Forestry Association (MFA). By that time, it had travelled over 263,000 miles and had been visited by over 1.5 million people. In November 2022, the MFA moved the TPC from the Sandilands to the Manitoba Agricultural Museum.

Is the original Trans-Canada Highway driveable?
Portions of the original route have disappeared through the years. We will have to make minor detours here and there but we are confident that we will be able to cover most of the way. Some portions will be primitive (i.e., gravel or worse) compared to the modern Trans-Canada.

How can I help?
Several ways! You can spread the word about the Relic Run, referring people to this website ( or our poster available here. You can make an online donation in support of building a roof for the Tree Planting Car. You can sponsor one or more cars ($500 per car) or the entire Relic Run ($1,500) or you can donate at one of our stops along the route. You can buy a book that will be available at our stops and for which a portion of the sale price will be donated to the Manitoba Agricultural Museum:

Exploring the Old Trans-Canada East:
Canada’s Route 66

by Clint Cannon

A Prairie Odyssey: Alan Beaven and the Tree Planting Car, How Tree Planting Transformed the Prairies
by Dianne Beaven

Abandoned Manitoba
by Gordon Goldsborough

How can I donate?
We accept cash, cheques, and major credit cards.

What do I get if I donate?
Everyone who makes a donation to the Relic Run will be entered in a random draw for a framed, original 1926 Manitoba road map.

What if I have a question that you did not answer?
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