Gladstone, Manitoba, Canada is an agricultural community located on the Yellowhead Highway (Hwy #16) in the Central Plains Region of Manitoba, Canada. The community is a popular service stop for travelers because of its strategic highway location.
To the east of Gladstone is the community Portage La Prairie and Lake Manitoba. To the west is the community of Neepawa, Manitoba. Just north of town is the Big Grass Marsh Important Birding Area (IBA) and to the south is the Spruce Woods Provincial Park.
Many travelers when visiting or staying in Gladstone spend some quality photo time with "Happy Rock". The rock is the town mascot located on the main highway and it is often the focus of attention for pictures.
The community has a long history dating back to the 1800s. Because of the long history there are many historical buildings and museums in the community for viewing. Some of the historical buildings include the 1902 Galloway Bros. Store, 1902 Bickle House, 1870s Gladstone Bakery, 1902 Williams Bros., 1896 Bailey Block and the 1901 Gladstone Museum.
Amish-like culture and tradition are sometimes viewed when in the community. The Orthodox Mennonite Community is located west of Gladstone. It is a community which travels by horse drawn buggy and shuns the automobile. It is not uncommon to see the buggies in the community.
Being that the community is located on the Yellowhead Highway and is considered a service stop for many travelers there is a good selection of services available. Some of the services important to travelers located in or near Gladstone include accommodations, campground, gas station, restaurant, sporting store, retail stores, outfitters, guides, grocery stores, bakery, internet, coffee house and banks.
When in Gladstone, Manitoba take the time to visit some of the local and nearby wildlife areas and parks in the region. The parks to consider exploring include the Big Grass Marsh, Williams Park, Spruce Woods Provincial Park and the Riding Mountain National Park.
During the summer months the activities enjoyed in the region include golfing, hunting, fishing, birdwatching, swimming, camping, horseback riding, boating, biking, canoeing and more.
In the winter months people enjoy snowmobiling, ice fishing and cross country skiing. Year round the community provides entertainment value via the festivals and fairs hosted in the community.