Built to mark the new millennium through the expression of a variety of themes: art, science, and heritage, the Pinawa Heritage Sundial is located in the heart of Pinawa near the marina in a small park in a restful spot overlooking the Winnipeg River and gives visitors an opportunity to discover a new interpretation of heritage in this area.
A community project supported by the LGD, the Pinawa Heritage Sundial’s importance extends beyond the borders of the Town of Pinawa. It brings together form and function and creates a meeting place where trails, roads, and waterways converge in the region.
The Pinawa Heritage Sundial is a horizontal dial stretching 10 metres square, with a gnomon 5 metres high, and is designed specifically for the latitude and longitude of the site, incorporating 12 heritage icons depicting the Eastman region, themes of the First Peoples, La Vérendrye, the fur trade, the development of hydroelectric power, industry, research, as well as others. The structure teaches visitors how one of the world’s oldest timepieces is used to tell time.