Rural Municipality of Headingley

Headingley (sometimes spelled Headingly) is a rural municipality in Manitoba, Canada. It is located directly west of Winnipeg and had a population of 3,579 people at the 2016 census.

Rural Municipality of Headingley
Rural Municipality of Headingley
Coordinates: 49°52′05″N 97°23′27″W
Country Canada
Province Manitoba
RegionWinnipeg Capital Region
First settled1880
  MayorJohn Mauseth
  MLAShannon Martin
  MPMarty Morantz
  Total107.27 km2 (41.42 sq mi)
238 m (781 ft)
  Density33.4/km2 (87/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
  Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Forward sortation area
R4H and R4J
Area codes204, 431

The Trans-Canada Highway and the Assiniboine River run through the municipality. The unincorporated community of Headingley is situated within the municipality along Provincial Road 334 near the Trans-Canada Highway.

The municipality takes its name from the suburb of Headingley in the City of Leeds in West Yorkshire, England.


In November 1904 telegraph service was extended to Headingley, but were still missing modern conveniences of a streetcar and voice telephone service.[1]

In the early part of the 20th century, an interurban train, Route 29, operated by the Suburban Rapid Transit Company, Manitoba served the Headingley area, but this line was discontinued in the 1930s.

The Headingley Correctional Institution, a provincial jail, holds 549 inmates. It was built in the early 1930s.

After the interurban cars stopped service, a diesel bus service was implemented. In the route numbering of Winnipeg Transit routes since June 1984, route 81 Headingley was the bus that serviced the area.

In 2013 the Manitoba government decided to divide a 1.7 kilometre section of the Trans-Canada highway that runs thru Headingley because it was notorious for vehicle accidents.[2]

Secession from Winnipeg

Initial discussions about Headingley seceding from Winnipeg started in March 1987.[3] From January 1, 1972 until December 31, 1992, the Municipality was part of the City of Winnipeg. A Referendum was held on November 14, 1991 asking Headingley residents if they wanted to break away from the City of Winnipeg.[4] It seceded from the larger city in 1993 after extensive complaints that the local needs of the mostly rural community were not being met as part of a large urban city. They were not receiving water, sewage, access roads. Headingley residents wanted the City and Province to spend $4 million on extending water services to the community.[5] As a result of the breakup, it is the only municipality besides Winnipeg in Statistics Canada's Manitoba Census Division No. 11.

Local businesses

Local businesses located in Headingley include T&T Seeds, Shelmerdine's Nurseries, Flying J, The Gates on Roblin, and Taillieu Construction.

Community Centres

Headingley has two community centres. The older Phoenix Community Centre, and the newer $1.8 million Headingley Community Centre (5353 Portage Ave.).[6]


  • Peterson, Murray and Taillieu, Georgia, Headingley pioneers, past and present: a historic look at life in Headingley, Manitoba. Headingley Historical Society. 2003 ISBN 9780973338409
  1. "Headingly is ambitious". Winnipeg Free Press. November 3, 1904. p. 2.
  2. "Trans-Canada Highway being divided in Headingley". CBC News Manitoba. August 27, 2013. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  3. Flood, Gerald (March 13, 1987). "Tax spurs residents' secession warning". Winnipeg Free Press. p. 6.
  4. "Public Notice of Headingley Referendum". Winnipeg Free Press. November 2, 1991. p. 17.
  5. Bilinkoff, Arlene (September 17, 1991). "Headingley independence dicey issue for politicians". Winnipeg Free Press. p. 8.
  6. "Community Centre". Retrieved 2019-11-28.
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