6 strange and remarkable facts about Flin Flon

From NHL stars to Canada’s largest legal grow-op, there’s lots happening in this small Manitoba town

Flin Flon, seen prior to the shutdown of the community's copper smelter. (Photo via Shutterstock)

1. Flin Flon, Man., is named after a science fiction character, Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin, from the 1905 book The Sunless City. The mining prospectors who discovered large mineral deposits near the future site of the town found a copy of the book nearby.

2. At least 17 NHL players have come out of the town of 5,500, including Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke and Ken Baumgartner.

3. In the last decade, Flin Flon was home to Canada’s largest legal grow-op. Known as the “ganja mine” because it grew pot in an underground mine, it supplied Health Canada’s medical-marijuana needs.

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4. In the 1950s, Flin Flon flirted with independence from Manitoba. The Flin Flon Chamber of Commerce very briefly considered a proposal to carve out a large chunk of northern Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta to form a new province, to be called Pre-Cambria.

5. In 1943, hundreds of servicemen from Flin Flon were invited to descend on Nelson’s Column in London’s Trafalgar Square for a raucous reunion that lasted from morning to midnight, drinking at least one bar dry. As a dispatch from London noted: “The manager had never seen Flin Floners in action before and his voice was full of wonder and regret when he had to inform them the well had run dry.”

6. Flin Flon native Dr. Frank Gunston is credited with developing the world’s first total-replacement artificial knee in the late 1960s.


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6 strange and remarkable facts about Flin Flon

  1. Pre-Cambria? LOL

  2. A few of the stories just cannot be told.

  3. hard to believe anything good about that shithole!!

    • well james your just another nugget that came from that shithole….

  4. It also sits on the border between Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Which unfortunately results in day light savings time being acknowledged in one half of the town, and not the other. So at particular times of the year, the time is different in one half of the town than the other half. Strange birds those Flin Flonians.

    • Not true the whole town stays the same time sk and mb

      • It is also Canada’s “other” bordertown, contrary to Lyodminster’s false claim of being Canada’s “only” bordertown.

        • Lloydminster is a Canadian city which has the unusual geographic distinction of straddling the provincial border between Alberta and Saskatchewan.[7] Unlike most such cases Lloydminster is not a pair of twin cities on opposite sides of a border which merely share the same name, but is actually incorporated by both provinces as a single city with a single municipal administration.
          so Flin Flon is legally incorporated into one town, just like Lloydminster? cool! I didn’t know it had one town hall, one set of bylaws for both sides, one hospital and one police department……..and obviously property and provincial taxes are the same on both sides of Flin Flon too, just like Lloyd! (you might want to let Wikipedia know……….)

  5. I’ve never seen it written but I’m sure that Flin Flon was the smallest town to ever win the Memorial Cup with their victory over Ottawa-Hull Canadiens in 1957. And that was with eight home grown players on their team.

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