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is the largest community in the Rural Municipality of Cartier in the Canadian province of Manitoba
Manitoba is a Canadian prairie province with an area of . The province has over 110,000 lakes and has a largely continental climate because of its flat topography. Agriculture, mostly concentrated in the fertile southern and western parts of the province, is vital to the province's economy; other...
. The town of approximately 550 people is located approximately 30 km (18.6 mi) west of Winnipeg
Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of Manitoba, Canada, and is the primary municipality of the Winnipeg Capital Region, with more than half of Manitoba's population. It is located near the longitudinal centre of North America, at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers .The name...
along the Trans-Canada Highway
The Trans-Canada Highway is a federal-provincial highway system that joins the ten provinces of Canada. It is, along with the Trans-Siberian Highway and Australia's Highway 1, one of the world's longest national highways, with the main route spanning 8,030 km...
. The Assiniboine River
The Assiniboine River is a river that runs through the prairies of Western Canada in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. It is a tributary of the Red River. The Assiniboine is a typical meandering river with a single main channel embanked within a flat, shallow valley in some places and a steep valley in...
forms the northern boundary of the municipality of Cartier. Other significant communities around Elie include St. Eustache, Dacotah and Springstein.
The primary industry of Elie is agriculture.
The June 22, 2007 tornado
The town was hit by an F5 tornado
The Elie, Manitoba Tornado was an F5 tornado that struck the town of Elie, Manitoba, Canada, on June 22, 2007. While several houses were leveled, no one was injured or killed by the tornado. Two well-built homes in the town were swept clean off of their foundations, justifying the F5...
, the most powerful ever recorded in Canada, which damaged a flour mill and destroyed several houses, but only caused one injury and no deaths.