The Bowsman Biffy Burning

The burning outhouse in our Club logo is in commemoration of Bowsman's claim to fame, the Biffy Burning. This happened on New Year's Eve as part of the celebration for Canada's Centennial Year, which was in 1967. The townspeople of Bowsman, Manitoba burned their outhouses to celebrate the arrival of sewer service to the town. Apparently Bowsman's postal code was changed to R0L 0H0 which stands for "Roll Our Loyal Out Houses Over" in honour of this event. More photos and information about this historic event can be found in our Facebook photo album called "The Bowsman Biffy Burning".


Most of the information about this event was found in the photos and newspaper clippings from the collection of local resident Murray Parsons and the Bowsman Town Office.  

One of the newspaper scans from the Murray Parsons collection with future Bowsman Lion Cliff Cook in the photo.


Northroots magazine ( ) did an article on the Biffy Burning in their December 2014/January 2015 issue. The PDF of that article is available here and used with permission from Northroots. This file is 8 MB in size:

Biffy Burn - Northroots.pdf


CBC's Front Page Challenge from 1967 - MP3

Murray Parsons had recorded this interview off his TV when it aired in 1967 with a reel-to-reel recorder. Our Club had it recorded and converted into digital format by RJ McGregor at Freedom Sound Recording in Swan River (

This MP3 file plays for 13 minutes and 14 seconds and is 12 MB in size:

Bowsman Biffy Burning - Front Page Challenge 1967.mp3



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