Oak Lake, Manitoba is a town in the south-western "Westman region" of Manitoba, Canada. It is located 52 km (32 mi) west of Brandon along the Trans-Canada Highway.The town is enclaved within the northern part of the Rural Municipality of Sifton, while the lake after which it was named is in the R.M.'s western area.During the late 19th century, the area around Oak Lake was a popular stopping point for fur traders and settlers due to the large number of big oak trees (revered for their strength) located around the lake that could be used to repair their wagons.In the fall of 1881, work crews on the transcontinental Canadian Pacific Railway had reached Flat Creek to the east of the current townsite. In the spring they moved the camp west and built a siding and station (now long gone) where the town's flags and flower garden are now located.The area around Oak Lake is dominated by the Assiniboine river, the nearby lake by the same name, areas of flat farm land, and to the north, large, rolling hills left by receding glaciers. Oak Lake's location in the middle of the Canadian prairies means that Oak Lake experiences an extreme continental climate. The area is known for its long, cold winters owing to its northerly location. There is often much snowfall during the winter, with the possibility for blizzards that can drop in excess of 35 cm (~14 inches) of snow at once, which can be blown into drifts that are much deeper. The town can be cut off for a day or more while snow is cleared from the highways.
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