Manitoba’s iconic wedding venue, the Hitch ‘n Post, closes after 37 years
WINNIPEG – A popular Manitoba wedding attraction is closing its doors after decades of activity and countless events.
A 15-minute drive north of Winnipeg on Highway 6, the Hitch’n Post Ranch has been hosting events since 1984.
After years of good times, Kyle Anderson, the son of the original owners, is shutting down.
“It wasn’t an easy decision, obviously. We’ve been on this for a while. We wanted to go out and be honest with people because that’s what we’ve always been,” said Anderson.
Stopped for a year and a half, the COVID-19 pandemic and health restrictions have finally taken their toll.
“Up to 35 years old it was great, then unfortunately the pandemic hit. The lockdowns and restrictions hit our industry one of the hardest,” Anderson said. “We don’t have the help that most people get. We’ve been neglected and after 17 months of inactivity. We just can’t go on.”
Anderson said he and his wife Louise advocated for the province to allow participation in safe events, but nothing came of it.
“There comes a time when you have to make a decision that is right for you and we have to put ourselves first at this point,” said Louise.
The couple made the closing announcement in a moving Facebook live on Thursday night.
Louise and Kyle Anderson both said they are very grateful for the support they are receiving.
“There has been such support and so many people want to open GoFundMe pages, and I just want to say thank you to everyone who offers this. We have no words,” said Louise.
Among those reflecting on the good times at the ranch is Amanda Edmonds, who married there in August 2007.
“I thought about it a lot,” she said. “When I saw the video I had tears and, yes, I am so sorry.”
A photo of Amanda Edmonds and her husband from their wedding at Hitch ‘n Post Ranch in 2007. (source: Amanda Edmonds)
Edmonds said it was the perfect wedding venue and hoped to show the venue to his children soon.
“It was pretty. There were old cars, old buildings, the fence, beautiful scenery. It really was the perfect place,” said Edmonds. “I am really sad and disappointed that they have to close. “
As for the Andersons, they said they would end the last half of the wedding season with the best possible events.
“We have brought nearly half a million people to this yard from all over the world, from all walks of life. Everyone has a history and a memory of this place and I just hope you will keep those memories in your heart and smile. ” Kyle said.
The couple said they would now focus on new businesses and interests while continuing to champion the wedding industry.
The current ranch will remain empty for the time being as it remains in the family.