Known as the "Gateway to the North," The Pas is a multi-industry northern Manitoba town serving a district population of over 15 000. The main components of the region's diversified economy are agriculture, forestry, commercial fishing, tourism, transportation, and services (especially health and education).
The first European to travel through the area was Henry Kelsey, an employee of the Hudson's Bay Company who travelled through the area on his way to the Canadian prairies sometime between 1690 - 1692. The Town of The Pas was incorporated in 1912.
The area today is composed of three distinct communities: The Town of The Pas, the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, and the Rural Municipality of Kelsey.