Dauphin is a good-sized town next to a lake. It's in the same "riding" as Swan River, and on the Vermilion River. The dam pictured here appears to be an earthen one, a kind of berm or levee. It's on the way to Winnipeg, so it may have been a stop-off on the return trip to college.
"The nearby lake was given the name "Dauphin" by the explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye in 1741 in honour of the heir to the French throne. [This explorer is thought to be the first European to sight the Rockies, which he called "the Shining Mountains.] Settlers began arriving in the area in 1883 and two early settlements, Gartmore and "Old Dauphin" were established."
"Incorporated as a village in 1898 and as a town in 1901, Dauphin became an important centre for the transportation of grain. Farming still plays a central role in the economy of the area, but its role has been greatly reduced." Fishing is popular. Riding Mountain park is nearby.