Manitoba is located in the center of Canada, and is widely recognized as Canada’s Gateway to the North.
A culturally and ethnically diverse population of more than 700,000 brings a warm and welcoming spirit of “joie de vivre” (joy of living) to the city’s cosmopolitan, international flair. Designated the Culture Capital of Canada 2010, Winnipeg offers a variety of arts, culture, sports, recreation and entertainment sure to satisfy every taste. (Source: Tourism Winnipeg)
Winnipeg lies at the geographic centre of Canada and North America. Winnipeg is the capital city of Manitoba, a resource-rich province of 1.3 million people bordered by Ontario to the east, Saskatchewan to the west, and North Dakota and Minnesota to the south. The city is just 100 km (62 miles) from the United States border.
Located where the Assiniboine and Red rivers converge, Winnipeg is a vast and diverse city, situated in the heart of Canada, between three ocean coasts. Home to many outstanding tourist attractions, museums, shops and restaurants, many of Winnipeg’s most popular sights are concentrated in the center, within easy walking distance of each other.
Winnipeg derives its name from the Cree word of “win” for muddy and “nippee” for water. An Indigenous trading centre prior to the arrival of the Europeans, Winnipeg was at the heart of the country’s fur trade and instrumental in developing Canada’s gateway to the west. The first permanent settlement occurred in 1812 when a group of Scottish crofters arrived and it became a trading post for the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1870.
Winnipeg was incorporated as a city in 1873 with a population of 1,869. The city saw a 30-year period of growth and prosperity with the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. Winnipeg became a financial centre in Western Canada thanks to a flood of immigrants, high wheat prices and improved farming techniques.
Winnipeg’s top-notch food scene tantalizes every taste bud. Sample exotic dishes at authentic mom-and-pop restaurants, bite into innovative tapas at trendy bistros and dine with gourmands at hot spots managed by the city’s top chefs.
Known as the ‘Cultural Cradle of Canada,’ Winnipeg is home to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and so much more. Newer attractions include the world-class Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which is Canada’s first national museum built outside the capital region, and Journey to Churchill at Assiniboine Park Zoo, which is the world’s most comprehensive Arctic species exhibit.
Festivals abound in Manitoba’s capital with a year-round slate of activity including Festival du Voyageur, Folklorama and the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Here, theatre season is alight with talent, excitement and star power. Winnipeg also offers an impressive and inspiring arts scene, from the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit Art, to modern canvases covered in spray paint to locally-made handicrafts.
Winnipeg is in the Central Time Zone. (CST)
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is Winnipeg’s only airport serving more than 3.8 million passengers per year. Airlines operating out of the airport include Air Canada, Air Transat, Air West, Aviation Bearskin Airlines, Calm Air, First Air, Sunwing Airlines, United Airlines, and WestJet Airlines.
Spring weather in Winnipeg arrives quickly and temperatures begin to rise dramatically. This is an exciting time of the year, when the fine weather signals the end of the winter. The weather and climate in Winnipeg begins to noticeably improve at the end of March, when average daytime temperatures start to exceed freezing.
By April, temperatures begin peaking at more than 10°C / 50°F, although occasional snowy weather in not uncommon at this time of the year.
Spring is a particularly short season, for no sooner has it begun than the warm, sunny summer weather arrives.
By October, the weather and climate in Winnipeg starts to cool down quickly, with average temperatures hovering around 12°C / 54°F. Fall is an attractive time of the year, featuring many clear, sunny days and colorful autumnal shades.
Winnipeg experiences one of the highest amounts of sunshine per year at 2,372 hours and boasts 2,727 hours of clear skies on average per year – the most of all Canadian cities.
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Professional Sports Teams
- Canadian Football League Team (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
- Canadian Premier League Team (Valour Football Club)
- National Hockey League Team (Winnipeg Jets)
- American Hockey League Team (Manitoba Moose)
- American Baseball League Team (Winnipeg Goldeyes)
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