Manitoba -

Golden field of sunflowers, Manitoba


Central Plains
Pembina Valley
Winnipeg Capital Region


It is common to have overnight lows below -40C (-40F) several days each winter across the province, especially in the north. Most winter temperatures hover around -18C (0F). The climate is often influenced in the summer months by low pressure air masses originating in the Gulf of Mexico. The result is hot and humid conditions which frequently lead to thunderstorms and a few tornadoes each year. Temperatures exceed 32C (90F) several times each summer. Manitoba is one of the sunniest places in Canada and North America.


The drinking age is 18 - younger than most other provinces in Canada.

Manitoba is one of Canada's 10 provinces and the easternmost of the three Prairie provinces. It was officially recognized by the Federal Government in 1870 as separate from the Northwest Territories, and became the first province created from the Territories.

Its capital and largest city, Winnipeg, contains more than half the provincial population of 1.17 million people. Other cities with more than 10,000 people are Brandon, Thompson, Portage la Prairie, and Steinbach. A person from Manitoba is called a Manitoban.

Most of Manitoba's inhabited south, near or in Winnipeg, lies within the prehistoric bed of Glacial Lake Agassiz. This south central part of the province is flat with few hills. However, there are many rocky and hill filled areas in the province, along with many large sand ridges left behind by glaciers.

People from Manitoba are known to be the most friendly people in Canada. However, do not take advantage of this hospitality. Manitobans are also very cautious of outsiders coming into the province, especially in the rural and Mennonite regions. This is due to sensitivity of their friendly image and being taken advantage of in the past by people from large urban areas.

Get in

By plane
Winnipeg International Airport handles several major airlines including Air Canada, WestJet, Northwest and United.

By rail
VIA Rail is the only passenger rail service into Manitoba. Its main stop is in Winnipeg, also known as the "Gateway to the West".

Get around

By car
Like most of Canada's provinces, Manitoba is very large, so a car or any other road vehicle is probably the most convenient way to get around.

By train
Manitoba has two Class I railways: CN and Canadian Pacific Railway. A number of small regional railways exist in the province. They are the Hudson Bay Railway, the Southern Manitoba Railway, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Manitoba, Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway, and Central Manitoba Railway.


  The International Peace Garden. On the border between Manitoba and North Dakota is a large garden and park dedicated to peace. The entire park is accessible to both Canadians and Americans without going through Customs, as a symbol of peaceful international relations. (Visitors must stop at the respective Customs station upon leaving.)
  Assiniboine Park Zoo, 2355 Corydon Avenue, (204) 986-6921. The zoo is home to more than 1200 animals, including Siberian Tigers and Golden Eagles.
  Manitoba Museum, 190 Rupert Avenue, (204) 956-2830. Few museums have a five-story sailing ship and a planetarium. That's what makes this one so unique.
  Fort Whyte, 1961 McCreary Road, (204) 989-8335. Bird watchers can't stay away from the spectacular scenery. Although kids may not enjoy it as much, it's worth a visit.
  Manitoba Children's Museum, 45 Forks Market Road, (204) 924-4000. Exciting hands-on attractions will be a hit with your kids. The museum is planned with children in mind. $6 (Children ages 2-17), $5.50 (Adults), $5 (Seniors).
  Royal Canadian Mint, 520 Lagimodiere Boulevard, 1-866-822-6724. Talk about pretty pennies. The Royal Canadian Mint pumps out more than a billion coins each year.

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