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Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of the Canadian province of Manitoba. Winnipeg is also one of the
most culturally diverse cities anywhere. Some 100 languages are represented in the region and Winnipeg
is well known for it 's cultural achievements and flourishing arts scene.
The Winnipeg Metropolitan Area (which includes Winnipeg and surrounding rural municipalities) has a
population of 730,100 and is the eighth largest Census Metropolitan Area in Canada.
Winnipeg lies in close proximity to hundreds of lakes. including Lake Winnipeg, Canada's fifth largest
lake and the world's eleventh largest, as well as Lake Manitoba and Lake of the Woods.
The city is located near the geographic centre of North America, on a flood plain at the confluence of the
Red and Assiniboine rivers, a point now commonly known as The Forks.
A resident of Winnipeg is known as a Winnipegger.
Geography and Climate
Winnipeg is situated just east of the longitudinal centre of Canada (near the geographical centre of
North America), and approximately 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of the border with the United States.
It is near the eastern edge of the Canadian Prairies, and about 70 kilometres (45 miles) south of Lake
Winnipeg. It is situated in the floodplain of the Red River and is surrounded by rich agricultural land.
Winnipeg has 4 distinct seasons, spring, summer, fall and winter.
Winnipeg Summers are warm to hot and often quite humid. The summers in Winnipeg are similar to
those experienced in cities in the Midwestern United States. Winnipegers enjoy the beaches and lakes
during this season.
Spring and autumn are shorter and highly variable seasons. The weather is characterized by an
abundance of sunshine throughout the year.
Winter can begin as early as November and as late as mid-December. Winnipeg receives less snow
than Toronto but because the weather averages below zero, the snow tends to stay until spring.
Winnipegers embrace the season with outdoor activities such as skating on the Canada's longest
river skating trail or cross-country skiing in our many numerous parks
An interesting fact is that Winnipeg is located farther south than cities like London or Amsterdam.
Winnipeg is one of Canada's sunniest cities, and the weather in all seasons is characterized by an
abundance of sunshine.
The city receives an average of 2,372 hours of sunshine per year compared with 1,928 hours at
Vancouver and 2,037 hours at Toronto. July is the sunniest month, and November the least sunny.
Winnipeg, like Chicago, is also known as a windy city. The average annual wind speed is 16.9 km/h
(10.5 mph), predominantly from the south. The windiest weather usually occurs during blizzards or
thunderstorms. April is the windiest month, and July the least windy.
Information from Wikipedia and Destination Winnipeg
Located at the eastern edge of the great plains of Western Canada, Winnipeg plays a prominent role
in transportation, finance, manufacturing, agriculture and education.
Because all rail and highway traffic between eastern and western Canada must travel through or near
the city, it is often called the "Gateway to the West".
Winnipeg is an important regional centre of commerce, industry, culture, finance, and government.
In 2003 and 2004, Canadian Business magazine ranked Winnipeg in the top 10 cities for business.
In 2006, Winnipeg was ranked by KPMG as one of the lowest cost locations to do business in Canada.
Winnipeg's largest employers are either government or government-funded institutions: the Province
of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba, the Health Sciences Centre, the Casinos
of Winnipeg, and Manitoba Hydro.
Winnipeg is the site of he headquarters of 1 Canadian Air Division, as well as home to several reserve
The Royal Canadian Mint located in eastern Winnipeg is where all circulating coinage in Canada is
produced. The plant, established in 1975, also produces coins for many other countries in the world.
Winnipeg is also home to the National Microbiology Laboratory, Canada's front line in its response to
SARS and one of only 15 Biosafety level 4 microbiology laboratories in the world.
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Unlike the rest of Canada, in 2011, Winnipeg"s real estate market increased in value and is continuing
to do so in 2012. Economists have said that because Winnipeg has such a diverse economy and the
fact that more people are moving into the Province than moving out, it is those facts that have
contributed to the stability of its real estate. Our population is expected to increase by approximately
30,000 by 2013. A Realtor can best advise you on the status of Real Estate in Winnipeg or you can
visit the Winnipeg Realtors' website at www.winnipegrealtors.ca or call Karen Tereck at 204-800-2579.
Education is a responsibility of the provincial government in Canada.
In Manitoba, education is governed principally by The Public Schools Act and The Education
Administration Act, as well as regulations made under both Acts. Education taxes are calculated based
on property values and collected by the City of Winnipeg on behalf of the Province. This means that
approximately 49% of your property tax bill is property taxes and 51% is made up of education taxes.
In 2012, the Provincial Government gave a property tax credit of $700.00 on the annual tax bill
for those owner occupied properties.
Rights and responsibilities of the Minister of Education, Citizenship and Youth and the rights and
responsibilities of school boards, principals, teachers, parents and students are set out in the legislation.
There are two major universities, two community colleges, a private Mennonite college and a French university in St. Boniface.
The University of Manitoba is the largest university of the province of Manitoba, most comprehensive and
only research-intensive post-secondary educational institution. It was founded in 1877, making it Western
Canada’s first university. In a typical year, the university has an enrollment of 24,542 undergraduate
students and 3,021 graduate students.
The University of Winnipeg received its charter in 1967 but its roots date back more than 130 years. The
founding colleges were Manitoba College 1871, and Wesley College 1888, which merged to form United
College in 1938.
Winnipeg is also home to numerous private schools, both religious and secular.
There are six public school divisions in Winnipeg:
Winnipeg School Division
St. James-Assiniboia School Division
Pembina Trails School Division
Seven Oaks School Division
Division Scolaire Franco-Manitobaine
River East Transcona School Division
Louis Riel School Division
There are four universities and two major colleges in Winnipeg:
University of Manitoba
University of Winnipeg
Universitaire de Saint-Boniface
Canadian Mennonite University
Red River College
Private Schools in Winnipeg:
Balmoral Hall School (girls only)
Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute
Ohr HaTorah Day School
St. John's-Ravenscourt School
St. Mary's Academy (girls only)
St. Paul's High School (boys only)
St. Boniface Diocesan High School
St. Maurice School
Immanuel Christian School
Springs Christian Academy
Westgate Mennonite Collegiate
Gray Academy of Jewish Education
Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate
Information from Wikipedia.
Winnipeg is well known across the prairies for its arts, culture and especially it's music scene.
Among the popular cultural institutions in the city are: the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Winnipeg Art Gallery
(WAG), the Manitoba Opera, the Manitoba Museum (formerly the Museum of Man and Nature), the Royal
Manitoba Theatre Centre, the Prairie Theatre Exchange, Manitoba Theatre for Young People and the
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
The city is home to several large festivals. The Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival is North America's second
largest Fringe Festival, held every July.
The Winnipeg International Writer's Festival (THIN AIR) rivals similar festivals in Calgary and Vancouver.
Other festivals include Folklorama, the Jazz Winnipeg Festival, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Winnipeg
Music Festival, the Red River Exhibition, and Le Festival du Voyageur.
For a list of all Festivals, click here. Winnipeg is also known as "Festival City" and was called the Cultural
Capital of Canada in 2011.
Construction on the planned Canadian Museum for Human Rights has started at the Forks and expected
to be completed by 2014. It will be the first Canadian national museum outside of the National Capital
Region. It is expected to boost Winnipeg's tourism like the Guggenheim Museum did to Balboa, Spain.
Information from Wikipedia.
Winnipeg has a long and storied sports history. It has been home to several professional hockey,
football and baseball franchises.
There has also been numerous university and amateur athletes over the years who have left their mark.
Current professional franchises:
Winnipeg hosted the Pan-American Games in 1967 and 1999, the only city other than Mexico City to
have hosted the event twice. The 1999 Pan Am Games were the biggest multi-sport event ever held in
Canada, and the third largest ever held in North America, after the Atlanta and Los Angeles Olympics.
In recent years, the province has very successfully played host to many sporting events such as the
Grey Cup, the World Curling Championships and the Canada Summer Games.
Information from Wikipedia.
Residents of Winnipeg have access to 2.5 million acres of parkland and more than 100 golf courses in
the province. Winnipeggers can fish in one of the province’s 100,000 pristine lakes, hike over the sand
dunes in the desert near Carberry, or stroll along the many long, sandy beaches. In fact, Grand Beach on
Lake Winnipeg is one of the best in North America. You can watch the huge and varied flocks of birds
from the boardwalks at Oak Hammock Marsh. The choices are almost endless. Best of all, there are so
many great outdoor locations and activities that it is easy to get away from the crowds.
Information from destinationwinnipeg.ca
Winnipeg has had a public transit system since the 1880s, starting with horse-drawn streetcars. Electric
streetcars from 1891 until 1955, and electric trolley buses from 1938 until 1970.
Winnipeg Transit now operates entirely with diesel buses. Recently Winnipeg has implemented a rapid bus transit system for many parts of the City of Winnipeg.
The city is directly connected to the United States via Highway 75 (a northern continuation of I-29 and
US 75). The highway runs 107 kilometres to Emerson, Manitoba, the 8th busiest border crossing. Much of
the commercial traffic that crosses in Emerson either originates from or is destined to Winnipeg. Inside the
city, the highway is locally known as Pembina Highway.
Winnipeg's airport, the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, in October 2011 a new terminal building was completed. The field was Canada's first international airport when it opened in 1928 as Stevenson Aerodrome.
Winnipeg is unique among North American cities its size in that it does not have freeways within the urban
area. From any edge of the City, it will take approximately 20 minutes to get downtown.
A modern four-lane highway called the Perimeter Highway was built in 1969. It serves as an expressway
around the city (also known as a ring road) with interchanges and at-grade intersections that bypass the
city entirely. It allows travellers on the Trans-Canada Highway to avoid the city and continue east or west
Information from Wikipedia.
Home Service Providers
Winnipeg has two daily newspapers, six English television stations, one French television station, 25 AM
and FM radio stations and a variety a regional and nationally based magazines that call the city home.
This is a list of hospitals in Winnipeg. Some of the facilities run by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Deer Lodge Centre
Health Sciences Centre, also includes Winnipeg Children's Hospital
Misericordia Health Center
Riverview Health Centre
Saint Boniface General Hospital
Seven Oaks General Hospital
Victoria General Hospital
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