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Winnipeg is the capital city of the prairie province of Manitoba. Manitoba is situated near the geographic center of the North American continent Winnipeg lies at the junction of the Assiniboine River and the North-flowing Red River. This junction has come to be know as The Forks, and has a rich history of being a "meeting place" for early settlers in the Red River Valley. The Forks has been developed and still to this day remains to be a "meeting place for markets steeped in cultural diversity and history."

Maps courtesy of Destination Winnipeg 
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French-speaking fur traders were the first to settle at the junction of the Assiniboine and Red rivers where Winnipeg now lies. French explorers built Fort Rouge in 1738. The North West Company built Fort Gibraltar, later called Fort Garry, in 1804. A few years later the Hudson's Bay Company established Fort Douglas. Lord Selkirk of the Hudson's Bay Company led Scottish immigrants to the site in 1811 and established the Red River Settlement. The companies later merged and named their settlement Winnipeg, from the Cree Indian words meaning "muddy water," and it was incorporated in 1873. In 1881 the Canadian Pacific Railway first came through Winnipeg. In January 1972 nearby municipalities were absorbed into the city.

City Statistics
  • POPULATION: 670,000
  • AREA: 145 square miles (280 square kilometers)
  • ALTITUDE: 239 meters (776 feet) above sea level
Climate & Temperatures

Winnipeg climate chart

Claim To Fame

Winnipeg has certainly many famous characters and musical artists to be proud to call their own. Some of the famous names that began they're road the stardom here in Winnipeg are:

Of course our most famous Winnipegger of all times Winnie the Pooh. The little bear of which all the children's books are written, are about a bear who was named after the hometown of a WWI soldier who hailed from Winnipeg.

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