Manitoba… the land of Bisons, polar bears, and is the heart of Canada. People are quiet, and very friendly. The province has a long history with the Aboriginal peoples of Canada who first inhabited the region.
Here are just a few facts about the beautiful province of Manitoba that you might not know.
1. The capital city of Manitoba is Winnipeg. It’s largest city.
2. Manitoba’s neighbours are: Ontario, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, and the American states of Minnesota, and North Dakota. The province is located in the center of Canada.
3. The province’s official motto is: Glorious and free. Words found in the Canadian anthem.
4. It joined Canada on July 15, 1870 – the fifth province to do so.
5. The province has a population of around 1.3 million people.
6. Manitoba is the largest producer of dry beans and sunflower seed. It is also exports a lot of potatoes.
7. Manitoba means “Where the Spirit lives”. A saying by the Aboriginal peoples of Canada who first lived in Manitoba.
8. The capital Winnipeg has the sunniest winter season in Canada, with an estimated 358 hours of sunshine.
9. James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is the only airport in Western Canada that operates 24 hours a day.
10. The province is blessed with lakes, well over 100,000!
11. Nicknamed “the Polar Bear Capital of the World”, the town of Churchill (population of around 900), Manitoba is the best place in the world for taking pictures of Bolar Bears. A lot of polar bears move further inland from the shores during autumn. You can also see beluga whales here.
12. Because of the Polar bears, residents of the town of Churchill have been asked to never lock their cars in case someone needs it to escape an attack from a Polar bear.
13. Manitoba is home to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. It is located in Winnipeg. The only national museum outside the capital region.
14. The Royal Canadian Mint has a second location in Manitoba’s Winnipeg. Main one is in Ottawa. This is where all of Canada’s coins are made, as well as those of some 60 countries.
15. Manitobans are widely known for their friendliness. It is the friendliest province in Canada.
16. Speaking of the town of Churchill, it is one of the top 3 spots in the world to view the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).
17. Manitoba’s Wapusk National Park is the 37th national park in Canada and is dominated by wild white polar bears.
18. Manitoba is home to the largest collection of red sided garter snakes in the world.
19. No other gallery in the world has more contemporary Inuit art than the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
20. Manitobans love curling. It is the curling capital of Canada with more clubs than any other province.
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