Welcome to Manitoba
Manitoba's landscape is as enchanting as it is diverse, with prairie grasslands in the south and west, rugged Canadian Shield lakes and forests in the east and north and arctic coastline and tundra in the extreme north.
Explore Manitoba's regions to get a taste of Canada at its wildest.
Winnipeg, the capital and largest city, is the historical and cultural center of the province with its first-rate museums, art galleries and annual festivals. A historic meeting place, The Forks National Historic Site is an urban oasis in the heart of Winnipeg. Canada's oldest public gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery includes the world's largest public collection of Inuit art. The Exchange District National Historic Site showcases turn-of-the-last-century architecture and is home to an arts community. The Manitoba Museum is an award-winning heritage and edutainment centre in addition to its Planetarium and Science Gallery. Learn about the production of coins while touring the Royal Canadian Mint. Pass over Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge and you're in St. Boniface, home to a large francophone community and the birthplace of Louis Riel, the Métis leader who founded Manitoba.
Beginning at the western edge of Winnipeg, the Central Plains includes the town of Portage la Prairie. Nearby, Fort la Reine Museum preserves the heritage of the Canadian Prairies with over 25 buildings displaying artifacts.
North America's largest Smoking Pipe was constructed in commemoration of early settlers who came from Saint-Claude in the Jura region of France, where the main industry was pipe making.
The village boasts other attractions including the Manitoba Dairy Museum, a fascinating new Roman Catholic Church, extensive town gardens, a Gaol Museum and war memorial.
The Eastern Region covers a long stretch of the Manitoba/Ontario border including the Whiteshell Provincial Park. Eastern Manitoba holds testimony to the early Metis, French-Canadian, Mennonite, Ukrainian and Dutch settlements. The Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach brings to life the Mennonite way of life from the 16th century to present day. Built in 1906 by Joseph Keilback, the Manitoba Glass Works Historic Site in Beausejour is the site of the first glass container factory in Western Canada.
The Interlake Region stretches from the northern edge of Winnipeg and between Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba. The Hudson Bay Company and the fur trade of the late 1700s and 1800s set the stage for the opening of western Canada. The oldest intact fur trade fort in Canada, Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site sits along the Red River just north of Winnipeg. Located along the shoreline of Lake Winnipeg, Gimli was once the capital of an independent colony of Icelanders that settled along the western edge of Lake Winnipeg in 1875. Icelandic history in Manitoba comes alive at the New Iceland Heritage Museum. At the Naricisse Snake Dens you can see more Red-sided garter snakes than anywhere else in the world. For two brief periods each year tens of thousands of snakes congregate at the surface of their winter dens.
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Manitoba's largest region includes the town of Churchill, the northern border with Nunavut and Hudson's Bay. The North is a living portrait of the Aboriginal way of life.
Located on the shores of Hudson Bay, Churchill is the Polar Bear Capital of the World. This isolated town is the only human settlement in the world where polar bears can be observed in their natural environment. Throughout summer, white Beluga whales enter the Churchill River to feed, give birth and raise their young. Travelers also come to Churchill to view the magical northern lights (aurora borealis). Other attractions include the Cape Merry National Historic Site and the Eskimo Museum.
This western region of Manitoba includes Duck Mountain Provincial Park and Riding Mountain National Park. Part of the Manitoba Escarpment, Riding Mountain rises dramatically from the prairie landscape creating a rolling, forested plain dotted with lakes and streams.
The Inglis Elevators National Historic Site of Canada is the last remaining row of vintage 1920s standard-plan grain elevators in Canada.
The southern part of the province is a vast, mostly flat expanse of prairie land where grain fields extend for endless miles. Known as the Golden Triangle, the Pembina Valley region of southern Manitoba is set within some of the province's richest agricultural lands. Museums and attractions include the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden and the Threshermen's Museum in Winkler.
This southwestern area is home to the city of Brandon. Nestled along the U.S. and Canadian borders of North Dakota and Manitoba in a symbol of friendship, lies the International Peace Garden. Tour over 20 giant historical murals in Boissevain. The Manitoba Agricultural Museum near Austin features Canada's largest collection of operating vintage farm machinery and a pioneer village with more than 20 buildings complete with artifacts. The Star Attraction of Souris is the Souris Swinging Bridge, Canada's longest historic suspension bridge.
Built in 1888, the Pioneer Home Museum was one of Virden's first residences to be built on Quality Hill, a section of town where many affluent members of the community settled.