Winnipeg is the provincial capital and largest city of Manitoba.

It is home to an estimated 663,617 people (2011 census) and occupies 464 sq. km. The city is located at the confluence of two rivers, the Red and the Assiniboine. Because of its central location between the eastern and western boundaries of the country, Winnipeg has been referred to as “Bull’s Eye of the Dominion.”

City of Winnipeg Website
Newcomers Information

Winnipeg History

Winnipeg was incorporated as a city in 1873. The name is a derivation from the Cree term for Lake Winnipeg, “win-nipi,” a reference to cloudy water. Winnipeg grew up where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet, an area today known as “the forks.” It attracted indigenous hunters and fishers for thousands of years before the arrival of French trappers in the first half of the 18th century.

History of Winnipeg
Historical Photos of Winnipeg 1882 to 1950

Winnipeg Weather

Winnipeg’s climate is classified as humid continental. You’ll see a significant swing in temperature between winter and summer; the average temperature in January is -16.4°C, compared to the average temperature in July of 19.7°C. Winters can be particularly harsh, with bitterly cold air intensified with Arctic winds that rush unimpeded across the northwestern prairie. Winnipeg receives about 521 mm of precipitation each year, most of it during the summer.

Winnipeg Climate
The Weather Network Forecast for Winnipeg

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Cost of living in Winnipeg

According to Numbeo, the cost of living in Winnipeg, exclusive of rent, is about 70 percent of what you can expect to pay in New York City. If you factor in rent, the cost of living is less than half of what it is in New York City. Compared to Toronto, rent is nearly 38 percent lower in Winnipeg, while consumer prices overall are approximately the same in both cities.

Numbeo: Cost of Living in Winnipeg
Cost Comparison: Winnipege vs. Toronto

Real Estate

Winnipeg is a “community of communities” with 237 distinctly different neighbourhoods. The most recent census (2011) showed 291,316 occupied private dwellings that housed 198,070 families. Among all private households, about 63 percent live in single-detached houses, while 30 percent live in apartments.

Winnipeg Neighbourhoods
Winnipeg Realtors® Website
Winnipeg Census Data

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Hospitals

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) is responsible for the provision of health care services in Winnipeg. It does this through a network of hospitals, health centres, personal care homes, community-based health facilities, and partnerships with other public and private providers. The largest hospital is the Health Sciences Centre (HSC), with 8,000 staff and volunteers.

Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities in Winnipeg
Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg

Transportation

Winnipeg promotes active transportation with a network of pathways and lanes for pedestrians and cyclists. Winnipeg Transit provides public transportation with 84 fixed bus routes. Rapid transit rail, including high speed rail, operate primarily between downtown and destinations in southwest Winnipeg. The James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG) serves air travelers.

Winnipeg Transit
Winnipeg Cycling Maps
Richardson International Airport

Schools

The Winnipeg School Division administers public education in the city via 78 schools serving more than 33,000 students from nursery through secondary grades. Attesting to the city’s cultural diversity, about 6,500 students study English as an additional language. Winnipeg is home to eight universities and five colleges. Among these are University of Manitoba, established in 1877, which has total enrollment of about 30,000.

Winnipeg School Division
Red River College
University of Manitoba

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Hotels

Lodging options in Winnipeg include hotels, B&Bs, campgrounds and hostels. If you’re visiting Assiniboine Park or the Zoo, you may enjoy the convenience of Assiniboine Gordon Inn on the Park, just a block north of the Trans-Canada Highway. For a quiet, luxurious stay, consider the Beechmount, a 4.5 Star B&B in an elegant, Queen Ann Victorian home on the Assiniboine River opposite Munson Park. For comfort downtown at an attractive rate, check availability at the UWinnipeg Hostel.

Winnipeg Tourisim: Hotels
Beechmount B&B
University of Winnipeg Hostel

Restaurants

There’s no shortage of good places to eat in Winnipeg. If you like southern style barbecue, visit Danny’s BBQ & Smokehouse for pulled pork, ribs, and roasted chicken. Or, if you’d like to enjoy some Italian pie and wet your whistle with local brews, hop on a Winnipeg Tasting Tour where you can enjoy beer flights at four stops for one flat rate. At Inferno’s Bistro, you can enjoy a fusion of French Canadian and Mediterranean cuisine for lunch or supper.

Tourism Winnipeg: Where to Eat
New Restaurants in Winnipeg

Things To Do

At or near the top of every list of “must-sees” in Winnipeg is the Forks National Historic Site, where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers converge. It teems with activity—for playing and exercise, for shopping, dining, and sightseeing. The Manitoba Museum is an award-winning attraction the whole family will enjoy. For the ultimate in relaxation, take a day at Thermëa, a Scandinavian spa and sauna where you can soak, get a body massage, and enjoy a fine meal.

Ten Winnipeg Must-Sees
Tourism Packages and Deals
Things To Do in Winnipeg (TripAdvisor)

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