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As the geographical centre of Canada, Winnipeg is considered the gateway to Eastern and Western Canada. Surrounded by canola and wheat fields, southern Manitoba has some of the most picturesque views in the entire country. Winnipeg is the largest city of the Prairies and boasts the famous street corner of Portage and Main, known as possibly the "windiest corner on the continent".

The city has been the gateway to the prairies since 1873, and became the transit point for much of the country's transcontinental traffic when the railroad arrived twelve years later. From the very beginning, Winnipeg was described as the city where "the West began".

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Winnipeg is Manitoba's cosmopolitan capital and Canada's seventh largest city. It is known for its blue skies and sunshine year round, for its beautiful parks, its rivers and its warm hospitality. Winnipeg, is the gateway to Canada's west and is the economic, social and cultural hub of Manitoba. Located at the confluence of the Red and the Assiniboine rivers (known locally as "The Forks"), downtown Winnipeg requires many bridges and has been a Canadian crossroads for more than 6,000 years. The Forks National Historic Site and adjoining lands are still a meeting place, attracting thousands with beautiful scenery, interpretive displays, boutiques, restaurants, an indoor food market, a children's museum and many other attractions for the entire family. Manitoba’s capital city of 680,000 still has functioning cast-iron warehouses, stockyards, railroad depots, and grain elevators that testify to its historical role as a distribution and supply center, first for furs and then for agricultural products. Visitors can hit the jackpot at one of two casinos; see the largest collection of modern Inuit Indian art; photograph exotic northern wildlife; walk by some of the finest examples of turn-of-the-century architecture; see how coins are made; meet at The Forks, a waterfront activity center; and discover the adventurous history of the fur-trading voyageurs. Afterward, they can dine indoors or out in charming multicultural neighborhoods. The city also supports several professional sports teams including hockey, basketball, football and baseball. Outdoor enthusiasts from around the world come to Winnipeg to enjoy outstanding fishing and hunting. Golf is a favorite spring and summer activity as are hiking, swimming, canoeing, fishing, golfing and camping. Winnipeg is a major head office location, particularly in the financial services sector and is home to Canada's largest life insurance company, Canada’s largest mutual fund company, and its only commodities exchange. The city actively supports its team in the Canadian Football League, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. It is also a city which has produced a symphony orchestra that was enthusiastically received in New York City, the first Royal ballet company in the British Commonwealth, and a magnificent theater and arts complex. This lively city is a meeting place for the finest aspects of the cultures represented by the languages spoken there: English, French, Russian, Chinese, and others blend melodiously within the commerce, the arts, the festivals, and the cuisine of Winnipeg. Its cultural offerings include ballet, theater, symphony, opera, and more than 130 days of entertaining festivals year round. Now is the time to plan the vacation of a lifetime, its time to discover the rugged beauty and warm hospitality of Manitoba and its capital city, Winnipeg.
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