Winnipeg is the capital city of Manitoba in Canada. It is the largest city in Manitoba and sits at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.
There are more than 200 neighbourhoods in Winnipeg. Downtown – Winnipeg’s economic core – is centered on the intersection of Portage Avenue and Main Street. Near Downtown is the city’s Exchange District. The 30-block area is a National Historic Site and provides beautiful and interesting architecture. Other notable areas in the city centre are The Forks and Broadway-Assiniboine where you can find, respectively, Winnipeg’s largest tourist attraction and the stately Legislative building.
The city’s core also holds two of Winnipeg’s major post-secondary institutions in The University of Winnipeg and Red River College’s Princess Street Campus. Red River College’s other major campus is located in the southwest quadrant of the city. Travel south to find Manitoba’s largest university, University of Manitoba, which has a campus that can seem like a small city unto itself.
Summer in Winnipeg can be very warm with average July highs of 26 °C (79 °F). Conversely, winter can be quite cold with January lows averaging around −23 °C (−9.4°F) earning the city the affectionate nickname of Winterpeg. Instead of seeing it’s chilly temperatures as a detriment however, Winnipeg has embraced the colder months of the year and there are many opportunities to enjoy sledding, skating and other winter activities.
Winnipeg boasts many festivals and annual events including Festival du Voyageur (Western Canada’s largest winter festival), Winnipeg Folk Fest, Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival and Folklorama.
As common on the Canadian prairies, Winnipeg has a relatively low cost of living. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, the average home price in June 2016 was $294,619.
The citizens of Winnipeg are passionate about their sports teams. In the summer that includes the Goldeyes (baseball) and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (football). Winter is hockey season with enthusiastic fans ready to cheer on the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose.
The land around Winnipeg is flat and provides excellent farmland. Travel just a short distance east however, and you’ll encounter the rocky hills and numerous lakes of the Canadian Shield. Travel northeast and you’ll soon find beautiful forests and trails. A wonderful example is Birds Hill Provincial Park, only a few minutes out of the city, and a forested paradise boasting camping, trails, horseback riding, and even a beach.
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