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Central in Canada’s pioneering and political history, the landscape of Manitoba flows seamlessly from waves of cropland to thriving cities and towns.
The Central Plains are home to important bird conservations areas that are vital to the survival of million of our feathered friends. These include the Delta Marsh on Lake Manitoba, Big Grass Marsh, Portia Marsh, St. Ambroise Provincial Beach Recreation Park and the multi-award-winning Oak Hammock Marsh.
If history is what you are after, find old-time demonstrations at Gladstone’s Museum Threshing Days, and walking tours in beautiful towns including Neepawa and Russell. Winnipeg features more than 25 museums, including the Manitoba Museum and the brand new Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Portage la Prairie offers Fort La Reine Museum, Shoal Lake has the Police & Pioneer Museum, and the Inglis’ Grain Elevators National Historic Site is highly regarded.
Manitoba’s warm summer nights encourage bountiful crops, and some must-see gardens include Neepawa, the World Lily Capital, the Legislature Building gardens in Winnipeg and the English Gardens in the capital’s Assiniboine Park.
The eastern “Mile 0” of the Yellowhead Highway is the capital city of Winnipeg. The city boasts historic sites, festivals, and some of the finest cultural and performing arts groups in Canada, including an internationally acclaimed ballet company.
Manitoba Motto: Gloriosus et Liber «Glorious and free»
Manitoba probably comes from either the Ojibwa word "manito-bah" or the Cree "manito-wapow," meaning "strait of the spirit" in reference to The Narrows of Lake Manitoba.
Provincial Flower: Prairie Crocus
Provincial Mammal: Bison
Provincial Tree: White Spruce
Area: 647,797 km2 (250,116 sq mi) (Natural Resources Canada, 2001)
Population: 1,282,000 (Statistics Canada, 2014 Census)
Capital City: Winnipeg
Largest City: Winnipeg
Date Manitoba Entered Confederation: July 15, 1870