About the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba
Winnipeg is the capital city of the province of Manitoba, Canada. Located at the geographical centre of Canada, Winnipeg is a transportation centre, with extensive rail and air links, as well as the head offices of several major Canadian trucking firms. Winnipeg has a diverse economy and is also a multicultural city where more than 100 languages are spoken. While Winnipeg is an eminently affordable city, it is host to world-class ballet, theatre, visual arts, music and festivals.
Location of Winnipeg, Manitoba
Winnipeg is located at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, near the centre of North America.
- see maps of Winnipeg
464.08 sq km (179.18 square miles) (Statistics Canada, 2011 Census)
663,617 (Statistics Canada, 2011 Census)
Date Winnipeg Became the Capital of Manitoba
Date Winnipeg Incorporated as a City
1873. Reincorporated in 1972.
Government of the City of Winnipeg
A Winnipeg general municipal election is held every four years on the fourth Wednesday in October. This includes elections for the Mayor and city councillors, as well as elections for school trustees.
Date of the last Winnipeg municipal election: Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Date of the next Winnipeg municipal election: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Winnipeg's city council is made up of 16 elected representatives: one mayor and 15 city councillors.
Major attractions in the capital city include:
- Manitoba Legislative Building
- Assiniboine Park
- Winnipeg Art Gallery
- Royal Winnipeg Ballet
- The Manitoba Museum
- The Forks National Historic Site
- Riel House National Historic Site
- Trans Canada Trail
Weather in Winnipeg
Winnipeg has short, very warm summers and long bitterly cold winters. Winnipeg gets lots of snow, usually starting in November and sometimes not finishing until April. Winnipeg is also a windy city, which can make winter more difficult. On the positive side, Winnipeg has the most days of winter sunshine of any Canadian city, and is also dry, which makes the cold more tolerable.
City of Winnipeg Official Site
Capital Cities of Canada
For information on the other capital cities in Canada, see Capital Cities of Canada.