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Winnipeg, the Capital of Manitoba

Key Facts About Winnipeg, the Capital of Manitoba, Canada


Winnipeg, Manitoba

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Courtesy Travel Manitoba

Updated: 04/14/12

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.


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.

Winnipeg Attractions

Major attractions in the capital city include:

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.

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