About

The City of Winnipeg

The City of Winnipeg has a population of about 700,000 and is the capital of the province of Manitoba, which is known as Canada's friendly province. Winnipeg, the largest city in Manitoba, is home to people from over 40 different countries around the globe.

Located at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, this diverse prairie city boasts stunning sunsets and northern lights, the largest urban forest in Canada, a long tradition of excellence in the Arts, more than 100 cultural festivals every year, and professional football, hockey, and baseball teams.

The University of Winnipeg's downtown campus offers easy access to the city’s events and attractions. We are within walking distance of the Hudson's Bay Company Archives and the Neil John Maclean Library (Winnipeg's Medical Library); also excellent shopping, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, coffee shops, and art galleries.

Winnipeg celebrates the holiday season with concerts, festivals, fireworks, parades, and the lighting of hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights. Known as the Christmas Capital of Canada, Winnipeg can almost guarantee a White Christmas and the right weather for winter activities like skating, sleigh rides, and skiing. With 358 hours of sunshine in December, January, and February, Winnipeg has the sunniest winters in Canada.


Winnipeg Attractions:

  • One of the world's top 10 beaches within an hour's drive
  • Manitoba's provincial parks for hiking, camping, swimming, and more
  • Mild springs, hot summers, colourful falls, and snowy, cold, and bright winters
  • Home to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Art Gallery, and Contemporary Dancers
  • Outdoor sports like hockey, swimming, cycling, skating, tobogganing, and fishing
  • Sports teams: Winnipeg Goldeyes (baseball), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (football), Manitoba Moose (hockey), and The University of Winnipeg's own Wesmen (volleyball and basketball)
  • Low cost of living
  • Purest air and cleanest drinking water of any North American city over 500,000 people
  • Annual festivals such as the Festival du Voyageur, Folklorama, the Fringe Festival, the Folk Festival, and the New Music Festival
  • Great shopping at the city's malls and in shopping districts like Osborne Village, Corydon, and Winnipeg's French quarter St. Boniface

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