Manitoba, easternmost of the Prairie provinces of Canada, in the central part of the country, bounded on the north by the Northwest Territories, on the northeast by Hudson Bay, on the east by Ontario, on the south by the states of Minnesota and North Dakota, and on the west by Saskatchewan.
- Other major cities
- Portage la Prairie, The Pas, Flin Flon, Brandon, Churchill
- Date Entered the Federation
- July 15, 1870
- Provincial Flower
- Prairie Crocus
- Provincial Bird
- Great Gray Owl
- "Glorious and free"
- 1 251 468 (2011)
- 647 797 sq km
- Lieutenant Governor
- His Honour The Honourable Philip Lee
- The Honourable Greg Selinger (New Democratic Party)
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Manitoba entered the Canadian Confederation on July 15, 1870, as the fifth province. Manitoba has traditionally been known for its primary economic activities: agriculture, mining, forestry, and fishing. Although Winnipeg is a leading manufacturing center of interior Canada, in the early 1990s the processing of primary products retained a leading role in the provincial economy.
The name Manitoba is taken from Lake Manitoba and is a Native American phrase meaning "great spirit's strait." Winnipeg is the source of Winnie the Pooh's name and is also home of the windiest intersection in Canada, Portage and Main.
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This natural wonder features almost 3000 square kilometres of boreal forest, aspen parkland, deciduous forest and open grasslands and meadows. The area is a haven for fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing - including a herd of bison living in the park! Explore the park via a network of day-use and overnight trails, designed for hiking, cycling or horseback riding. Interpretive programs are offered throughout the summer. There are several campgrounds and picnic areas at many of the other lakes in the park, including Lakes Audy, Grayling, Katherine, Moon, Deep, and Whirlpool.
Famous sons and daughters of Manitoba include:
- Billy Bishop, WWI flying ace
- Margaret Laurence, author
- Nellie McClung, activist
- Louis Riel, Metis leader