Winnipeg is the capital city of Manitoba in Canada, and is home to over half of the population of the province. Manitoba is largely made up of lakes and the rest of the population is sparse and spread out. The city is located where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet, and this is colloquially referred to as "The Forks." Winnipeg has a population of over 600,000 people.
The Red River Valley, where Winnipeg is located is extremely flat and is the location of the famous "Red River Rebellion," which is critical in Canada's history. Louis Riel became the leader of the Metis rebellion and is legacy is celebrated in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg is reportedly the coldest city in the world and is dubbed "Winterpeg," despite being one of the sunniest cities in Canada. The locals enjoy the hot and humid summer months at Grand Beach Provincial Park. Manitoba also has many lakes, and summer cottages are popular as well.
The Royal Canadian Mint is located in Winnipeg, which is where Canada's coin currency is produced. The plant employs a large number of residents and produces coinage for many other countries in the world. Tours of the facility are a popular tourist attraction.
Winnipeg's largest local sports team is the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Canadian Football League team. The team has won the Grey Cup 10 times in franchise history.
Winnipeg is home to a large military base and training facilities, and has a long history of aviation training. The Western Canada Aviation Museum is a popular attraction where you can find Canada's first helicopter and homage to women in aviation.
Winnipeg has a surprising cultural diversity. You'll find excellent dining at Tre Visi, an Italian restaurant with a nice atmosphere and excellent food. The local hangout, Mondragon Café and Bookstore serves light fare and delicious coffee, perfect for those who love being surrounded by books. For great live music and a fun night, head to the Palomino Club. For a nice evening with friends over a few cocktails, Alive in the District will soon become your favorite spot, like an episode of Friends, only with cocktails instead of coffee.