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LIVING IN WINNIPEG

Province: Manitoba

Population: 663,000

Climate: Continental, with cold winters and warm summers. Winnipeg receives an abundance of snow in winter, and summer, while hot, is usually quite short. The city is dry, windy and enjoys lots of sunshine each year.

Overview: Winnipeg is the provincial capital and the largest city in Manitoba, and is located at the geographical centre of Canada. Winnipeg is becoming increasingly multicultural, and over 100 languages are spoken in the city. As the city provides a range of amenities, and has much more affordable accommodation than other Canadian cities, it is no wonder newcomers are choosing to call Winnipeg home.

When choosing where to live (from the 236 official neighbourhoods in Winnipeg), it’s important to decide what type of neighbourhood you want to live in. If you are bringing your family, areas such as White Ridge and Prairie Oaks are ideal, due to their open spaces, safety and proximity to schools. Younger people may choose to live in more urban areas such as Wolseley and Colony Spence, which are closer to the city and public transport.

Winnipeg is a city steeped in culture and history. It is home to 26 National Historic Sites of Canada. The most popular of these is The Forks, a historical meeting place at the junction of Red River and the Assiniboine River. In addition, there are many other houses, churches and theatres that attract thousands of visitors each year. Winnipeg’s culinary scene has grown in recent years, and the region’s unique cuisine is showcased in hundreds of restaurants throughout the city.

The arts is also important to Winnipeg, and a range of events and festivals are held throughout the year, including Canada’s largest winter festival; Festival du Voyageur. The city has several universities and colleges, the most well-known being the University of Manitoba, which is consistently listed as one of the best universities in the country.

Transport: Often called the ‘Gateway to Western Canada’, Winnipeg is a transport hub, and is served by five national railway lines. It also has direct connections to the US by rail. Winnipeg Transit provides buses for those who wish to avail of public transport within the city.

Economy: The main industries in the city include manufacturing, trade, healthcare and finance. Many government bodies have offices in Winnipeg. The Royal Canadian Mint, which produces Canadian money, is located in Winnipeg. As the city is less expensive than many other Canadian cities, it’s no surprise so many companies choose to locate their offices and operations there.

For more information on Winnipeg, take a look at the official city website.