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Winnipeg is a culturally diverse city with about 100 languages and nationalities represented throughout the region. Winnipeg is known for its flourishing arts and culture scene, as well as its green spaces and access to outdoor activities. The city features more than 1,100 restaurants as well as numerous attractions, museums, theatres, sports venues and nightspots.
Winnipeg derives its name from the Cree word of “win” for muddy and “nippee” for water. An aboriginal trading centre before the arrival of the Europeans, Winnipeg was at the heart of the country’s fur trade and instrumental in developing Canada’s gateway to the west. Winnipeg was incorporated as a city in 1873 with a population of 1,869. The city saw a 30-year period of growth and prosperity with the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. Winnipeg became a financial centre in Western Canada thanks to a flood of immigrants, high wheat prices and improved farming techniques.
Total population of Census Metropolitan Area (2014) is 782,640
Winnipeg experiences a continental climate characterized by four seasons. Average temperatures range between -12 degrees Celsius (+10.4 degrees Fahrenheit) in the winter months to +26 degrees Celsius (+78.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in the summertime. Due to its northern location, Winnipeg residents enjoy 2,300 hours of sunlight annually and up to 16 hours of sunlight daily during the summer months. Winnipeg averages approximately 51.4 centimeters (20.2 inches) of precipitation each year.
Winnipeg is located in the Central Standard Time Zone (CST).
Emergencies Only – Call: 911
Non-emergency Police Services – Call: 204.986.6222
English and French are Canada’s two official languages. English is the predominant language spoken in Winnipeg although French speaking residents are found throughout the city and the province. St. Boniface, often referred to as the French Quarter of Winnipeg, is at the heart of the Franco-Manitoban community and houses many French speaking institutions including the oldest theatrical institution in North America, Le Cercle Molière and the Université de St. Boniface. The Red River corridor is also known for its bilingual but mainly francophone communities. Manitoba has among the largest number of student per capita who are enrolled in French immersion programs. In addition the Franco-Manitoban school division currently has 24 learning establishments across the province. The majority of large institutions, including the various levels of government, offer services in both official languages. Many banks, hotels, airline offices, service institutions, shops and key tourist destinations have multilingual staff.
Provincial and Federal Taxes
Goods and services purchased in Manitoba are subject to the Provincial Sales Tax (PST: 8%) and the federal Goods and Services Tax (GST: 5%).
There is a 5% tax on accommodations within the city of Winnipeg. For more information please click here.
Spirits, wine and beer are available at Manitoba Liquor Marts; wine is also available at private wine stores; domestic beer also from hotel vendors. Open liquor, while being transported by motor vehicle, must be stored in the trunk. The legal age for consumption of alcohol is 18 years. These laws are strictly enforced by the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba.
Smoking is prohibited in all public places including restaurants, bars, malls and sporting events.