About Manitoba
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About Manitoba

Get some background before you begin exploring.

A visit to Manitoba means travelling through Treaty 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Territory and through communities who are signatories to Treaties 6 and 10. It encompasses the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Anish-Ininiwak, Dakota, Dene, Ininiwak and Nehethowuk and the homeland of the Métis.

Manitoba's ongoing existence is thanks to Indigenous ancestors and their present-day relatives, who continue to love and care for the land.

Acknowledging these original caretakers is a reminder of our unique heritage, our important relationships, and our obligations to and shared responsibilities with Indigenous peoples.
  • Manitoba is located at the longitudinal centre of Canada and is home to 1.2 million people
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba’s capital city, has a population of just over 700,000 people
  • There are over 100,000 lakes and waterways across Manitoba's 649,950 sq km (250,000 sq mi)
  • Manitoba is home to five distinct ecozones: prairie, boreal plains, boreal shield, taiga shield and Hudson plains
  • Manitoba has more than 90 parks to explore, including two National Parks (Riding Mountain National Park and Wapusk National Park)
  • Pimachiowin Aki, located over Manitoba's eastern border, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site shared with Ontario
  • The average summer temperature in Manitoba is +26°C (79°F); the average winter temperature is -12°C (10°F)
  • Manitoba's official languages are English and French, and many service providers offer service in both languages
  • Time Zone: Central Standard Time


A brief history of the development of Manitoba.

Educational Resources

After you’ve read a brief history of Manitoba, here’s an overview of Manitoba today.