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, Anishininewuk, Dakota Oyate, Denesuline and Nehethowuk Nations and is the Homeland of the Red River 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.