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Manitoba (MB) is the easternmost of the three prairie provinces, right in the centre of Canada. It became a province in 1870.
Land in the southwest is used for agriculture. The north is Precambrian Shield. and further north is tundra and permafrost. Manitoba has over 100,000 lakes and all rivers flow to Hudson Bay. The highest point in Manitoba is Baldy Mountain, in Duck Mountain Provincial Park, at 831m (2,726ft).
Manitoba's economy is based on agriculture, forestry, minerals, fisheries and high-technology industries. Some of Manitoba’s top tourist activities include watching beluga whales and polar bears, hiking, horseback riding, and camping throughout more than 50 national and provincial parks.
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Cities, Towns & Communities
North of 53
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Date Manitoba entered confederation
July 15, 1870
Area of Manitoba
647,797 sq km (250,116 sq miles)
101,592 sq km (39,225 sq miles)
Most of Manitoba is between 150 to 300m (500 to 1,000ft) above sea level, while the Turtle, Riding, Duck and Baldy mountains are 700m (2,300 feet) or higher. Manitoba is known as the land of 100,000 lakes. Lake Winnipeg, Lake Winnipegosis, and Lake Manitoba dominate the southern topography. The north has evidence of glacial movement and is forested.
Capital city of Manitoba
Population of Manitoba
1,208,268 (Statistics Canada, 2011 Census)
Residents are known as
Indigenous people of Manitoba
Metis, First Nation, Registered or Treaty Indian, Non-Status Indian & Inuit
Main Manitoba industries
Manufacturing, agriculture, hydroelectricity and mining
Manitoba statutory holidays (in addition to national holidays)
Louis Riel Day, third Monday in February
Professional Sports Teams
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Source: Government of Canada Maps
Manitoba is one of the sunniest provinces in Canada. It has a continental climate with great temperature extremes. Summer temperatures range from 17 to 24°C in June, and 8 to 18°C in September. Winters range from -13 to 0°C.
Central Time Zone, observes daylight savings time