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Manitoba, in the center portion of Canada,is a province of lakes, farmlands and tundra, which stretches from Hudson Bay to the border of North Dakota and Minnesota in the U.S.A. The Assiniboine and the Red rivers provide white water rafting, fishing and kayaking. Here you can see bison roaming the plains, cross country ski in winter, or catch a star-studded event after a day of shopping in one of the major cities. Manitoba has something for everyone all year long.
Winnipeg is the major city as well as the capital. Located on Trans Canada 1 in the central southern portion of the province, it has been called the "small town friendly but big town fun" place. A city that blends the western way of life with a modern metropolitan vibe, Winnipeg has unique and interesting places to visit. The Exchange District is the commerce section while French influenced St. Boniface has quaint shops and cafes. Visit the zoo and attend one of the many cultural and arts festivals. Then there are the casinos as well as great prices on hotel rooms.
Brandon is known as the Wheat City, but it too is a cultural core. Less than three hours west of Winnipeg, this city on the Assiniboine River is known for its music festivals, farmers markets and Crusin' the Dub car shows. In summer months enjoy free concerts in the park and shopping in the downtown historic sector where there are museums and restaurants connected by nature trails.
Thompson is located near Mystery Lake and is considered the hub of the North. You won't be able to miss the unique high rise with the wolf painted on one side. This is a scientific research center for many manufacturers, but the city is known for its hiking and cross country skiing trails which run through downtown. This is great country for winter and summer activities including fishing, kayaking, and snow sledding. Paint Lake has spectacular waterfalls and islands.
Portage-La- Prairie is one of the sunniest and warmest place in the province to visit. See the world's largest Coca Cola can and historic 18th century French fort. Stay in low cost motels amidst the cottonwood trees shading the streets. Bird watchers enjoy the thousands of Canadian geese.