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- Location: South-central Canada
- Capital: Winnipeg
- Language(s): English
- Population: 1,234,464
- Total Area: 649,950 sq km
- Curious Alcohol Fact: Maple syrup seems to be more appreciated than beers.
- Most Popular Drink(s): Maple syrup
- What You Must Do in Manitoba: If you ever find yourself in Manitoba, make sure you take a dip in one of the lakes –or at the very least, a cruise
One of the Prairie Provinces of Canada, Manitoba is a very interesting place, and one that is full of fascinating sites. If you are quite skeptical about this, then it means you have not heard of the fact that the province is home to more than 100,000 lakes! One of these lakes is the well-known Lake Winnipeg, which is easily one of the largest not only in North America but also in the world. To the northern flank of the province is Nunavut while the province of Ontario lies to the east. There is the famous Hudson Bay to the northeast while the American states of North Dakota and Minnesota lie along the southern border. The capital city is Winnipeg and is one of the largest cities in Canada. One thing that you will love about Manitoba (especially if you are a cyclist) is the flat terrain of the province and I noticed that this is a common feature in all the provinces located in the Prairies.
With a population numbering over a million, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that a huge chunk of the population are located in the capital city of Winnipeg and if you want to know where it is really happening in Manitoba, you know where to go. In the province, residents claim to have descended from the English, Germans, Ukrainians, Scottish, Polish, French, Dutch, and Irish. You will also come across the very amazing North American Indians who will leave you impressed with their colorful dresses and interesting cultural practices. Apart from the indigenous Indians, the Ukrainians and Irish have some nice cultural festivals and I attended as much as possible. Most Manitobans are Christians, there are many followers of ancestor worship, especially among the North American Indians, and there is a small population of Sikhs, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists. Manitobans are some of the most interesting Canadians that you will come across, as they really know how to receive tourists.
Agriculture is a major activity in Manitoba and that means you will always have more than enough food crops to consume. Many of the meals in the province are inspired by British traditions but that does not stop you from sampling dishes from the Ukrainians or the North American Indians. From my experience, I will recommend the following for you while staying in Manitoba: pork burger with basil mayonnaise, roasted chicken and wild rice soup. If you want to have the ultimate culinary experience, what you have to do is to go on a hunting expedition with a North American Indian family and at the end of the day, you will munch on roasted reindeer –you will surely find the meat tasty!
While touring Manitoba, I had more than enough maple syrup to guzzle and that is not too surprising considering the fact that Canada is the largest producer of the drink. Manitoba has a specially-flavored maple syrup –and you need at least a sip!
- Manitoba has more than 110,000 lakes!
- One of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, Lake Winnipeg is located in Manitoba.
- French and English are the official languages in the province.
- Manitoba has one of the largest garter snake populations in the world.
- The name 'Manitoba' was derived from one of the local Indian languages and is said to mean 'straits of Manitou, the Great Spirit'.
- Alongside Lake Winnipeg, some of the other lakes in the region include: Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipegosis.
- Manitoba has some of the extensive agricultural farmlands in all of Canada.
- It is the largest producer of sunflowers in Canada.
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