More than 1.3 million people call Manitoba home, and it's not hard to see why. For some, it's about enjoying the peace and quiet of the prairies and the forests that cover the province. For others, it's about the thriving economy and endless work opportunities to be found around Winnipeg, Brandon or Portage la Prairie. Whatever your desire in life, Manitoba has it.
Manitoba is the first of Canada's western provinces. It borders Ontario to the east, Saskatchewan to the west, Nunavut to the north and the U.S. states of North Dakota and Minnesota to the south. Winnipeg, also known as "The Peg," is the provincial capital and the largest city. It's also Canada's seventh-largest city. Manitoba is divided into regions, and the largest region is the vast Northern Region that stretches from the shores of Lake Winnipeg all the way to Hudson Bay and the Nunavut borer.
Manitoba stands out from other prairie provinces because of its eclectic mix of environments. The southern sections of the province have a humid seasonal climate while northern regions are subarctic, so you'll enjoy the weather no matter what season you prefer. It also has a pleasant mix of forests from the Canadian Shield, farmlands dotting the southern and western landscapes, and lots of lakes of all sizes. Because of its flat, inland location, summers and winters can be fairly extreme in terms of temperature, but averages for the year are still pleasant enough for all to enjoy.
Not only is Manitoba beautiful, but it's also vibrant. Winnipeg and Brandon have everything a city should have from tourist destinations to theatres, restaurants and exciting nightlife. Nature lovers will enjoy Lake Winnipeg and the northern city of Churchill, which is better known as the polar bear capital of the world. Little Iceland can be found in the centre of the province revolving around the city of Gimli, giving residents a unique opportunity to take in Icelandic-Canadian culture. Best of all, real estate prices in Manitoba are fairly affordable, and even Winnipeg offers relatively cheap yet luxurious options.