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Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba in Canada. It is centred on the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, near the longitudinal centre of North America.
The city is named after the nearby Lake Winnipeg; the name comes from the Western Cree words for muddy water. The region was a trading centre for Indigenous peoples long before the arrival of Europeans; it is the traditional territory of the Anishinabe (Ojibway), Ininew (Cree), Oji-Cree, Dene, and Dakota, and is the birthplace of the Métis Nation.French traders built the first fort on the site in 1738. A settlement was later founded by the Selkirk settlers of the Red River Colony in 1812, the nucleus of which was incorporated as the City of Winnipeg in 1873. As of 2016, Winnipeg is the seventh most populated municipality in Canada, with a resident population of about 825,000. Being far inland, the local climate is extremely seasonal even by Canadian standards with average January highs of around −11 °C (12 °F) and average July highs of 26 °C (79 °F).
Known as the "Gateway to the West", Winnipeg is a railway and transportation hub with a diversified economy. This multicultural city hosts numerous annual festivals, including the Festival du Voyageur, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Jazz Winnipeg Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, and Folklorama. Winnipeg was the first Canadian host of the Pan American Games. It is home to several professional sports franchises, including the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Canadian football), the Winnipeg Jets (ice hockey), Manitoba Moose (ice hockey), Valour FC (soccer), and the Winnipeg Goldeyes (baseball).
You could live in Winnipeg a thousand years and not meet Ringo, Paul McCartney, or Bob Dylan.
With a strong and stable housing market, real estate in Winnipeg is abundant, varied and, most importantly, well-priced. The residential average price is currently set at around $275,000, which is way below the national average. Winnipeg currently boasts a myriad of condominiums and detached homes for sale, whilst duplexes and single attached homes are a bit harder to find thanks to the strong demand.Rental vacancies are similarly stable, at a rate of 2.8%. Bachelor units are the most sought-after housing options, boasting the lowest vacancy rates in the city, whilst one-bedroom rentals are the most abundant. If you’re looking to build the house of your dreams yourself, note that as of this year you’re required to pay an additional impact fee for new residential developments.
As a city with such an impressive and long history, it’s no wonder that Winnipeg is the main cultural centre in Manitoba. It was actually declared the Cultural Capital of Canada in 2010 by Canadian Heritage, officially recognizing its achievements. The city is home to the oldest public art gallery in Western Canada, along with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the oldest ballet company in the entire country. Numerous artist-run cultural centres can also be found in the city, concentrating not only on performing arts, but on photographic and digital arts as well. The Peg is also home to a large number of general and thematic museums with some aimed at adults, whilst others offer educational exhibitions and shows for children as well.
With one of the most diverse economies in all of Canada, Winnipeg offers a wide array of employment opportunities in various fields of work. Aerospace, manufacturing, agribusiness, health care and public administration are among the largest employment sectors in the city. The unemployment rate here has been consistently below the national average, which is also partly due to the diversified economic base of the city. Although the median household income is also below national average, it’s consistently growing and is in accordance with the lower cost of living in the Peg.
The Peg boasts a prominent ice hockey culture, providing a home to several professional teams, most recently the Winnipeg Jets. If you’re not into hockey, then you might go to the local football games and root for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers or enjoy a good old baseball game and cheer for the Winnipeg Goldeyes.If you’d like to practice sports yourself, the city has plenty of places which encourage a wide variety of outdoors activities. Winnipeg’s many parks offer excellent hiking, running and biking trails and often also have nearby playgrounds which your children will definitely appreciate. A handful of golf courses and fitness centres along with specialized sports clubs (like kite boarding, soccer, basketball and even archery) offer diverse recreational opportunities. In the winter make sure you take advantage of the free outdoor skating rinks on the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.