In Love with a City! Winnipeg!
Winnipeg offering an exceptional quality of life, with a healthy economy, a great social structure and a fabulous list of amenities, making it an easy choice to call home.
Nature as a neighbour
Winnipeg has it all when it comes to natural splendour. The Red River and Assiniboine River run through the city and converge, creating a variety of communities that enjoy waterfront living. Nestled into the foot of Red River Valley, the area is a typical prairie flat and is essentially the entryway to the prairies – popularly known as “Canada’s Gateway to the West.” The city is surrounded by lovely landscapes, from numerous lakes to Canadian Shield parklands and heavily forested areas.
City with a small-town feel. While Winnipeg has grown to a population of more than 700,000 people, it’s got a strong sense of community. It’s got quite a diverse population, with both a strong Francophone community and Aboriginal community as well as a strong diversity of other cultures and immigration origins.
Culture abounds, between heritage sites, museums, natural conservation areas and performance venues. There is the Manitoba Theatre Centre, Manitoba Opera, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Museum and Winnipeg Art Gallery. In the summer Winnipeg is a hub of cultural activity and people flock in for the festivals. The Folk Festival, Folkorama and the Jazz Festival are major attractions.
The Forks has millions of visitors every year. It features many cultural destinations and even has the Guinness World Record for The River Trail – for the longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world.
And finally, Winnipeg has the distinction of being the home and origins of Winnie the Pooh.
A major hub
Whether it’s business or pleasure, there are a lot of people coming and going from Winnipeg annually. In 2012 James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, better known as Winnipeg Airport – or YWG, had 3,538,175, passengers come through according to the Winnipeg Airports Authority’s 2012 Annual Report. It’s one of the few airports in Canada that’s permitted to operate 24 hours a day. It’s the main access airport for the rest of the province, as well as Saskatchewan, and the territories. A huge number of people also visit by land, traveling by train and automobile through the prairies and up north.
A well-planned city
The famous intersection – both known as the windiest intersection in Canada, and appearing in many a great Canadian song – Portage and Main is the intersection at the heart of Winnipeg’s economic centre.
The historic Exchange District has been recognized by the Canadian Historic Society, giving the city great architectural interest and character. With huge numbers of people working and visiting, the city centre is bustling. The city is broken down into 200+ individual neighbourhoods, each with its own flavour and points of interest.