- City Guide - Winnipeg
Welcome to Winnipeg – the City of Culture.
Winnipeg is the capital - and largest city – of Manitoba, Canada. Winnipeg is the primary municipality of the Winnipeg Capital Region, and houses more than half of Manitoba's population – over 660,000 people.
Through archaeology, petro glyphs, rock art and oral history, scholars have learned that native peoples used the area in prehistoric times for camping, hunting, tool making, fishing, trading, and agriculture. The first French officer arrived in the area in 1738, the North West Company built Fort Gibraltar in 1809, and the Hudson's Bay Company built Fort Douglas in 1812. On November 8th 1873 Winnipeg was incorporated as a city, and was named by James McKay - Manitoba and Northwest Territories legislator.
Winnipeg has a diversified economy, covering finance, manufacturing, transportation, food and beverage production, culture, government, retail, and tourism. There are approximately 409,500 people employed in Winnipeg and the surrounding area, with some of Winnipeg's largest employers being: The Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba, the Health Sciences Centre, and Manitoba Hydro. Some of the large private sector employers in Winnipeg include: Shaw Cablesystems, Manitoba Telecom Services, Great-West Life Assurance, Motor Coach Industries, New Flyer Industries, Boeing Canada Technology, Bristol Aerospace, Nygård International, and Investors Group.
Combining the food, art and culture of a bustling cosmopolitan city with small town charm, is how Winnipeg offers both residents and visitors alike a unique and unforgettable experiences. Winnipeg is home to more than 1,100 restaurants that offer everything from exotic dishes to authentic mom-and-pop style food. Winnipeg is home to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and so much more – which is why it is called the “cultural cradle of Canada”.
Combining the food, art and culture of a bustling cosmopolitan city with plenty of small town charm, Winnipeg is waiting to offer you unique and unforgettable experiences.