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With 650,000 square kilometres (250,000 square miles), Manitoba covers a vast area and includes four distinct geographic regions, each with its own flora, fauna, and land features. More than 100,000 lakes cover one sixth of the province, including Lake Winnipeg, the fifth largest freshwater lake in Canada.

Overview map of Manitoba with major cities and towns marked

Eastern and northern Manitoba are dominated by mineral-rich Canadian Shield, a land of forests, scenic lakes and rivers. The southern regions of prairie and mixed forest and grassland produce wheat, other grains, canola, vegetables, livestock, poultry, and dairy products in abundance.

A land bathed in sunshine ...

Manitoba has a true four season climate. In winter, the mercury dips below -20 Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit). Hot, dry summer days bring temperatures above 30 Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) while evenings are pleasantly cool. Yet, whatever the season, Manitoba is known for its bright blue skies. In fact, Winnipeg, Manitoba's capital city, receives approximately 350 hours more per year of bright sunshine than Toronto or Montreal.

Quick facts:


  • Area: 250,946 miles / 649,950 km
  • Time zone: Central (UTC/GMT -6 hours)
  • Population (est. 2004): 1,173,164
  • Capital: Winnipeg (population (est. 1996): 667,209)
  • Average Daytime Temperatures: Summer = 23C (73F), Winter = -15C (5F)
Aerial view of lakes