About Manitoba

Nature & Environment

At the centre of North America, nature flourishes in wide-open spaces. At the heart of our city, people have gathered for over 6,000 years. Manitoba will surprise you, in any direction you look.



1. ‘Extreme’ly inviting weather

We have the clearest skies year round in Canada, which means year-round possibilities to see breathtaking Northern lights. We also have some of the sunniest winters and springs in the country.

Manitoba may boast Canada’s most extreme temperatures (reaching minus 42 and plus 44 Celsius!) But our usual sunny summer averages are in the moderate mid-20s.

2. Northern wonders

In the North, Churchill is known as the ”Polar Bear Capital of the World” because of its highly accessible opportunities to view polar bears in the wild.

In the same area, over 3000 Beluga whales congregate at the mouth of the Churchill River at Hudson’s Bay. It’s easily one the largest concentrations of these white whales on the planet.

Manitoba is also internationally famous for its opportunities to view Northern lights everywhere in the province, even from our major cities.

3. Spacious living

Province size: 649,950 sq. km

Percentage water: 16

Population density: 2.1 persons per sq. km

Compare that with New York City’s population density of 10,194 per sq. km!

4. Far from just flat

In less than an hour from our capital city, Winnipeg:

You can be sitting on a three-mile stretch of powdered white sand beach at Grand Beach, one of the top 10 beaches in North America.

In less than two hours:

You could zipline through the rolling hills of the Pembina Valley, trek the Spirit Sands desert in Spruce Woods Provincial Park, or view the rocky cliffs and petroforms at Whiteshell Provincial Park.

In less than three hours:

You could be looking deep into Clear Lake at Riding Mountain National Park, so pristine and stunningly blue you’ll think you’re in the Caribbean. The moose, wolves and black bears you may spot along the way will remind you’re not.

5. Water, water everywhere

Manitoba has over 110,000 lakes; that’s one lake for nearly every ten people! Driving 30 minutes in any direction will almost always get you to a clean, unspoiled lake. Perhaps that’s why per capita, we own more cottages than anywhere else in Canada!

6. Like Indiana Jones

The Narcisse Snake Pits, located six kilometers north of Narcisse, Manitoba, is home to the world’s largest concentration of red-sided Garter snakes. It’s an unforgettable experience to watch nearly 50,000 of them emerge from their dens in late spring each year.

7. Birding hot spots

Manitoba is a birder’s paradise. Over 90 per cent of our birds do not winter here, so you can witness giant flocks – hundreds of thousands throughout the fall – stop at our wetlands as they head south.

Some top spots for birding:

    • Oak Hammock Marsh: A 36-square kilometre wildlife management area featuring 30 kilometres of trails, and an internationally acclaimed Interpretive Centre.

    • Delta Marsh: One of the largest and most famous freshwater marshes in the world. Nearly 300 species have been sighted within this unique wetland.

    • Assiniboine Forest: a 700-acre urban forest, marsh and wildlife area.

8. A top three trio

Our Biggest Cities:

    • Winnipeg

    • Brandon

    • Thompson

Our Biggest Lakes:

    • Lake Winnipeg

    • Lake Winnipegosis

    • Lake Manitoba

Our Most Popular Languages:

    • English

    • German

    • French