Winnipeg is a city located at the junction of the Assinboine and Red rivers. The city is close to the geographic center of North America. The city has a ethnically diverse population and over the years it has had a slow but steady growth. Winnipeg dominates the Manitoba economy and it is the 8th largest city in Canada.
Since 1738, there has been fur trading posts in Winnipeg. In 1812, there was a group of Scottish crofters who settled permanently in the area. In 1873, the city was incorporated and it had a population of just over 1800 people. In 1885, the Canadian Pacific Railway came through the city and introduced a 30 year period of prosperity and growth.
The growth included a flood of immigrants into the city and it became the wholesale administrative and financial center of Western Canada. This was due to the combination of plentiful capital, high wheat prices, and improved farming techniques. After World War I the economy suffered a stagnation period. This was due to poor wheat prices and the Great Depression. However, starting in 1945 the city of Winnipeg grew steadily and was once again a major transportation, manufacturing, grain, and financial center.
The name Winnipeg originates from the Cree language and it means muddy water. The reason for this is because of the mixing of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Winnipeg is located sixty miles north of the US border and forty miles south of Lake Winnipeg. It is almost at the midway point between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
Today we see the city of Winnipeg as the “Friendly City of the Nation” and is extends a very warm western welcome to all of its visitors. The city is now noted for its fine motor hotel and hotel accommodations as well as many excellent restaurants. It is also often called a shopper’s paradise because of the many fine shopping facilities. It is just one of the cities in Canada that does not have a general sales tax.
The residents of Winnipeg can enjoy many of the outdoor activities that come both in summer and winter. The activities include outdoor sports, ice-skating, boating, swimming, golf, and tennis just to name a few. There are exceptional fishing spots in the many lakes throughout the province and the spots are easily accessible by first-class highways. A trip to Winnipeg should include a visit to Assiniboine Park and Kildonan Park.