Open Source Encyclopedia


The Manitoba Portal -

Flag of Manitoba
Manitoba is the fifth province of Canada.

Manitoba's capital is the city of Winnipeg.

The name Manitoba comes from the aboriginal word "manitou" which means "Great spirit". Winnipeg, along with other regions in the province, has been known as the "Gateway to the West". Lake Winnipeg is the 11th largest lake in the world and 5th largest in Canada, and along with the sizable Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipegosis, makes up much of the province's nearly 100,000 km² of water area. Manitoba's most widely-used symbol is the Bison, used by the Province of Manitoba along with many sports teams and businesses located within the province. The animal used to roam freely over the vast prairie lands in southern Manitoba and was historically an integral part of trade between many Manitoba First Nations. Another symbol of the area is the Red River ox cart, used throughout most of the 19th century in the fur trade. One of the province's most historical locations is The Forks, the area located in downtown Winnipeg at the confluence of the Red River from the south and the Assiniboine River from the west, which for millennia was a meeting place for aboriginal groups in the area. The province has produced many well-known and successful hockey players, musicians, authors, and artists. Manitoba and its capital city have also been featured in many feature films and television shows, including recent films My Winnipeg and The Stone Angel, as well as The Simpsons episode "Midnight Rx".

MB flag-contour.png More about...Manitoba, its history and diversity

Selected article -

Relief of Manitoba
The Geography of Manitoba is the easternmost of the three prairie provinces, and is located in the longitudinal center of Canada. It borders on Saskatchewan to the west, Ontario to the east, Nunavut to the north, and the American states of North Dakota and Minnesota to the south. On comparative level, Manitoba ranges from 490 ft (150 m) to 980 ft (300 m) above sea level.[1] Baldy Mountain, which is its highest point, is at 2727 ft (831 m). The northern 3/5 of the province is on the Canadian Shield. The northernmost regions of Manitoba lie in tundra and permafrost (permanently frozen subsoil).

All waters in the province flow into Hudson Bay, due to its coastal area. Lake Winnipegosis and Lake Winnipeg are two of its largest lakes. Important rivers are the Red River, Assiniboine River, Nelson River, and Churchill River.

Manitoba has an extreme climate, but southern latitudes allow extensive growth for agriculture. The northern area of the region ranges from coniferous forests to muskeg to tundra in the far north. Before settlement had occurred, a vast portion of southern Manitoba was either flood plain or swamp.[2]. An extensive system for drainage ditches was required for construction throughout south central Manitoba to make the region suitable for cultivation.

Selected biography -

Frederick William Hall,
Frederick William Hall, VC (February 8, 1885 – April 24, 1915) was an Irish born soldier in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry "in the face of the enemy", during the First World War.

Born in Ireland, (Kilkenny, February 8, 1885) he emigrated to Canada around 1910, and lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was 30 years old, and a Company Sergeant-Major in the 8th (Winnipeg Rifles) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War when he performed a deed for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

It was on the night of April 23/24 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres in Belgium that Hall discovered a number of missing men. On the ridge above he could hear moans from the wounded men. Under cover of darkness he went to the top of the ridge on two separate occasions and returned each time with a wounded man.

By nine o'clock the next morning (April 24) there were still some missing men. In broad daylight and under a hail of enemy fire Hall and Cpl Payne and Pte Rogerson crawled out toward the wounded. Payne and Rogerson were both wounded, but returned to the shelter of the front line. When a wounded man, who was lying some 15 yards from the trench, called for help, Company Sergeant-Major Hall endeavored to reach him in the face of very heavy enfilade fire by the enemy.

Did you know? -

  • ...that Manitoba produces more than 25,000 pounds of gold medal, award-winning golden caviar from Whitefish roe and exports it worldwide.

Selected panoramic picture -

Poplar panorama.jpg
Loon Island trail in Riding Mountain National Park


MB flag-contour.png
WikiProject Manitoba.....