Manitoba is bordered in the west by Saskatchewan and in the east by Ontario, and is one of Canada's three prairie provinces. As the northern region of the province is comprised largely of undeveloped wilderness, much of Manitoba's population is located in the southern part of the province in cities like Brandon, Flin Flon and the capital city of Winnipeg. With a unique and diversified economy that includes industries as far ranging as agriculture, mining, energy and education, Manitoba – like many regions within Canada - has been dramatically shaped by the culture and history of the Native populations.
A Little About Manitoba
The area that makes up present day Manitoba has been inhabited by a variety of First Nations bands, from the Metis to the Inuit, for more than 6000 years. While the arrival of the Europeans and the fur trade in the 17th century brought many changes to the region, it finally became known as Manitoba in 1870 after much upheaval between the native population and the local government. Containing Lake Winnipeg, one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world, and located along Hudson Bay, the province and its lakes and rivers were an important resource for the Hudson's Bay Company for many years and remain a draw for the province.
Entertainment & Attractions
For visitors and locals alike, there are many prominent festivals and museums located in Winnipeg and throughout Manitoba. The capital city is host to one of the largest Folk Festivals in North America, and also welcomes the Fringe Festival and Festival du Voyageur, which celebrates the rich history of the region. In addition, the province offers a number of museums including the Manitoba Museum for local history; the Living Prairie museum, which explores the province's geography; and the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, which has the largest collection of marine reptile fossils to be found in the entire country.
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