Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Winnipeg is a major Canadian city, and the capital as well as the largest city of the province of Manitoba. Located in Western Canada, near where the Canadian Shield meets the Prairies, Winnipeg plays a prominent role in transportation, finance, manufacturing, agriculture and education. It is known as the Gateway to the West, and was historically known as the "Bullseye of the Dominion" and "Heart of the Continent", due to its critical location on the Canadian transportation network.

The city is located near the geographic centre of North America. It lies in a flood plain at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers and started around the point now commonly known as The Forks. It is protected from flooding by the Red River Floodway. It is by far Manitoba's largest city with a population of 619,544 people.

Winnipeg offers an abundance of recreational opportunities as it lies in close proximity to hundreds of lakes including Lake Winnipeg, the world's eleventh largest lake, Lake Manitoba, and Lake of the Woods. The city is one of Canada's major cultural centres and is home to the world-famous Royal Winnipeg Ballet. It boasts historic architecture, scenic waterways, and several attractive bridges. Winnipeg hosted the Pan-American Games in 1967 and again in 1999, the only city besides Mexico City to have hosted the event twice.

A resident of Winnipeg is known as a Winnipegger.

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