Winnipeg is the provincial capital city for Manitoba, Canada’s fifth-most highly populated province trailing Ontario, Québec, British Columbia and Alberta. Notoriously frigid temperatures have earned Winnipeg the nickname “Winterpeg” a term often used by cynics who eschew colder climates.
Guinness World Records documents Winnipeg as being the site of world’s longest ice skating trail. At 5.26 miles (8.5 kilometers), the naturally frozen Assiniboine Credit Union River Trail located at Winnipeg’s The Forks was measured on January 26, 2008.
Winnipeg serves as home to 91 corporate headquarters based on Statistics Canada’s 2011 Head Office Survey report. Examples of Winnipeg-based companies are Great-West Lifeco, Investors Group, James Richardson & Sons Ltd., Manitoba Hydro, New Flyer Industries and Bison Transport.
Manitoba shipped C$13.5 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Manitoban exports are automobiles, machinery, wheat, oil seeds, pharmaceuticals, pork and nickel according to the Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database.
Winnipeg’s unemployment rate was 6.3% as of April 2017 down from 6.5% in effect 12 months earlier.
Capital Facts for Winnipeg, Canada: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Assiniboine Park Zoo, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Investors Group Field, Manitoba Legislative Building, Saint-Boniface Museum, Shaw Park, St Norbert Arts Centre and The Forks National Historic Site
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Winnipeg, Canada
- Clara Hughes, Olympic gold medal speed skater & cyclist (born Sep. 27, 1972)
- Jonathan Toews, professional NHL hockey player (born Apr. 29, 1988)
- Jennifer Jones, Olympic gold medal curler (born Jul. 7, 1974)
- Alexander Steen, professional NHL hockey player (born Mar. 1, 1984)
- Nia Vardalos, actress & screenwriter (born Sep. 24, 1962)
- Darcy Oake, magician (born Sep. 27, 1987)
- Randy Bachman, guitarist (born Sep. 27, 1943)
- Daniel Gillies, actor (born Mar. 14, 1976)
- Burton Cummings, pop singer (born Dec. 31, 1947)
- Susan Auch, Olympic silver medal speed skater (born Mar. 1, 1966)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Winnipeg resident: Winnipegger
Population: 735,600 (Winnipeg city limits)
Density: 4,105 people per square mile (1,585 per square kilometer)
Population: 811,900 (Winnipeg Capital Area )
Density: 397 people per square mile (153 per square kilometer)
GDP: C$38.5 billion as of March 2017 (Winnipeg)
GDP per person: $52,400
Note: The above GDP metrics are 2007-based and are in Canadian dollars.
Official currency used in Winnipeg: Canadian dollars
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Statistics Canada, Labour force characteristics, unadjusted, by census metropolitan area. Accessed on May 16, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on May 16, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
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Winnipeg Free Press, High on the head-office list: Winnipeg ranks third in headquarters-per-capital count. Accessed on May 16, 2017
Within city limits, Winnipeg occupies 179.2 square miles (464.1 square kilometers). The provincial capital city’s population was 735,600 people in 2016.
Including the city of Winnipeg plus its surrounding rural municipalities, cities and towns, the Winnipeg Capital Area has a land area of 2,047.5 square miles (5,303.1 square kilometers) with a capital area population of 811,900 inhabitants.
At the city level, Winnipeg’s population density is 4,105 residents per square mile (1,585 per square kilometer).
Unsurprisingly, population density is lesser within the much larger Greater Winnipeg Area with an average 397 inhabitants per square mile (153 per square kilometer).
Winnipeggers celebrate Canada Day as a national holiday each July 1.