Long Distance Moving within Canada - Manitoba
The name Winnipeg is derived from the Cree word meaning “muddy waters”. Winnipeg was founded in 1734 as a fur trading settlement and became a trading post for the Hudsons Bay Company in 1870.
The French explorer Pierre de Laverendrye is credited as being the city’s founder, but archeological evidence shows that nomadic First Nations people had been meeting here for thousands of years previously. The settlement grew rapidly between 1896 and 1910 and soon became the commercial centre for Canada’s grain trade. Winnipeg was incorporated in 1873. It was nicknamed “the Chicago of the North”, as the similarities between the two cities were remarkable.
Winnipeg is an important grain centre for the American continent. As the Gateway to the West, Winnipeg is the financial, commercial, wholesale and manufacturing centre of the Middle West. These varied economic activities give balance and stability to the city.
One force that has forged this great city is the rich cosmopolitan make-up of the population. Since the arrival of the first settlers from Scotland and France, Winnipeg has welcomed large numbers of immigrants from all corners of the globe. Their skills and talents have shaped the character of the city.
Tourism is the latest growing industry, particularly since 1975 when Winnipeg built a multi-million dollar convention centre that can host gatherings with up to 10,000 delegates. Only 102 kilometres from the U.S. border, the city is easily reached by highway, rail and major airlines.
New Residents will discover a city that is large enough to offer the attractions of a major metropolis, yet is so compact that it is still friendly and easy to get around. Winnipeg is a clean, safe, comfortable community with a bustling downtown and tree-lined residential streets.
Winnipeg is a great centre for the sports-minded. After a 15 year absence, the City of Winnipeg is now home to a new National Hockey League franchise, The Winnipeg Jets. It is also the home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
The City of Winnipeg is the capital and largest community in Manitoba. Winnipeg is situated at the confluence of the Red River and Assiniboine River. It is located on the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway #75, which leads south to the US border.
Winnipeg is one of Canada's largest cities, with a population of approximately 671,274.
For more information about Winnipeg:
City of Winnipeg
510 Main St.
Winnipeg has an average July temperature of 21°C and an average January temperature of –15.3°C. The average annual precipitation is 664 mm.
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For information regarding curriculum and enrolment procedures, please contact:
Winnipeg School Division
St. James-Assiniboia School Division #2
River East Transcona School Division
Seven Oaks School Division
Louis Riel School Division
Pembina Trails School Division
Division Scolaire Franco-Manitobaine
For information about Roman Catholic Separate Schools, please contact:
Archdiocese of Winnipeg Catholic Schools
For information regarding other educational institutes, please contact:
Red River College
University of Winnipeg
University of Manitoba
Victoria General Hospital
St. Boniface General Hospital
Seven Oaks General Hospital
Motor Vehicle and Driver Licencing
Driver & Vehicle Licencing
Winnipeg Transit System
Winnipeg Public Library
Cindy Klassen Recreation Centre
Pan Am Pool
Canlan Ice Sports
Gateway Recreation Centre
For information about upcoming events in Winnipeg, visit:
Parks and Recreation
Western Golf Management (Manitoba) Ltd.
St. Boniface Golf Club
Shooters Family Golf Centre
Assiniboine Golf Club
Niakwa Country Club
St. Charles Country Club
St. Norbert Farmers Market
Red River Farmers Market
Winnipeg Folk Festival
Winnipeg International Children’s Festival
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Manitoba Children’s Museum
Assiniboine Park and Zoo
Trails and Pathways
To find a grocery store in the Winnipeg area, visit:
La Grotta Mediterranean Market Ltd.
Cantor's Grocery Co Ltd.
Meats & Grocery
Health Conscious Grocery
Polo Park Shopping Centre
66Q - 1485 Portage Ave.
St.Vital Shopping Centre
86 - 1225 St. Mary's Rd.
Portage Place Shopping Centre
393 Portage Ave.
Grant Park Shopping Centre
1120 Grant Ave.
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For information on bars and nightclubs, visit:
Parks to Visit
Fort Whyte Centre
St. Vital Park
Vimy Ridge Memorial Park
Birds Hill Provincial Park
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Protecting your goods in transit
Handling dangerous goods
Do-it-yourself packing guide