General Winnipeg Facts

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  • “Winnipeg” comes from the Cree Indian name given to the lake 40 miles north which means “Win” – muddy and “nipee” – water
  • Winnipeg is the capital and largest city in the province of Manitoba, it is the eighth largest city in Canada and has a population of 778,400
  • Winnipeg was named the Culture Capital of Canada in 2010
  • Winnipeg’s Exchange District is designated as a National Historic Site by the Canadian Government because of the rich collection of turn-of-the-last-century terracotta and stone cut buildings which are unrivaled in North America
  • Several well-known films and shows have been shot in Winnipeg including: Shall We Dance?, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Capote, You Kill Me, New in Town and Less Than Kind
  • Union Station, at 123 Main Street was designed by the same architects responsible for Grand Central Station in New York City
  • Winnipeg was the first city in the world to develop the 911 emergency phone number
  • Winnipeg produces more than 25,000 pounds of gold-medal winning Golden Caviar and sells it world-wide
  • The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network is the first national Aboriginal network in the world and it is headquartered in Winnipeg