Winnipeg Nicknames

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  • Winterpeg – the city of Winnipeg is famous for long, cold, snowy winters. This nickname was particularly apt this year (2013-2014) when the city had the worst winter on record since 1898 (116 years ago). The average temperature for December, January and February was around -20, with 30 days of -30 temperatures or lower, and the city received 155 cm of snowfall.
  • The City of Rivers, Three major rivers run through Winnipeg: The Red, The Assiniboine, and the Seine. One of Winnipeg’s top tourist attractions and historic sites is the Forks, where the Red and the Assiniboine meet.
  • The Windy City, The intersection at Portage and Main has been called the windiest intersection in Canada, but the city itself is only the 12th windiest city in Canada.
  • Gateway to the West, This nickname come from Winnipeg’s location on the eastern edge of the Canadian Prairies.
  • Christmas Capital of Canada, This nickname comes from the high number of snowfalls Winnipeg gets in December. The city is almost 100 per cent guaranteed to have a white Christmas, which provides residents with perfect conditions for skating, sleigh rides, snowball fights and snowmen. The snow cover also provides the perfect atmosphere for Christmas lights.
  • The Centre of Canada – Winnipeg is located at 49.8994 degrees North and 97.1392 degrees West, near the longitudinal centre of North America. Because it is midway between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans it has also been called “Bull’s Eye of the Dominion.”
  • The Peg/Peg City
  • The Slurpee Capital of the World, Manitoba was named the Slurpee Capital of the World in July of 2013 for the 14th year in a row by 7-Eleven.