2001 population: 619,544
(Source: Statistics Canada)
Winnipeg is in the province of Manitoba. It is at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers. The city is the provincial capital.
The city name derives from Cree for "murky water."
Former and merged community names include:
· Fort Garry
The community developed around Fort Garry, a fur-trading post.
When employers refused to recognize the Metal Trades Council as the union bargaining agent in 1919, workers responded with a general strike. The action heightened "anti-foreign" sentiments, and led to federal intervention.
In a face-off later known as "Bloody Saturday," one person was killed and many were hurt. The government later deported 34 foreigners involved in the strike.
The intersection of Portage and Main is known as the "windiest corner in Canada."
Filming location for 2003 movie, "The Italian Job" and 2005 movie, "Capote" and 2007 movie, "Across the Universe" and 2004 movie, "Shall We Dance" and 2007 movie, "Full of It" and 2007 movie, "The Assassination of Jesse James"
Setting for 2004 movie, "Stryker"
Well-known residents have included:
· Terry Fox, who ran a "Marathon of Hope" across Canada despite having lost a leg to cancer
· Neil Young, musician
· Tommy Douglas, New Democratic Party leader, premier of Saskatchewan and grandfather of actor Kiefer Sutherland
· Anna Paquin, actress
Local bands: Crash Test Dummies, Guess Who
Nearby parks & recreation: Assiniboine Park, Kildonan Park, La Barriere Park, Little Mountain Park, Birds Hill Provincial Park
Performing arts: Le Cercle Moliere, Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Attractions: Assiniboine Park Zoo, Royal Canadian Mint, Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, Casinos
Sports teams: Blue Bombers (CFL), Goldeyes (Northern League Baseball), Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Historic sites and museums: Manitoba Crafts Museum & Library, Western Canada Aviation Museum, Dalnavert Museum, Manitoba Indian Cultural Education Centre, Pavilion Gallery Museum, Fort Garry Horse Museum & Archives, Ogniwo Polish Museum, Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada, Saint-Boniface Museum, Manitoba Children's Museum, Clothing & Textiles Hallway Museum, Urban Shaman Gallery, Manitoba Electrical Museum & Education Centre, Fire Fighters Museum of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Railway Museum, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, Seven Oaks House Museum, Historical Museum of Saint James-Assiniboia, Saint Vital Historical Society, Living Prairie Museum, Transcona Historical Museum, Manitoba Museum, Anthropology Museum, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Air Force Heritage Museum, Aquatic Hall of Fame and Museum
Colleges and universities: University of Manitoba, Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Technical College