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 2004 movie, "Shall We Dance" and 2005 movie, "Capote" and 2007 movie, "Full of It" and 2007 movie, "Across the Universe" and 2007 movie, "The Assassination of Jesse James"
Setting for 2004 movie, "Stryker"
Well-known residents have included:
· Tommy Douglas, New Democratic Party leader, premier of Saskatchewan and grandfather of actor Kiefer Sutherland
· Terry Fox, who ran a "Marathon of Hope" across Canada despite having lost a leg to cancer
· Anna Paquin, actress
· Neil Young, musician
Local bands: Guess Who, Crash Test Dummies
Nearby parks & recreation: Assiniboine Park, Kildonan Park, La Barriere Park, Little Mountain Park, Birds Hill Provincial Park
Performing arts: Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Le Cercle Moliere, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Attractions: Assiniboine Park Zoo, Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, Royal Canadian Mint, Casinos
Sports teams: Blue Bombers (CFL), Manitoba Moose (AHL), Goldeyes (Northern League Baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Clothing & Textiles Hallway Museum, Dalnavert Museum, Fire Fighters Museum of Winnipeg, Fort Garry Horse Museum & Archives, Historical Museum of Saint James-Assiniboia, Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada, Living Prairie Museum, Manitoba Children's Museum, Manitoba Crafts Museum & Library, Manitoba Electrical Museum & Education Centre, Manitoba Indian Cultural Education Centre, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, Ogniwo Polish Museum, Saint Vital Historical Society, Saint-Boniface Museum, Transcona Historical Museum, Urban Shaman Gallery, Western Canada Aviation Museum, Winnipeg Railway Museum, Pavilion Gallery Museum, Seven Oaks House Museum, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba Museum, Air Force Heritage Museum, Anthropology Museum, Aquatic Hall of Fame and Museum
Colleges and universities: University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg Technical College, Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology