Welcome to Winnipeg, home to the worlds most beloved bear Winnie-the-Pooh. As the capital city of Manitoba and the largest city in the province Winnipeg is a multicultural and diverse city better known as the “cultural cradle of Canada.” A population of 793,400 people, bordering almost 100 languages.
NASA has named a plot of land on Mars after the city, based on the fact that Winnipeg has confirmed to have been colder than Mars. Winnipeg also experiences the highest rates of sunshine per year, the most in all of Canada. This vibrant city comes well equipped with museums and many artsy festivals, which has the city flooding with talent during “theatre season.”
Winnipeg is located just 100 kilometres from the United States border and it represents 54.9% of the population of Manitoba. Tagalog is the second most official language spoken in Winnipeg, French being its first. The city sits at the intersection of the Red and the Assiniboine River, this meeting place is referred to as The Forks. The largest group of immigrants in Winnipeg are Filipinos, visible minorities make up 16.3% of Winnipeg’s population. Immigrants flock to this city looking for better jobs and living conditions.
Northland Healthcare Products is Manitoba’s largest supplier of health care products and services. Manitoba’s residence qualify for medical coverage with Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors only if residency is permanent, visitors and tourist are not eligible.
To apply for coverage, you will need to:
- Complete a Manitoba Health Registration Form
- Provide previous health card number.
- Provide proof of citizenship (Copy of birth certificate or Canadian Citizenship Card)
Since being a culturally diverse city “Winnipeggers” are generally friendly and welcoming of newcomers, Winnipeg is protected by Winnipeg Police Services with over 1,442 police officers. There are many community centres offering various programs and activities to get involved in, including dance classes, kiddies play groups and social clubs.
Getting around Winnipeg
Winnipeg is one of the first Canadian cities of its size to have a ring road, which provides a by-pass for travelers on the Trans-Canada Highway. Winnipeg Transit is the city’s most used public transportation service which has bus routes throughout the city. A monthly public transport ticket could cost you around C$ 87 per month or you could use the Downtown Spirit shuttle bus for free covering Portage Avenue, The Forks, Broadway and many other routes. Though there are many other ways to get around in Winnipeg, public transport seems to be the most commonly used. If you would like to see more of the city, exploring Winnipeg by foot is made convenient with indoor walkways to accommodate during the winter season, complete with over 200 shops.