Manitoba is Canada’s fifth most populated province, hosting hundreds of institutions and attraction sites. It has a varied landscape ranging from freshwater lakes to tundra vegetation and a lengthy coastline. The region is home to indigenous people such as the Mandan and Ojibwe, as well as nationalities from all over the world. Whether you’re from Manitoba or are planning a trip there, here are some unique facts about this beautiful province you need to know.

1. People Often Leave Their Cars Unlocked in Manitoba

Churchill, Manitoba, is often called the polar bear capital of the world because it is home to thousands of polar bears. To protect its residents, car owners usually leave the doors unlocked to provide a quick escape in case of a bear attack. Please note that this isn’t a law enforced by authorities; it’s more of a moral virtue.

2. Manitoba Once Experienced a Fake Nazi Invasion

In 1942, the Greater Winnipeg Victory Loan Organization and renowned businessman J Perrin organized a fake Nazi invasion of Manitoba and its surrounding areas. They had a team of volunteers wear fake Nazi uniforms and scare people. The gimmick was a fundraiser that collected over $3 million.

3. There are More Than 100,000 Lakes in Winnipeg

Unlike most provinces in Canada, which are usually covered with land, Manitoba has over 100,000 lakes. The two biggest lakes, Winnipegosis and Manitoba, comprise 16% of the province. Other popular ones include Clear Lake, Bird Lake, and Breton Lake.

4. There is a Polar Bear Jail in Manitoba

Churchill, Manitoba, has a holding facility for dangerous or unstable bears. It was first established in 1982 after a man was devoured by bears on the street. Before the bears are jailed, they are tranquilized and driven to the facility. There, they are forced to go for long periods without eating to return to their regular feeding cycle. The facility has more than 28 polar bear jail cells.

5. Manitoba Hosts More Than 130 Festivals

Manitoba is the ideal province to visit if you love festivals, as it hosts more than a hundred such events every year. The most popular ones include the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, and Festival du Voyageur, among others.

6. You Can Spot the Aurora Borealis in Manitoba

If you visit the town of Churchill in Manitoba, you can actually spot the Aurora Borealis, a natural light display in Earth’s sky. The best time to spot them is deep in the night.

7. Manitoba is Home to the Largest Mating Congregation of Red Sided Garter Snakes

For snake lovers, every year in May, thousands of Red Sided Garter Snakes (common garter snake) come to the Narcisse Dens to mate. You can spot them then!

8. Beluga Whales Are Prevalent in Manitoba

While Manitoba is famous for its high bear population, beluga whales are also synonymous with the region. These charming and social animals can be found at Hudson Bay, located on the northern side of the province.

9. Manitoba Sells More Slurpees Than Any Other Canadian Province

Manitoba sells twice the amount of Slurpees that all the other provinces sell combined. Estimates show more than 188,000 Slurpees are sold monthly in Manitoba, highlighting that Manitobans love Slurpees, especially during the hot summer months. The drink has become a part of the Canadian culture over time.

10. A Man in Manitoba Survived 4 Days in the Wild from Tips He Learnt from Survivorwoman

In April 2008, a man got lost in the frozen Manitoba bush for four days. When he was rescued, he credited his survival to a TV show. The survivor, Christopher Traverse, told reporters he used the tips he learned from Survivorwoman to build shelters and eat.

11. Manitoba was Affected by the Great Depression

While this may not be popular, the Great Depression severely affected Western Canada, including Manitoba. From 1929 to 1939, Manitoba experienced severe drought, which led to the world market’s collapse. The locals stopped relying on wheat production and had to explore other food sources.

12. Forests Make Up 48% of Manitoba

In Manitoba, forests make up around 260,000 square kilometers, translating to 48% of the province. A wide range of tree species can be found there, with the most popular being Red Pine, White Pine, Balsam Fir, Birches, and White Spruce.

13. Most Manitobans are Christians

Based on the census conducted in 2021, most people in Manitoba identify as Christians. They make up 54.2% of the population. Other religions, such as Muslims, Jews, and Sikhs, are also present in the region, but in smaller numbers.

14. French is Also an Official Language in Manitoba

Canada generally has two official languages: English and French. However, in Manitoba, English and French are officially used in the judicial and legislative systems of government. This makes perfect sense, considering that many French-speaking Canadians are in Manitoba.

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Last Update: April 5, 2024