|Date Entered Confederation:||July 15, 1870|
|Area:||649,950 Sq Km|
|Population:||Click Here for Population Page|
|Motto:||Glorious and Free|
|Known As:||Keystone Province|
|Provincial Flower:||Prairie Crocus|
|Provincial Bird:||Great Gray Owl|
|Provincial Tree:||White Spruce|
|Lieutenant Governor:||Hon. Philip S. Lee|
|Premier:||Hon. Greg Selinger|
|Political Party:||New Democratic Party|
|Main Products:||Agricultural: Wheat, barley, rapeseed, hay, cattle, pigs, dairy products.|
Manufactured: Food and beverages, machinery, primary metal fabrication, printing and publishing, clothing, pulp and paper, refined petroleum, computers and fiber optics.
Mined: Nickel, zinc, copper
Bordered by Ontario, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories, Hudson Bay and the United States, Manitoba is one of the three Prairie provinces and is located in the centre of Canada.
Elevations rise slowly to the south and west from sea level at Hudson Bay. Most of Manitoba lies between 150 and 300 m above sea level, but in the Turtle, Riding, Duck and Baldy mountains, heights rise to 700 m or higher. The highest point in Manitoba is Baldy Mountain, in Duck Mountain Provincial Park, at 831 m.
Manitoba is known as the land of 100,000 lakes, a legacy of enormous Lake Agassiz which covered much of the province after the glaciers retreated. The major rivers of western Canada flow into the lowland region of Manitoba, giving Manitoba 90% of the hydro-electric potential of the Prairie region. The northern topography is heavily glaciated and covered in forest, dominated by pine, hemlock and birch.
Manitoba is one of the sunniest provinces in Canada. It has a continental climate, with great temperatures extremes. Typical of southern Manitoba, the mean January temperature in Winnipeg is about -20°C; the July average is about 19°C. Northern areas receive colder climate than those in the South
(Text courtesy Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade)
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