Manitoba is a province situated in the centre of Canada. It’s one of the three prairie provinces (with Alberta and Saskatchewan). It’s has a widely varied landscape. The province is bordered by the provinces of Ontario to the east and Saskatchewan to the west.
In 1979 French stopped being the official language, so schools couldn´t teach it, but in 1985 it became the main language and schools started teaching it again .
The name Manitoba comes from three different languages which are: Cree, Ojibwa and Assiniboine. Its language has its origin. From the Cree is manitou-wapow and from Ojibwa is manidoobaa. That means ´´The Great spirit``, this is a place called ´´The Narrow`` in the center of Manitoba.
English and French are spoken in Manitoba.
Some of the cities of Manitoba are for example: Brandon, Thompson, Churchill, Oak Lake and Winnipeg which is Manitoba’s largest city. It’s also the capital.
EVENTS AND FESTIVALS:
- FESTIVAL DU VOYAGEUR:
Every winter in Winnipeg’s French quarter, there is a winter paradise which is one of the largest winter festival in Western Canada. The objective is to promote the French language and culture with some artistic, educational, historical and cultural experiences inspired by the voyageur era. In the event some artists participate in many ways like singing.
- Winnipeg Folk Fest:
It attracts thousands of people every year. The Winnipeg Folk Fest is a celebration of folk music, where you can camp for the whole festival, everybody can do it!!, from young to old people. If you don’t want to camp for so long, you also can chill out and rest one day. There are drum circles and fire dancers. You can enjoy this party for four amazing days! You can do many things like eating from a food truck or see a show. If you go to Winnipeg Folk Fest, you will have fun!
- Red River Exhibition:
A lot of memories are made at the Red River Ex each year. It is a very common event of Manitoba in summers. You can go for the rides or have lunch. In the Red River Ex there are rides for all ages, carnival games, a petting zoo, plenty of food sold by people and… a Polar Express! What would summer be without at least one ride on the Polar Express? You should go and try these exciting activities!
Manitoba has more than 100,000 lakes, including Lake Winnipeg, one of the world’s largest lakes in that area. A big part of the province’s land area is forested.
You can visit the Oodena Celebration Circle. It’s a natural amphitheatre between two rivers. There you can see a monument dedicated to the natives who lived there many years ago. There are also some sculptures, one of them it’s a solar clock used to observe the stars.
Another interesting activity is to visit the Eskimo Museum in Churchill. It’s a small museum with objects created from eskimos. Many of those objects are made with animal’s bones. They represent eskimos’ lifes. I recommend going because it’s really good!
Churchill is the best place to enjoy seeing polar bears walking free and in summer it’s a perfect place to see whales.
In winter they hibernate but in spring is the time you can see them.