City of Winnipeg
Mayor Brian Bowman
Winnipeg is the largest city and capital of the Province of Manitoba. It is located near the longitudinal center of North America and is also the place of the confluence of the Red and the Assiniboine Rivers. The city is named after nearby Lake Winnipeg, which name comes from the Western Cree words for muddy water. Its population is 705,244 residents as of the 2016 census and covers a land area of 464.08 square kilometers. Known as the “Gateway to the West” Winnipeg is a railway and transportation hub with a diversified economy. The multicultural city hosts numerous annual festivals including the Festival du Voyageur, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg Jazz Festival, Winnipeg Fringe Festival and Folklorama.