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Introduction

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Winnipeg is the capital and largest city in Manitoba and has around 700,000 inhabitants.

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Weather

Winnipeg has warm summers and cold winters. Temperatures range from 26 °C during the day in summer on average, to -25 °C in winters. Temperatures have been recording though of 42 °C and -48 °C respectively. Precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year with around 9 to 12 days of rain or snow each month. From November to March, most of it is actually snow. Summers are a little wetter regarding the amount of precipitation, around 80 mm a month, compared to around 30 in winter.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max-12.7 °C-8.5 °C-1.1 °C10.3 °C19.2 °C23.3 °C25.8 °C25 °C18.6 °C10.8 °C-0.9 °C-9.7 °C
Avg Min-22.8 °C-18.7 °C-11 °C-2.4 °C4.8 °C10.7 °C13.3 °C11.9 °C6 °C-0.3 °C-9.6 °C-19.1 °C
Rainfall19.7 mm14.9 mm21.5 mm31.9 mm58.8 mm89.5 mm70.6 mm75.1 mm52.3 mm36 mm25 mm18.5 mm
Rain Days11.88.397.310.612.811.410.411.19.49.911.6

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Getting There

By Plane

Winnipeg International Airport (YWG) is where you will depart or arrive by plane to the city.
There are quite a few airlines serving other Canadian cities like Toronto and Vancouver, for example with Air Canada and Air Transat. Destinations to the US include Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Las Vegas and Chicago. There are also flights to popular destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean like Mazatlan, Cancun, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
Light aircraft serve a number of destinations throughout Manitoba and neighbouring provinces and mostly go to the tiny towns in the north. A popular flight within Manitoba is to Churchill.

By Train

The Canadian is operated by ViaRail and travels from Vancouver to Toronto stopping in Winnipeg en route.

The Hudson Bay train is also operated by ViaRail and travels north from Winnipeg all the way to Churchill.

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Getting Around

By Car

Some of the options to rent a car include the following companies:

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Guest House International168 Maryland street Winnipeg, ManitobaHostel-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet usage is wide-spread in Canada. Wi-fi is available in many locations in larger cities, sometimes free and sometimes at a cost. You will find Wi-Fi in coffee stores, some restaurants and also hotels and motels more and more offer this service for free, but with a code usually. Internet cafes are common along major streets, and and in larger cities, charge between $3 and $4 for an hour, usually in 20-minute increments.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Canada is: 1. To make an international call from Canada, the code is: 011. Emergency services can be reached by dialling 911. This number will give you free access to Police, Fire and Ambulance services and can be used from landlines, phone booths and cell phones.

The populous areas of Canada along the border with the USA have excellent cellular and wired telecommunications, meaning that travellers are never fair from an international phone call home, a WIFI connection or an internet cafe. Depending on the mobile phone provider, coverage could be either CDMA and GSM coverage. Travellers wishing to purchase SIM cards for GSM phones should look for Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility, which all offer nationwide availability.

Post

Postal service is provided by Canada Post, a crown corporation owned by the government but run as an independent business. Most post offices keep hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm though in bigger places longer hourse might be available.

To format the envelope of a letter sent within Canada, put the destination address on the centre of its envelope, with a stamp, postal indicia, meter label, or frank mark on the top-right corner of the envelope to acknowledge payment of postage. A return address, although it is not required, can be put on the top-left corner of the envelope in smaller type than the destination address.

The lettermail service allows the mailing of a letter. The basic rate is currently set at $0.63 for one standard letter (30 grams or less). The rates for lettermail are based or weight and size and determine whether the article falls into the aforementioned standard format, or in the oversize one. The rate is the same for a postcard. Mail sent internationally is known as letterpost. It can only contain paper documents. The rate for a standard letter is of $1.10 if sent to the United States, and $1.85 if sent to any other destination. Oversize or overweight letters may be charged a higher fee. Larger parcels can be shipped via Canada post both domestically and internationally, the rate is dependent on the weight and destination. [1]

Federal Express, TNT, UPS or DHL also provide interntional shipping from Canada and are usually very quick and reliable though might cost a little more compared to Canada Post.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 49.895452
  • Longitude: -97.138273

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