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Facts about Winnipeg For Kids


The city is named after the nearby Lake Winnipeg; the name comes from the Western Cree words for muddy or brackish water. French traders built the first fort on the site in 1738. A settlement was later founded by the Selkirk settlers of the Red River Colony in 1812, the nucleus of which was incorporated as the City of Winnipeg in 1873.

  • As of 2011, Winnipeg is the seventh most populated municipality in Canada.
  • Known as the “Gateway to the West”, Winnipeg is a railway and transportation hub with a diversified economy.
  • This multicultural city hosts numerous annual festivals, including the Festival du Voyageur, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Jazz Winnipeg Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, and Folklorama.
  • Winnipeg was the first Canadian host of the Pan American Games.
  • It is home to several professional sports franchises, including the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Canadian football), the Winnipeg Jets (ice hockey), Manitoba Moose (ice hockey) and the Winnipeg Goldeyes (baseball).
  • Winnipeg lies at the confluence of the Assiniboine and the Red River of the North, a location now known as “The Forks”.
  • Winnipeg is named after nearby Lake Winnipeg; the name is a transcription of the Western Cree words for muddy or brackish water.
  • Sieur de La Vérendrye built the first fur trading post on the site in 1738, called Fort Rouge.
  • In 1869–70, present-day Winnipeg was the site of the Red River Rebellion, a conflict between the local provisional government of Métis, led by Louis Riel, and newcomers from eastern Canada.
  • Winnipeg has a significant and increasing Aboriginal population, with both the highest percentage of Aboriginal peoples (11.7%) for any major Canadian city, and the highest total number of Aboriginals (76,055) for any single non-reserve municipality.
  • The Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) is Canada’s oldest ballet company and the longest continuously operating ballet company in North America.
  • Winnipeg was the first Canadian city to ever host the Pan American Games, and the second city to host the event twice, in 1967 and again in 1999.
  • There are seven school divisions in Winnipeg: Winnipeg School Division, St. James-Assiniboia School Division, Pembina Trails School Division, Seven Oaks School Division, Division Scolaire Franco-Manitobaine, River East Transcona School Division, and Louis Riel School Division.