Manitoba Author:Irvin Kroeker When you think of Manitoba, picture in your mind's eye a province full of sunshine that leaps and splashes on the surface of 100,000 lakes and rivers; sunshine that beats down to tan and patient oiled bodies on hundreds of sandy beaches. Picture cool, shaded forest paths, gently rolling farmlands and the stark beauty of lichen-covered rock outc... more »rops.
When you think of Manitoba, imagine the rush of having a trophy-size rainbow trout burst out of churning white water at the end of a line, or the peaceful sight of a moose silhouetted at a river's edge at dusk. Imagine the people, too, sharing a roadside picnic or welcoming you with the high spirits and hearty food of an ethnic festival.
When you think of Manitoba, perhaps you will remember how it felt to paddle a canoe along a silent wilderness shoreline, or the good times in Winnipeg, the sprawling and friendly capital with its rich potpourri of people, its luxury hotels and its splendid cultural events.
When you think of Manitoba, think of clean fresh air, friendly faces and a warm welcome.
The province is often considered to be not only the gateway to East and West, but also the North and South. Its Port of Churchill makes it a viable alternative to other maritime provinces, and its vast number of wilderness lakes and forests present a magnetic attraction.
Manitoba's colourful panorama ranges from the sinuous movement of waving wheatfields, to the rugged and silent beauty of northern forests.
Opportunities for outdoor adventure abound in her provincial parks, providing campgrounds and campsites beside virgin forests of spruce and pine, and crystal clear lakes filled with hungry fish.
Wilderness areas are becoming more and more scarce all over the world, yet people in the province continue to discover lakes and rivers virtually untouched, unspoiled and unfished.
Manitoba's people make the province an enticing place. A cross section of groups, whose roots stretch back to the British Isles, Central Europe, Iceland, Russia and Asia, makes up what is commonly termed "Manitoba's cultural kaleidoscope".
During summer, the kaleidoscope comes to life with numerous festivals celebrating various ethnic backgrounds with music, dancing and feasting. There are many more, from thrilling rodeos to concert performances, and Manitobans delight in them. This is what helps Manitoba cut such an interesting figure which more than a million people call home.« less