October 27 2011 by Bryson Forbes
As you very well may know, Winnipeg is the capital and largest city in the province of Manitoba. In fact, Winnipeg is the seventh largest city in Canada based on population. In relative terms, the seventh most populated city in the United States is San Antonio. The number seven is especially meaningful this year as the city welcomed back Canada's seventh NHL hockey team, The Jets, after a fifteen-year hiatus!
The city has been abuzz all summer and that excitement finally boiled over on Thanksgiving weekend as The Jets hosted their first home game. It was the hottest ticket in the country and many famous Canadians were on hand including Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Winnipeg seems to be enjoying the limelight and the positive attention surrounding the team. It's true that Winnipeg does get picked on for its very cold and windy winters and many Canadians refer to Winnipeg as "Winter"peg!
With the Jets back and the wave of optimism abound, here are seven wonderful facts and things to see in Winnipeg that should help get this great city on your must-see list:
- Winnie the Poo - yes, the lovable bear's passport would need to show his legal name, which is Winnipeg! A Canadian Lieutenant named the bear after the home of his military regiment. A.A. Milne who came across the bear in England adapted the name for his famous books.
- Check out the The Royal Winnipeg Ballet. It is Canada's oldest and longest running ballet company in North America.
- Canada's wealthiest person, David Thomson, is not only a Winnipeg native, but he now owns the Jets! His estimated net worth is twenty three billion dollars (Canadian funds). Speaking of money, a great place to check out is the Royal Canadian Mint, printing all of David's money right in Winnipeg!
- The cell phone and 911 emergency services were both invented in Winnipeg.
- The largest urban forest is located in Winnipeg called Assiniboine. It spans more than 1,100 acres and includes a park, zoo and railway. It is a fantastic day trip for the entire family!
- The first team to ever win the gold medal in hockey at the Olympics was the Winnipeg Falcons in 1920.
- Although the climate is consistently criticized, Winnipeg is ranked second in Canada for total hours of sunshine. Only Penticton, B.C. gets more sun!
I hope this discussion tweaks your interest in Winnipeg. If so, there are two fantastic BEST WESTERN properties to choose from. Let me your thoughts about Winnipeg and in the meantime, go Jets go!