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With 650,000 square kilometres (250,000 square miles), Manitoba covers a vast area and includes four distinct geographic regions, each with its own flora, fauna and land features. More than 100,000 lakes cover one sixth of the province, including Lake Winnipeg, the fifth largest freshwater lake in Canada.

Eastern and northern Manitoba are dominated by mineral-rich Canadian Shield, a land of forests, scenic lakes and rivers. The southern regions of prairie and mixed forest and grassland produce wheat, other grains, canola, vegetables, livestock, poultry and dairy products in abundance.

Description: Overview map of Manitoba with major cities and towns markedA land bathed in sunshine...

Manitoba has a true four season climate. In winter, the mercury dips below -20° Celsius (-4° Fahrenheit). Hot, dry summer days bring temperatures above 30° Celsius (86° Fahrenheit) while evenings are pleasantly cool. Yet, whatever the season, Manitoba is known for its bright blue skies.

In fact, Winnipeg, Manitoba's capital city, receives approximately 350 hours more per year of bright sunshine than Toronto or Montreal.

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