The Canadian Shield covers most of the province where it is a level of landscape of plains and plateaus with areas of forests and lakes. The Hudson Bay area is generally flat as the slope goes towards the northeast. The Hudson Bay region is also covered by thin soil all over the forests and tundra. In the southwestern region, it is mainly mountains including the Duck, Pembina and Porcupine ranges. The province’s highest point of mountain, Baldy Mountain, is located in the Duck Mountains range. As mentioned above, Manitoba is genuinely covered with lakes, particularly in the southern region which includes the fifth largest lake in the entire Canada, Lake Winnipeg.
Manitoba is considered a “sunny province” where it is always ranked first place for the clearest skies. The three main climatic regions include the northern section, the southern section and the southwestern section. The northern region has long and extremely cold winter as opposed to the short and warm summers. The temperature during winter can be as cold as -40 degree celcius. In the southern areas, including the capital city Winnipeg, it is a humid continental climate zone which means there is a large seasonal temperature differences. It is one of the few areas in Canada that is highly humid but with a moderate precipitation. The southwestern region of Manitoba is cold and windy in the winter and experiences blizzards a lot more due to the openness of the landscape. Summer is similar to the northern region where it is warm to hot, with a low humidity. Manitoba’s climate is mainly affected by its generally flat landscape in most of the areas which explains the harsh and cold winter in most areas. Southern region of Manitoba also have a high chance of experiencing tornado as it is located north of “tornadoes alley.”
Manitoba has lots of colorful festivals, fishing and hunting venues as well as historical sites. The northern region is best known for spotting beluga whales and northern lights. It is also known for Churchill which is the largest polar bear capital of the world. Winnipeg is known for cultural events and sport events. Manitoba offers a wide range of entertainment for each and every single person, from arts to outdoor activities. The options are limitless and Manitoba is truly a great place to be.
2 interesting facts
- Manitoba is one of the three prairie provinces in Canada.
- Winnipeg is the largest city. About 684,000 people live there.