Facts & Trivia
Winnipeg – creative, intelligent and culturally diverse
Winnipeg is the vibrant capital of Manitoba, located at the geographical centre of North America. Richly steeped in history, Winnipeg’s multicultural birthplace is marked at the junction of the Red and the Assiniboine Rivers, now a green urban oasis known as The Forks. Recognized as the 2010 Culture Capital of Canada, Winnipeg is a mid-sized city of over 740,000 culturally diverse people, who bring a cosmopolitan, international flair to the city, as well as a warm welcoming spirit. The city’s diverse cultural make-up shines brightly through its globally inspired cuisine, wide array of world-class arts, culture and festivals, many one-of-a-kind shops and trendy boutiques, and widespread opportunity to experience the wonders of nature and breathtaking prairie scenery throughout the seasons.
The Peg, Peg City, The Slurpee Capital of the World, Winterpeg, The Windy City, The City of Rivers, Gateway to Western Canada, Christmas Capital of Canada, The Centre of Canada
Famous People from Winnipeg
Famous Winnipeggers include author Carol Shields, film maker Guy Maddin, comedian David Steinberg, movie director Ken Finkleman, children's entertainer Fred Penner, television star Monte Hall, film star Len Cariou world champion curler Jeff Stoughton, native leader Phil Fontaine, media mogul Izzy Asper, Olympic speed skaters Clara Hughes and Cindy Klassen, professional wrestler Chris Jericho, sculptor Leo Mol, author and political activist Nellie McLung, Metis leader Louis Riel, and many, many others.
Top 10 Fun Facts About Our City
What do Bugs Bunny, Brad Pitt, James Bond and the song American Woman all have in common? Winnipeg – of course! Learn more about these famous names and many other interesting people, places and things that put Winnipeg on the map.
- In 1914, WWI Captain Harry Colebourn took a black bear he named Winnie (after his hometown Winnipeg) to England as his Regiment’s mascot. When he shipped out to France, he donated the bear to the London Zoo. Author A.A. Milne’s son Christopher so loved the bear that Milne crafted stories about his boy and the bear, “Winnie the Pooh”.
- Winnipeg’s Exchange District is designated as a National Historic Site by the Canadian Government due to its rich collection of turn-of-the-last-century terracotta and stone cut buildings, unrivalled in all of North America. This is the area where “Shall We Dance?” (starring Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere) and “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck) were filmed. Other popular film and television projects filmed in Winnipeg include “Capote” (starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman), “You Kill Me”( featuring Ben Kingsley and Tea Leoni), “New in Town” (starring Rene Zellwegger and Harry Connick Jr.) and award winning HBO comedy, “Less Than Kind”
- Winnipeg's contribution to popular music includes rockers Neil Young, Burton Cummings (The Guess Who), Randy Bachman (BTO), the Crash Test Dummies, the Watchmen, Chantal Kreviazuk, Lenny Breau, the Weakerthans, The Waking Eyes, The Wailin’ Jennys, Bif Naked, Ray St. Germain, Sierra Noble and many others.
- Winnipegger Charles Thorson worked as part of the design team that created Bugs Bunny, Snow White, Elmer Fudd and Little Hiawatha.
- The Second World War’s most famous spymaster Sir William Stephenson, the man called Intrepid, was the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s 007. He was born and raised in Winnipeg.
- Winnipeg is home to one of the largest communities of French Canadians west of the Great Lakes.
- Winnipeg’s Union Station was designed by the same architects responsible for the Grand Central Station in New York City.
- Winnipeg produces over 25,000 pounds of gold medal-winning Golden Caviar and sells it worldwide to some of the best restaurants.
- Winnipeg was the first city in the world to develop the 911 emergency phone number.
- Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, headquartered in Winnipeg, is the first national Aboriginal network in the world.
To learn more Fun Facts about Winnipeg please see our Factoids brochure.