About Winnipeg

From what to pack in July to what kind of currency you’ll need to liquor laws and other useful information; we’ve got everything you need to know before and during your next trip to Winnipeg.

Population: 749,500 (City of Winnipeg 2017)

Climate: Winnipeg experiences a continental climate characterized by four distinct seasons. Average temperatures range between -12° Celsius (+10.4° Fahrenheit) in the winter months to +26° Celsius (+78.8° Fahrenheit) in the summertime. Due to its northern location, Winnipeg residents enjoy 2,300 hours of sunlight annually and up to 16 hours of sunlight daily during the summer months. Winnipeg averages approximately 51.4 centimetres (20.2 inches) of precipitation each year.

Time Zone: Winnipeg is located in the Central Standard Time Zone (CST). In Manitoba Canada Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 am local time on the second Sunday in March. On the first Sunday in November areas on Daylight Saving Time return to Standard Time at 2:00 am. During Daylight Saving Time clocks are turned ahead one hour.

Emergency Information:

  • Emergencies Only – Call: 911
  • Non-emergency Police Services – Call: 204.986.6222

Language: English and French are Canada’s two official languages. English is the predominant language spoken in Winnipeg.
Old St. Boniface - Winnipeg’s French Quarter, is largely French-speaking. Many banks, hotels, airline offices, service institutions, shops and key tourist destinations have multilingual staff.

Currency: The currency used in Winnipeg is the Canadian Dollar. It is recommended that visitors exchange their currency at a bank, a foreign exchange outlet or use a banking machine.

Provincial and Federal Taxes: Goods and services purchased in Manitoba are subject to the Provincial Sales Tax (PST: 8%) and the federal Goods and Services Tax (GST: 5%).

Accommodation Tax: There is a 5% tax on accommodations within the city of Winnipeg. For more information please click here.

Measurement: Canada follows the international metric system. Temperatures, rainfall measures, distance, weights, and velocity are expressed in metric units.

  • Length: 1 kilometre = 0.6 mile, 1 mile = 1.6 kilometre
  • Capacity: 1 litre = 1.06 US quart, 1 US quart = 0.95 litre
  • Weight: 1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds, 1 pound = 0.45 kilogram

Speed conversion:

  • 20 mph = 30 km/h 
  • 30 mph = 50 km/h 
  • 50 mph = 80 km/h

Electricity: Outlets and voltage (110 volts) are the same as in the United States.  For those from other countries, adapters are required for electrical appliances. The frequency of electrical current in Canada is 60 Hz.

Internet: There is free public Wi-Fi available at 130 public facilities, including all city community centres, indoor pools, arenas and libraries. To connect, select the "ShawGuest" network wherever it is available, and accept the terms of use.

Liquor Laws: Spirits, wine and beer are available at Manitoba Liquor Control Commission outlets; wine is also available at private
wine stores; domestic beer also from hotel vendors. Open liquor must be stored in the trunk. Legal age for consumption of alcohol is 18 years. These laws are strictly enforced. “Please drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive.”

Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in all public places including restaurants, bars, malls and sporting events.

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