Manitobans are charitable
- Manitoba donates more than any other province in Canada.
- It is among the top five donors in North America.
- Most Manitobans help their community.
- It is normal for Manitobans to do volunteer work.
It has two seasons: winter and construction!
- Summer in Manitoba is a time for road constructions.
- The city repairs potholes and other damage caused by the winter months.
- Expect re-routing and heavy traffic along the roads.
“Pegcentricities” (Winnipeg or the “Peg” + eccentricities)
- “Pegcentricities” means things that are unique to Winnipeg.
- Check the bus schedule before you leave. They can change.
- Always arrive early at the bus stop.
- Small talk at the bus stop is common. People talk about the weather.
- Leave front seats for passengers with baby carriages and the elderly or disabled.
- Help pull the seats up if you are near the front seats.
- Move toward the exit before the bus stops.
Pronunciation of some streets/boulevards.
- Lagimodière Boulevard – lahz-mo-dee-air
- Des Meurons –day-meu-rohn
- Cockburn – coh-burn
- St. Vital – vih-TAL
- It is a fundraising activity for a wedding or a community cause.
- It is a party with food and wine but you may have to pay for them.
- The ticket sold is an entry for a raffle for prizes.
The prairies are extremely beautiful
- Manitoba has extremely clear skies.
- It has vast plots of tall prairie grass and yellow Canola fields.
- You will see gigantic windmills against the electric blue backdrop of Manitoba skies.
- It is amazing scenery unlike anything in the world.
It experiences tornadoes
- Southern Prairie provinces and southern Ontario to southern Quebec are tornado-prone areas.
- Tornadoes usually occur in the summer. They are formed from severe thunderstorms.
- Tornadoes rarely happen.
- The National Building Code of Canada has rules to keep buildings and homes tornado-proof.
Neighborhoods place a high value on manicured lawns
- Manitobans like clean, well-maintained and weed-free front lawns.
- Many homeowners plant and tend gardens in the summer.
Manitobans really love a good deal
- Manitobans are practical.
- They love discounts, tax-free days and other promotions.
- Movies are almost half-price every Tuesday.
- There are free movies at the park or at the beach in summer.
Mosquitoes and forest tent caterpillars
- Summer is mosquito season in Manitoba.
- The city has scheduled foggings to kill mosquitos.
- You can continue enjoying the great outdoors if you have bug spray.
- Forest tent caterpillars infest some trees once every 10 to 15 years.
- An infestation can last two to three years.
- The caterpillars do not harm people.
- But they can cause tree deaths as they eat the leaves.
- Spraying insecticides such as permethrin, pyrethroid, or malathion stops the infestation.
It is historic
- Winnipeg was known as the “Chicago of the North”.
- It was a gateway to Canada’s west between 1880 and 1900.
- Winnipeg was a centre of grain and wholesale trade, finance and manufacturing.
- A reminder of this period is the Exchange District in downtown Winnipeg.
- The Exchange District was named a national historic site in 1997.
- The area has 150 heritage buildings.
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