8 Things I didn’t know about Manitoba until I got here

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. “Pegcentricities” (Winnipeg or the “Peg” + eccentricities)

    • “Pegcentricities” means things that are unique to Winnipeg.

    Bus culture

    • 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Neighbourhoods 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.
  6. 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.
    • Want to know more ways to save? Check out the blog Save Money in Winnipeg or join the Facebook Group Penny Pinchers Winnipeg to know the best deals in the city.
  7. Mosquitoes and forest tent caterpillars

    • Summer is mosquito season in Manitoba.
    • The city has scheduled foggings to kill mosquitoes.
    • 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.
  8. 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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