Last updated: 06:00 PM ET, Mon March 26 2018
Winnipeg skyline as seen from The Forks. The Human Rights Museum is on the right. Picture taken on September 6, 2014. (photo via OlgaRadzikh / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

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Landscape featuring the Manitoba Legislative Building which is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (photo via IanChrisGraham / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
Landscape featuring the Manitoba Legislative Building which is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (photo via IanChrisGraham / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba, Canada, at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, commonly known as the Fork, 30 km/20 miles north of the US border. It is located in the prairies of Western Canada, in a tall grass ecosystem. A focus for trans-Canada and Canada-US traffic it is a market and transshipment point. The city expanded with the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1881.

Winnipeg is the principal educational, cultural and tourist center of the province. It is home to the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg and the site of the Centennial Centre Complex, containing the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature, with a planetarium. A Concert Hall, home to the city's symphony orchestra, theatre and ballet companies can also be found in Winnipeg.

A central building in Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg. Photo taken at sunset. (photo via OlgaRadzikh / iStock / Getty Images Plus)
A central building in Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg. Photo taken at sunset. (photo via OlgaRadzikh / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Other places of interest include the Winnipeg Art Gallery, with a large collection of Inuit Art, the Forks National Historic Site, on the old fur-trading grounds at the junction of the rivers, the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Center, the Transcona Regional History Museum and the Manitoba Children's Museum and the zoo in Assiniboine Park.

Winnipeg is well known for its murals. Many buildings in the downtown area and extending into some suburban areas have murals painted on the sides of buildings. Many are historical paintings, school art projects, or downtown beautification projects. Murals can also be found on several of the downtown traffic light switch posts and fire hydrants.

The city is directly connected to the United States, via Provincial Trunk Highway 75 (PTH 75) (a northern continuation of I-29 and US 75). The highway runs 107 km (66 mi) to Emerson, Manitoba and is the busiest Canada, United States border crossing between Vancouver and the Great Lakes.