Manitoba’s capital and largest city, Winnipeg is Canada’s eighth-largest city, and about 60% of the provinces population lives there. The province has over 110,000 lakes. The provinces agriculture is mostly in the southern and western parts of the province because it is more fertile. Agriculture is vital to the province’s economy along with transportation, forestry, energy, manufacturing, mining, and tourism. The majority of the population in Manitoba are English Canadian, but still there is a large Franco-Manitoban minority and a ever gr owing aboriginal population.
The name Manitoba means “lake of the prairies” or “strait of the spirit” is believed to come from the Cree, Assiniboine or Ojibwe language. The first white people and Fur traders first arrived around the late 17th century. Manitoba joined the Canadian confederation and became a province in 1870.