Saturday, November 27, 2010

Manitoba: Land of Slurpees, sex dens, whales and polar bears

Manitoba wants you to know that they have no shortage of claims to fame. Here are just a few of the things that they are boasting about on Travel Manitoba's website:

Slurpee Capital of the World: The province's 800,000 citizens consume nearly half a million each month, no matter what the season.

Biggest Sex Dens: No, not that kind, but snake dens for red-sided garter snakes. They appear by the thousands in early May to mate (good viewing around Mother's Day).

More Beluga Whales: With 57,000 of them, that makes Manitoba the top spot to see them (plus you can swim with them).

Western Canada's Largest Winter Festival
: The Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg is Western Canada's largest. This year it's Feb. 18-27, 2011.

More Curling Clubs
: Manitoba has more curling clubs than Ontario and Quebec combined.

Largest Icelandic Community: Gimli, Manitoba has the largest Icelandic community outside of Iceland.

Largest Collection of Prehistoric Marine Fossils
: You'll find these at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden.

World's Most Northerly Port
: Located on Hudson Bay, Churchill is the Polar Bear Capital of the World.

Passing through Manitoba on VIA Rail Canada in 2009
Photo by Sue Frause


Anonymous said...

Not to mention the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

The 2nd oldest ballet company in North America and the oldest surviving dance company in Canada. Also when it was granted permission to use Royal in their name it was the first in the commonwealth (outside the U.K. ) to be allowed to do so.

SUE FRAUSE said...

Thanks for the mention of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Seeing them is high on my Canadian Bucket List of things to do. They're bringing their Wonderland Tour to British Columbia in March-April of 2011; stops include Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo and Kelowna. The ballet is a contemporary interpreation of the children's classic, Alice in Wonderland.

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