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The capital of Manitoba province, Winnipeg is a city located in south central Canada. It is situated at the meeting of 2 rivers to the east of Canada’s prairie lands. The population is around 700,000 people with another 40,000 inhabiting outlying areas around the city itself. It is the 8th largest city in Canada.
Some 200,000 of the area inhabitants are not of European descent. Roughly 8% of the population is aboriginal. The large Filipino population makes for the second largest minority here, after the First Peoples. The economy is diverse in this city which is considered a cultural hub for the country.
There is a public bus system for local transportation. In 1738, the first fur trading post was established here by Europeans under British rule. In 1812, colonists first settled the area where the city sits today. The city was incorporated in 1873, 3 years after the Province was created as part of the young Canadian nation. The General Strike here in 1919 played an important part of Canada’s legalization of trade unions.
There is a long inventory of historic buildings in the city. Some of them date back to the late 19th Century although most are from the early 1900s.
In the 1950s, a system of dykes and drains were built to combat the perennial problem of flooding here at the convergence of two rivers. Nevertheless, the thaw of the snow in 1997, provoked the most recent mass flood referred to as the Flood of The Century.
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The annual Winnipeg Folk Festival began in 1973. It is a huge outdoor event in July. Grounds open to campers on the Wednesday morning of festival week. There is a Main show on Wednesday through Sunday in the evening. The day time stage lifts its curtain at 11 AM and only hosts performances from Friday through Sunday. Exhibits are also on display at the festival regarding folk heritage and culture of the region. The festival runs an ongoing live music venue called the Folk Exchange in the city’s downtown. (http://www.winnipegfolkfestival.ca/wp/)
The Music Festival, held in February and March, is nearly a century old. Participants from throughout the province come to perform and participate in music classes. Dozens of trophies are awarded in distinct genres and classes of music during the lengthy event. (http://www.winnipegmusicfestival.org/)
As a cultural capital, the city hosts an annual Fringe Festival in the general vicinity of the Old Market Square. It began in 1987 and is dedicated to accessible alternative theater performance. This 2-week long festival kicks off in late July each year. (http://www.winnipegfringe.com/)
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This airport, identified internationally as YWG, receives Air Canada and Delta service in combination with United and American as well as North West Airlines (a Delta subsidiary). No flights leave directly from Australia but do offer full connecting service.
North West offers service from Sydney (SYD) through L.A. (LAX) to Minneapolis- St. Paul (MSP) and later Manitoba in 21 hours and 38 minutes. There is a North West flight in combination with United in just over 22 hours. Air Canada offers flights through Toronto and Vancouver requiring 2nd day arrival.
The nearest consular services to this destination are provided by the Australian High Commission in Ottawa. (http://www.ahc-ottawa.org/)