Tucked in the southwest corner of Manitoba on the banks of the Assiniboine River, Brandon is a prairie city with about 46,000 residents. Now the second-largest city in the province, Brandon was originally settled because of its location as a major junction on the Canadian Pacific Railway. Named Brandon after the nearby Brandon Hills, the city today has a strong base in agriculture, with fertilizer and hog processing plants, as well as retail and government sectors. Because of its farming background, Brandon hosts many events throughout the year related to agriculture. The Manitoba Ag Days show is a major exposition showing off agricultural production expertise, technology, and equipment.
Another popular attraction is the Lieutenant Governor's Winter Festival held annually in February. The event celebrates diversity with 14 pavilions offering food, drink and entertainment from a variety of cultures. Brandon is also home to the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, Brandon Jazz Festival, Brandon Folk Festival, Words Alive Literary Festival, Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College.