Manitoba is one of Canada's three Prairie Provinces and it is located in the middle of Canada. Manitoba has a population of 1.2 million people with 700,000 of these people living in Winnipeg, the provinces capital.
Agriculture is by far the most important industry in Manitoba. Some other major industries in Manitoba are the forestry, mining and energy industries as well as manufacturing, and tourism. These industries are a large source of employment throughout Manitoba as well as several government institutions (ie. universities and hospitals).
Manitoba has a very vibrant and unique culture that is a mix of its Native American history, its many immigrants and its strong Canadian arts heritage. It is an absolute joy to visit and it is a place where one might see a pow-wow, some old-style fiddling and a good old fashioned Canadian hockey game all in one day. It is the birthplace of some of Canada's most famous musicians The Guess Who, Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Crash Test Dummies and it has many wonderful museums and yearly festivals. The Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Festival du Voyageur and the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival are three of the largest festivals in Manitoba.