Winnipeg, Manitoba Information

Cities and modern amenities: Winnipeg is the heart and center of Canada

Population: 753,600

Canada 2016 census surpasses 35 million people

Manitoba Population 2016 census: 1.3 million



Winnipeg experiences a continental climate characterized by four distinct seasons. 

Average temperatures by month in Winnipeg

Month Average LowAverage High

January- 9° F / -23° C10° F / -12° C

February-4° F / -20° C16° F / -9° C

March12° F / -11° C30° F / -1° C

April28° F / -3° C48° F / 9° C

May41° F / 5° C66° F / 19° C

June50° F / 10° C73° F / 23° C

July55° F / 13° C79° F / 26° C

August54° F / 12° C77° F / 25° C

September43° F / 6° C66° F / 19° C

October 32° F / 0° C52° F / 11° C

November18° F / -8° C32° F / 0° C

December0°F / -18° C16° F / -9° C

Due to its northern location, Winnipeg residents enjoy 2,300 hours of sunlight annually and up to 16 hours of sunlight daily during the summer months. Winnipeg averages approximately 51.4 centimetres (20.2 inches) of precipitation each year.

Time Zone

Winnipeg is located in the Central Standard Time Zone (CST). In Manitoba Canada Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 am local time on the second Sunday in March. On the first Sunday in November areas on Daylight Saving Time return to Standard Time at 2:00 am. During Daylight Saving Time clocks are turned ahead one hour.

Emergency Information

Emergencies Only – Call: 911

Non-emergency Police Services – Call: 204.986.6222


English and French are Canada’s two official languages. English is the predominant language spoken in Winnipeg. Old St. Boniface -- Winnipeg’s French Quarter, is largely French-speaking. Many banks, hotels, airline offices, service institutions, shops and key tourist destinations have multilingual staff.


The currency used in Winnipeg is the Canadian Dollar. It is recommended that visitors exchange their currency at a bank, a foreign exchange outlet or use a banking machine.

Provincial and Federal Taxes

Goods and services purchased in Manitoba are subject to the Provincial Sales Tax (PST: 7%) and the federal Goods and Services Tax (GST: 5%).

Accommodation Tax

There is a 5% tax on accommodations within the city of Winnipeg. For more information please click here .


Canada follows the international metric system. Temperatures, rainfall measures, distance, weights and velocity are expressed in metric units.

Length: 1 kilometre = 0.6 mile, 1 mile = 1.6 kilometre

Capacity: 1 litre = 1.06 US quart, 1 US quart = 0.95 litre

Weight: 1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds, 1 pound = 0.45 kilogram

Speed conversion:

20 mph = 30 km/h

30 mph = 50 km/h

50 mph = 80 km/h


Outlets and voltage (110 volts) are the same as in the United States. For those from other countries, adapters are required for electrical appliances. The frequency of electrical current in Canada is 60 Hz.

Liquor Laws

Spirits, wine and beer are available at Manitoba Liquor Control Commission outlets; wine is also available at private wine stores; domestic beer also from hotel vendors. Open liquor must be stored in the trunk. Legal age for consumption of alcohol is 18 years. These laws are strictly enforced. “Please drink responsibly. Don’t drink and drive.”


Smoking is prohibited in all public places including restaurants, bars, malls and sporting events.

Nature: experience the four seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall – from winter sports like ice skating, snow skiing and boarding, curling, snowmobiling, ice fishing and hockey to spring fishing, to summer sports like water skiing and wake boarding, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, bicycling, camping to fall activities like hunting deer, black bear, and waterfowl – enjoy Manitoba’s natural resources year round.

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