Capital City: Winnipeg
Manitoba is an important centre for a number of ethnic groups. One of three Prairie provinces, Manitoba is located in the centre of Canada and is bordered by Ontario, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, Hudson Bay and the United States.
For many years, most Manitobans were of British origin, but changes in migration and immigration patterns have produced a province where no ethnic group is numerically dominant. There are over 700 organizations in the province that support new Canadians and Canadian immigrants. About 60 per cent of Manitoba's one million people live in metropolitan Winnipeg, the provincial capital. The second-largest city is Brandon, in southwestern Manitoba.
The name Manitoba likely comes from the Cree words "Manitou bou", which mean "the narrows of the Great Spirit." Manitoba is also home to the International Peace Garden - the world's largest garden dedicated to world peace.