This is part of an occasional series going through the 10 Provinces of Canada in alphabetical order to check out how they got named, what their flag is like and other things of interest.
Location – in the centre of Canada between Saskatchewan and Ontario with the territory Nunuvut to the North. It sits just above North Dakota and Minnesota. It has an Arctic deep water port on Hudson Bay.
Nicknames – the Keystone Province, The Postage Stamp Province (due to the original rectangular shape of the Province), Land of 100,000 lakes. The Province's Motto is 'Glorious and Free'
Flag - yes, that's a bison
Capital – Winnipeg – 60% of the Province's population live there.
Tree – White Spruce
Bird – Great Grey Owl
Signature foods – Bison, Bannock, Shmoo Torte
Famous places to visit – Wapusk National Park for Polar Bears, Northern lights, The Forks, Grand Beach Provincial Park, Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach
Famous people from Manitoba – Anna Paquin (born Manitoba brought up in New Zealand), Randy Bachman (of Bachman Turner Overdrive),Deanna Durbin (singer), Carol Shields (author), Paula Abdul