Manitoba,one of the Prairie Provinces of Canada. It is bounded on the north by Nunavut, on the east by Hudson Bay and Ontario, on the south by the states of Minnesota and North Dakota, and on the west by Saskatchewan. Its northwest corner touches the southeast corner of the Northwest Territories.

ManitobaManitoba provincial bird - Great grey owl
Manitoba in brief
General information
Entered the Dominion: July 15, 1870, the fifth province.
Provincial abbreviation: MB (postal).
Provincial capital: Winnipeg, the province's capital since it entered the Dominion in 1870.
Provincial motto: Gloriosus et Liber (Glorious and Free).
Symbols of Manitoba
Provincial flag and coat of arms: Manitoba's provincial flag, adopted in 1966, bears the British Union Flag in the upper-left corner and a shield on a red background. The shield has a red cross of St. George above a buffalo. The buffalo symbolizes the animal's importance in Manitoba's early history, and the cross represents Manitoba's bond with England. Manitoba's coat of arms, adopted in 1992, shows a unicorn from the United Kingdom's coat of arms. The horse symbolizes Manitoba's early history. The beaver, Canada's national animal, represents Manitoba's historic fur trade.
Floral emblem: Pasqueflower or prairie crocus.
Land and climate
Area: 250,947 mi2 (649,950 km2), including 39,224 mi2 (101,590 km2) of inland water.
Elevation: Highest--Baldy Mountain, 2,727 ft (831 m) above sea level. Lowest--sea level, along Hudson Bay.
Coastline: 400 mi (645 km).
Record high temperature: 112 °F (44 °C) at St. Albans, near Wawanesa, on July 11, 1936, and at Emerson on July 12, 1936.
Record low temperature: –63 °F (–53 °C) at Norway House on Jan. 9, 1899.
Average July temperature: 66 °F (19 °C).
Average January temperature: –4 °F (–20 °C).
Average yearly precipitation: 20 in (50 cm).
People
Population: 1,148,401 (2006 census).
Rank among the provinces: 5th.
Density: 5 persons per mi2 (2 per km2), provinces average 13 per mi2 (5 per km2).
Distribution: 71 percent urban, 29 percent rural.
Largest cities and towns: Winnipeg (633,451); Brandon (41,511); Thompson (13,446); Portage la Prairie (12,728); Steinbach (11,066); Selkirk (9,515).
Economy
Chief products
Agriculture: beef cattle, canola, hogs, milk, oats, potatoes, wheat.
Manufacturing: clothing, food products, machinery, primary metal products, transportation equipment, wood products.
Mining: copper, nickel, petroleum, zinc.
Government
Provincial government
Premier: term of up to 5 years.
Legislative Assembly: 57 members, terms of up to 5 years.
Federal government
Members of the House of Commons: 14.
Senators: 6.
Sources of information
Tourism: Travel Manitoba, 7th Floor-155 Carlton Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3H8. Travel Manitoba's Web site at http://www.travelmanitoba.com also provides tourist information.
History: Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, Main Floor, 213 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1N3. The department's Web site at http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/ is also a useful resource.