Welcome to Manitoba!

Welcome to all residents!

For most medical residents training at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg will be your home city for at least the next two to five years. For a minority of residents, especially those in the Family Medicine rural and northern programs, you may be based out of smaller sites such as Brandon or Dauphin.

Manitoba is very flat (it’s part of the prairies) and has over 100,000 lakes. Winnipeg is located in the southern end of the province, and is home to approximately 60% of the province’s population.
Summer is warm and sunny while winter tends to be cold and bright. Afternoon temperatures in July and August average 25?C while most midwinter days remain well below freezing. Wide variations from average values are possible in all seasons. Summer months herald over half of the annual precipitation with intermittent burst of showers. In the Southern parts of Manitoba, approximately 110-140 cm of snow falls annually. According to Environment Canada, Manitoba ranked first for clearest skies year round, and ranked second for clearest skies in the summer and for sunniest province in the winter and spring.

For the top 20 Places to Visit in Manitoba please visit Travel Manitoba

Review the following websites if you are looking for dining recommendations or activity suggestions:

TripAdvisor (http://www.tripadvisor.ca)
Yelp! (http://www.yelp.ca)
ChowHound Forums (http://chowhound.chow.com)
Ciao! Magazine (http://ciaowinnipeg.com)

For a comparison of Resident benefits between Manitoba and other provinces, see the CaRMS site.

What is there to do?

This is a common question from out of town residents.


The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company (http://www.rwb.org)

The Manitoba Opera (http://www.manitobaopera.mb.ca)

The Winnipeg Art Gallery (http://wag.ca)

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (http://www.wso.ca)

Canada’s Human Rights Museum (http://www.humanrightsmuseum.ca)

The Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival (July) (http://www.winnipegfringe.com)

Folklorama (August) (http://www.folklorama.ca)

Winnipeg Folk Festival (July) (http://www.winnipegfolkfestival.ca)

Festival des Voyageurs (February) (http://festivalvoyageur.mb.ca)


Where should I live?

The most popular areas for night life are:

1. The Exchange District? (http://www.exchangedistrict.org)

2. Corydon Avenue between Stafford Street and Confusion Corner

3. Osborne Village (Osborne Street between River Avenue and Stradbrook Avenue)


The biggest mall in Winnipeg is Polo Park Shopping Center (http://www.polopark.ca)

Near downtown, the Forks Market provides ecclectic shopping with outdoor entertainment. (http://www.theforks.com)

Sports and Sports Leagues

There are abundant opportunities play sports in Winnipeg.

As University of Manitoba students, you can participate in the intramural league (http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/kinrec/bsal/)

Other leagues around the city:

Ultimate Frisbee (Manitoba Organization of Disc Sports) (http://www.mods.mb.ca)

Ice Hockey (Adult Safe Hockey League) (http://www.icesports.com)

Ball Hockey (Manitoba Ball Hockey Association) (http://www.manitobaballhockey.com)


Manitoba Major Soccer League (http://www.manitobamajorsoccer.com)

Winnipeg Women’s Soccer League (http://winnipegwomenssoccerleague.com/)

Slow pitch baseball (Winnipeg Coed Slo-Pitch Leagues) (http://www.wcsl.ca)

Parks and Outdoor Recreation:

With its relatively temperate climate and low population density, Manitoba has a huge area of “cottage country”

The most popular destinations:

Riding Mountain National Park (http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/mb/riding/index.aspx) is 2.5 hours North West of Winnipeg.? It is often referred to as “Clear Lake” because of the most popular lake. There is a small seasonal town within the park (Wasagaming) as well as a town just outside the park limits (Onanole). There are accommodation options within either. There are many spots within the park to camp, fish, and swim. There are many maintained trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

Whiteshell Provincial Park is about 1.5 hours East of Winnipeg. The two most popular lakes are Falcon Lake and West Hawk Lake, although many of the lakes have cabins. There are cottages for rent, hotels, and camping opportunities.

Lake of the Woods is just over two hours East of Winnipeg, past the Whiteshell. It’s an incredible lake, with over 10,000 islands. Much of the lake is essentially uninhabited. At the Northern end of the lake, near the majority of the cottages in the area, is the town of Kenora.

Everything around Lake Winnipeg (Grand Beach, Victoria Beach, Gimli). Grand Beach is a very popular beach for day trips from the city (thousands of people will be there on a sunny Canada Day)

Closer to the city, Assiniboine Park and the Zoo, as well as Birds Hill Provincial Park provide easy access to outdoor activities. The city of Winnipeg also maintains a number of cross-country ski trails open throughout the winter. (http://www.winnipeg.ca/publicworks/parksandfields/Parks/xcountryski.asp)

Where do I live?

Many residents chose locations that are in close proximity to the hospitals. The most popular areas for residents to live are:

River Heights and Crescentwood:

If you are looking to purchase an affordable house in a nice area, this area is very popular.? The commute to HSC or St. B is around 20 minutes.


There are many residents renting condos or apartments in the area North of Corydon, East of Stafford, and South of the Assiniboine River. This area is also very close to the hospitals. Wellington is a popular street for summer-time walking and biking, while Corydon and Osborne are known for night life.


Especially popular for residents that are coming from out of town because of the central location. Residents wanting a little more luxury while living downtown often look at condos on Waterfront Drive.

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