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Winnipeg (city, Canada)

Winnipeg (wĬn´Ĭpĕg), city (1991 pop. 616,790), provincial capital, SE Man., Canada, at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers. It is the province's largest city and one of the world's largest wheat markets. A railroad, commercial, industrial, and distribution center, it has an international airport, railroad shops, grain elevators, stockyards, meatpacking and automobile plants, flour and textile mills, and breweries.

The city's history reflects the history of early French and British explorers and fur traders. In 1738, the sieur de la Vérendrye built the first post on the site, Fort Rouge, but it was later abandoned. Other posts were built in the Red River region, which was fiercely contested by the North West Company and the Hudson's Bay Company. The conflict reached its height in the struggle over the Red River Settlement. The two companies were merged in 1821. Fort Gibraltar, a post of the North West Company on the site of present-day Winnipeg, was renamed Fort Garry and became the leading post in the region. In 1835 its name was changed to Winnipeg. Settlement was spurred by the construction of a rail line in 1881. Much of the city had to be rebuilt after the 1950 Red River flood, and the Red River Floodway was created in the 1960s to divert spring floodwaters around the city to the east. In the 1970s and 80s many new developments (a new city hall, hotels, a convention center, office buildings) were constructed.

In the city are the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Manitoba Theater Group, and a symphony orchestra. The Univ. of Manitoba and the Univ. of Winnipeg are also there, and the city has National Hockey League and Canadian Football League teams. An annual festival, the Folklorama, is dedicated to celebrating the city's increasingly cosmopolitan character.

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Winnipeg (river, Canada)

Winnipeg, river, c.200 mi (320 km) long, issuing from the north end of Lake of the Woods, SW Ont., Canada, and flowing in a winding course generally northwest to the southeast end of Lake Winnipeg, SE Man. There are six hydroelectric stations on its course, supplying most of S Manitoba with electricity; the largest station is at Seven Sisters Falls. The river was first traveled by the sons of Vérendrye, the Canadian explorer, and was much used by explorers and fur traders.

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Winnipeg

Winnipeg Capital of Manitoba, Canada, at the confluence of the Assiniboine and Red rivers, in the s of the province. Founded (1812) by the Hudson's Bay Company, the town came under the control of the Canadian government in 1870. It grew after the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railroad (1882), and is now the major city of the Canadian prairies. It has one of the world's largest wheat markets and vast flour mills, grain elevators and food-processing plants. Pop. (2001) 626,685.

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Winnipeg, University of

University of Winnipeg, at Winnipeg, Man., Canada; founded 1871. It achieved university status in 1967. It is controlled jointly by the provincial government of Manitoba and the United Church of Canada. It has faculties of arts and science and theology, an Institute of Urban Studies, and a Mennonite Studies Centre.

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Winnipeg

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