Manitoba is home to fascinating places with funny names full of the things that make Canada great, mixed with lesser-known ‘only here’ secrets. It’s a simple and powerful swath of Canada with qualities so obvious they’re often overlooked: agricultural flatlands, wild moose, arctic tundra, maple tree forests, Flin Flon, massive lakes, rock star legends, stalking lynx, Winnipegosis, gushing rivers, political heroes, Wasagaming, black bear, rocky landscapes, edgy artists, polar bear, aboriginal historians and rugged coastline.
Only rocky mountains are missing, but ask any true prairie folk and they’ll tell you they just block the view. That’s Manitoba: open people in open spaces. Its magnitude is only fully appreciated while standing on the edge of a sunflower field counting three different storms on the horizon, or on the edge of Hudson Bay’s rugged coastline counting belugas and envisioning some of Canada’s oldest and most interesting stories.
While no one expects anyone to say ‘I’m going to Canada for two months and I’m spending every second of it in Manitoba’ and mean it, it’s a part of Canada that really shouldn’t be missed. There’s a quiet confidence here, an unheralded history and definite energy. Manitoba is truly Canadian, yet is unlike any other region in the country.
Manitoba destination guides
Ask Lonely Planet: where can I see wildlife without the crowds?
Here at Lonely Planet, we have travel experts on tap. In this excerpt from the September 2011 issue of Lonely Planet Magazine, they advise reader Rekhin Devani who wants to see 'the "big five" on safari' but is 'concerned about having an authentic experience and not being caught in crowds of jeeps'.
Canadian Arctic Polar Bear Migration
The polar bear is one of nature's most ferocious stars—see them for yourself in their native land. Travel to the Inuit town of Arviat—in the middle of one of the planet's most extreme environments—and immerse yourself in Inuit culture.
Churchill Polar Bears
Churchill, Manitoba on Hudson Bay is considered the polar bear capital of the world, and this 2-day trip will introduce you to its star citizens at a comfort level. Obviously, the polar bear is not the sort of animal you want to pat on the back, so we'll keep you safe and sound in a Tundra Buggy while still getting amazingly close to these awe-inspiring animals.