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    Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba, its largest city and a popular destination for families looking to settle down. Visitors can expect a friendly, laidback mood, a temperamental climate and limited but well-supported tourist attractions.

    The historic area known as the Forks draws millions of tourists every year. It lies at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Lake Winnipeg (one of the largest freshwater lakes in Canada), the urban forest and the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden are also popular attractions.

    The city has an array of art galleries and museums, as well as a strong film industry, which has hosted numerous Hollywood productions over the years. The city is also home to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, one of Canada's most celebrated companies, and the Winnipeg Jazz Festival.

    With temperatures ranging from -22ºF (-30ºC) in mid-winter, to 86ºF (30ºC) in mid-summer, travellers are strongly advised to visit during the warmer months between May and August.

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    Winnipeg's humid continental climate produces warm summers from late May to late September, and around 20 inches (50.8cm) of rainfall throughout the year. With an average of 2,727 hours of clear skies and around 2,372 hours of sunlight throughout the year, Winnipeg claims to be one of Canada's sunniest cities. That said, winter lasts from late November to early March and can have minimum temperatures as low as -9°F (-23°C) in the depths of the cold season. Summer heats up to 79°F (26°C) at the height of the warm season.

    Winnipeg has a comprehensive public transport system that consists of buses, cycling routes, trains, and taxis.

    Local bus services are run by Winnipeg Transit, which operates over 80 fixed routes throughout the city. Buses generally run from 6am to around midnight and can be halted between stops after 7pm, provided the driver is given advance warning. There is also a Rapid Transit route in the southwest of the city, as well as a free bus service in the city centre called Downtown Spirit.

    The city has a network of cycling lanes, including lanes reserved for buses and cyclists, as part of an effort to decrease commute times. Trains are primarily used for travel to surrounding cities and are run by VIA Rail.

    Taxis are widely available and can either be hailed in the street or called in advance. Reputable taxi companies will use a meter which should be switched on at the beginning of the journey. Uber also operates in Winnipeg.


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