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Manitoba is the eastern-most of the "prairie provinces". Winnipeg is the capital city.
Manitoba became a province of Canada on July 15, 1870.
Check out our brief photo tour of Manitoba if you'd like to see more of the scenery of the province.
You can find out a lot of interesting information about the province at http://www.gov.mb.ca/
The Manitoba provincial flag was adopted on May 12, 1966. The flag depicts the Union Jack and Manitoba Provincial Shield on a red background. The main symbol of the shield is the bison.
The prairie crocus or 'pasque flower' was named Manitoba's provincial flower on March 16, 1906. The province picked the flower by allowing school children to vote for one of a number of possible choices. This spring flowering crocus was the winner.
The great gray owl was adopted as Manitoba's provincial bird on July 16, 1987.
The great gray owl is 'a raptor' or meat eating bird. Unlike most owls, it hunts during the day as well as the night. It lives in Manitoba year round and is the largest owl in North America.