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Flag Manitoba Manitoba is a Canadian prairie province with an area of 649,950 square kilometres (250,900 sq mi). The province has over 110,000 lakes and has a largely continental climate because of its flat topography. Agriculture, mostly concentrated in the fertile southern and western parts of the province, is vital to the province's economy; other major industries are transportation, manufacturing, mining, forestry, energy, and tourism. The largest ethnic group in Manitoba is English Canadian, but there is a significant Franco-Manitoban minority and a growing aboriginal population.
The name Manitoba (meaning "strait of the spirit" or "lake of the prairies") is believed to be derived from the Cree, Ojibwe or Assiniboine language.


Map Manitoba Capital : Winnipeg
Largest metro : Winnipeg
Population : 1 196 291
Abbreviation : SD
Main cities : Winnipeg, Brandon, Altona, Steinbach, Selkirk, The Pas, Portage La Prairie, Dauphin, Swan River