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Winnipeg (a.k.a. "Winterpeg", "The Peg") is the capital as well as the largest city of Manitoba, with a population of 706,900 (2005 Census Metropolitan Area).
The city is located near the geographic centre of North America, situated within a flood plain at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.
Although characterized by an extreme continental climate and famous for its long cold and snowy winters, Winnipeg receives an abundance of sunshine throughout the year (>2300 hours of sun annually).
The daily average temperature for February is -13.6°C (average minimum is -18.7°C and average maximum is -8.5°C); the average snowfall accumulation for the month of February is 14.2 cm.
The name Winnipeg is a transcription of the western Cree word wi-nipe-k, meaning "muddy waters".
Former home of the Winnipeg Jets (now Phoenix Coyotes) of the National Hockey League.
Some notables born in Winnipeg: Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings (The Guess Who), Terry Fox and Louis Riel.
More information can be found on the City of Winnipeg website, or Wikipedia.