10 Interesting Trivia Facts About Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada

* Monty Hall, the television celebrity, who began and hosted the well known game show "Let's Make a Deal" from 1963 to 1977, came from chilly Winnipeg.

* The 2005 Academy Award winning film "Capote", starring Philip Seymore Hoffman was filmed on location in Winnipeg. Winnipeg is a seemingly unlikely center for movies, but many have been, and are in the process of filming in the Northern city in the center of Canada.

* The Manitoba Legislative Building, seat to the Manitoba government, is topped by a 17 foot golden statue known as "The Golden Boy". He has been standing suspended on top of the legislative dome since 1920. The choice of a fully nude statue in a city known for its long cold winters, seems a somewhat humorous choice to crown the governmental seat.

* Neil Young of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young rock group fame, reportedly lived in Winnipeg, although he was born in Toronto, in Ontario. The story goes that Neil Young was thrown out of Kelvin High School on Kingsway Ave, in the south school district of Winnipeg, for playing his guitar in the school halls.

* Winnie the Pooh was named after the city of Winnipeg, by a Canadian Lieutenant in the Fort Garry Horse Militia who purchased Winnipeg Bear, shortened to Winnie the Pooh, from a hunter in 1914.

* Winnipeg is the Slurpee capital of the world. The citizens of the city frozen 6 months of the year, consume an estimated 400,000 Slurpees per month in Winnipeg. This includes the frigid winter months. The author and family have contributed to this statistic many times, even in the winter.

* Crash Test Dummies, the band that came into the public eye in the late 1980's originated in, you guessed it, Winnipeg.

* Canada is supposedly the car theft capital of North America. Winnipeg is known as the car theft capital of Canada. When the authors car was stolen in Winnipeg, she and hubby were told by the police in Winnipeg, that they have to chase down approximately 1,000 cars per month in Winnipeg from car thieves. Many are stolen for joy rides. Luckily the recovery rate is over 90% for stolen cars. $2,000 dollars worth of damage, tow, storage, repair fees and a couple weeks of anxiety later, she found out they do indeed get cars back.

* Terry Fox the runner and national hero, a true symbol of courage and dignity in the face of adversity, was born in Winnipeg. Terry Fox began a log run across part of Canada after losing part of a leg to cancer. He ran with a prosthetic limb. He was featured on a special edition of the Canadian dollar coin, which is know as the Loonie.

* The city of Winnipeg, located in the province of Manitoba has close to 700,000 residents. Their drinking water supply comes primarily from Ontario, their provincial neighbour to the east. The lake is mostlyin Ontario, with a small part in Manitoba. The water has to be sent from Shoal Lake, via pipes across 155 kilometres, about 96 miles, to get to the city of Winnipeg.

There is more to Winnipeg than you know, and many people have never even heard of the main city of the province of Manitoba, in Canada.

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