If you were in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympic Games, you will know why Canadians are so proud to be Canucks. Each Canadian city or town has a specific flavor and Winnipeg is no exception to the rule. It is said that it takes only 24 hours to love the 'Peg and a lifetime to leave it. Why is that so? Below are ten facts about the city.
- In Winnipeg, the Slurpee Capital of the World, people consume about 400,000 Slurpees, and even in winter.
- The Exchange District has the best-preserved, largest collection of terra cotta and cut-stone architecture in North America.
- Three recent famous movies were filmed on location (or partly on location) in Winnipeg: Capote (2005) with Philip Seymour, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2006) with Brad Pitt, and Whiteout (2009) with Kate Beckinsale.
- "The Golden Boy", Manitoba Legislative Building's famous attraction, was sculpted and cast in France.
- Winnie the Pooh was named after the city of Winnipeg.
- Winnipeg was the first Canadian city to establish a United Way charity.
- The first 911 emergency phone number in the world was developed in Winnipeg.
- The Winnipeg Art Gallery has the world's largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art.
- Assiniboine Forest in Winnipeg is home to 80 species of birds.
Do you know any other interesting facts about Winnipeg?