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Here are some basic facts about Winnipeg:
Winnipeg is strategically located as the gateway to Canada's paririe provinces, just southwest of the Canadian Shield and just south of several large lakes that drain into Hudson's Bay. Winnipeg is approximately the geographic centre of North America, at a latitude of 49 54' north and a longitude of 97 15' west, 239 metres (784') above sea level. We are in Central standard time, the same as Chicago and Houston, and 7 hours earlier than western Europe. Area: 3,855 square miles (9,983 km2);
The name "Winnipeg" comes from the Cree "win-nipi", which means "dirty water" or "murky water," and describes the lake and river.
Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba and is its largest city with a population of 633,451 residents representing cultures from around the world.
The strongest business sectors in Winnipeg are government services, telecommunications, insurance, and manufacturing in the agri-foods, fashion and transportation (automotive, aircraft) sectors.
Winnipeg lies exposed to numerous weather systems including bitterly cold Arctic high pressure systems during the winter months,
although claim the wintertime "dry cold" is more tolearable than Toronto's "wet cold". Spring and Fall are highly variable.
In the summer the area has high humidity levels with temperatures occassionally soaring above 30C, and in the winter Winnipeg is colder and cloudier but with relatively light snows.
Winnipeg, like Chicago, is also known as a windy city, with average wind speed of 17 km/h (11 mph) and wind gusts during during blizzards or thunderstormsof up to 130 km/h (80 mph), with the strongest winds from the north-west.
Tornadoes are not uncommon in the area, particularly in the spring and summer months, just like in the American MidWest Plains states.
Winnipeg is quite sunny year-round, and is Canada's third sunniest city.
An approximate guide to Celsius Temperatures is as follows:
Winnipeg a total of 416 millimetres (16 inches) of precipitation per year,and 111cm (44 inches) of snow.
Some hotels include tips or gratuities with group programs to simplify bookkeeping. This will usually include gratuities for housekeeping, bell service and food service. In a hotel, bell service should be tipped about $1 per bag, and housekeeping $1 to $5 dollars a day (in proportion to your room rate). Visitors should know that the standard tip in restaurants is 10%-15% (on restaurant bills, an average tip will match the GST & tax), with 20% for very outstanding service. This is especially important for visitors from countries where tipping on meals is not done: here the waitering staff depend on tips for a significant portion of their incomes. Tip taxis about 10%, and a dollar a bag they carry for you (not just unload), or at the very least round fares up to the nearest dollar.