Winnipeg

winnipeg-LogoMayor Brian Bowman, the City’s first Aboriginal Mayor, was elected as the 43rd Mayor of the City of Winnipeg in a landslide victory on October 22nd, 2014.

Brian is passionate about ensuring Winnipeg is a City that works better for every citizen. He is committed to building a stronger Winnipeg, a city that is open, transparent, that has improved infrastructure, safer communities, and a real long-term economic plan for the future.

Prior to entering the race for Winnipeg’s mayor, Brian Bowman was the Chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, and was instrumental in launching the Winnipeg BOLD Initiative. This community driven think tank brought about the creation of YES! Winnipeg, The World Trade Centre, and the Centralia Conference showcasing Winnipeg to 600 companies from 30 different countries.

As a national leader in the emerging fields of social media, access to information, and privacy law, Brian used his role as a partner at one of Winnipeg’s top law firms to protect victims of cyber-bullying and for the protection of individuals personal rights. As the Chair of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG), Brian led a vision that saw an increase in visibility and accessibility for the WAG that resulted in greater programming for school children and a variety of non-profit community partners. This vision also helped the organization continue to see strong surpluses and greater overall community engagement. Brian has served many more not-for-profit community organizations including Ka Ni Kanichihk and the Manitoba Naturalists Society. He has served as President of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association, and has assisted the Certified General Accountants Association of Manitoba.

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His Worship Brian Bowman

Brian grew up in a working-class family in Winnipeg. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Adv) in history and political studies from the University of Manitoba, and a Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Toronto. A husband, father and devoted dad, Brian and his wife Tracy are the proud parents of Hayden and Austin. Brian and his family regularly enjoy Blue Bomber and Jets games, and spending time outdoors with their family dog, Indiana, in the City’s many beautiful parks.

Rural Areas

Winnipeg is surrounded by several smaller towns that are close enough to Winnipeg to give easy access to the conveniences of the capital city but far enough and small enough that you can experience a more rural style of living. The following towns are no more than a 30 minute drive away from Winnipeg:

South East

Niverville has seen an influx of people moving from the city looking to raise a family outside of the “big city” influence. This migration has made Niverville one of the youngest and fastest growing communities in Manitoba.

Richot Municipality’s landscape ranges from riverbanks to rolling wheat fields. With the comfort & safety of small town life, and the convenience of city amenities close by. The villages of St. Adolphe, Ste. Agathe, and Ile des Chenes are three of the more prominent communities, with Glenlea, Grande Pointe, and Red River Drive other significant communities in Ritchot.

Ste. Anne Municipality is surrounded by rich agricultural land to the west, and the boreal forest to the east. The Seine River runs through the middle of the town of Ste. Anne. The tree-lined river is very picturesque and gives the area a beautiful naturalist look. It is approximately 40 kilometres from Winnipeg.

Taché Municipality stretches from the Red River Floodway in the west to the beginning of the Canadian Shield in the east. The beautifully treed Seine River meanders through the centre of the municipality and acts as an oasis of old Oak and Elm trees in the primarily agricultural fields of the area. Lorette and Landmark are the main residential and commercial hubs of the municipality with Ste. Genevieve, Dufresne, Ross and Linden as other noteworthy communities.

South West

MacDonald Municipality extends from Fort Whyte, over the Perimeter Highway to the towns of Oak Bluff, La Salle, Domain, Osborne, Brunkild, Sanford, and Starbuck. It is divided by the La Salle River which winds through it. La Salle, the largest urban centre in the municipality, is located along the banks of the La Salle River; it is quickly growing as a bedroom community for Winnipeg.

North East

St. Clements Municipality stretches from East St. Paul and Birds Hill Provincial Park in the south to Lake Winnipeg and Grand Beach Provincial Park to the north. The Red River demarcates the western boundary of the municipality. St. Clements contains the communities of East Selkirk, and Lockport east of the Red River. Within the municipality the terrain is diverse: from rolling plains, to rich forest and marshland, to pristine beaches. The municipality is home to an ecological preserve and a provincial park, both rich in beautiful and varied landscapes. The municipality is known for its many parks and beach communities, making the St. Clements “the place to be” for year-round relaxation and recreation. Activities abound in every season: swimming and boating in the summer; fishing, hunting and hiking in the spring and fall; snowmobiling and skiing in the winter. Sitting at the northern edge of the municipality is Grand Beach Provincial Park on Lake Winnipeg – Manitoba’s most popular tourist destination on the province’s largest lake.

St. Andrews Municipality is bounded on the east by the Red River. St. Andrews contains the communities of Clandeboye, Petersfield, and Lockport (the portion west of the Red River). Also located in the St. Andrews area are the separately administered city of Selkirk, town of Winnipeg Beach, and village of Dunnottar.The municipality is located just minutes north of Winnipeg and is the perfect place to live, work and raise a family. It is a great choice if you are looking to get away from the busy city life.

Lockport is a small community that is part of the rural municipalities of St. Andrews west of, and St. Clements east of the Red River. Residents of Lockport include American White Pelicans and eagles which can be seen hunting along the Red River. Lockport is also known for having some of the best fishing in the world to both humans and birds. Specifically, the North Red River running through Lockport is known for some of the best fishing for trophy channel catfish. Lockport is an ancient settlement, predating European history by thousands of years. It is one of the oldest known settlements in Canada.

Selkirk is a short commute from Winnipeg and a City in its own right with a population of over 9,000 people. It has an abundance of natural beauty, activities for all ages and many great employment opportunities. The mainstays of the local economy are tourism, a local steel mill, and a major mental health facility.

East St. Paul is considered part of the Winnipeg Metropolitan Area. The municipality encompasses 41 square kilometres (16 sq mi) and is bounded by the Red River to the west; St. Clements to the north; Springfield to the east; and Winnipeg to the south. The municipality attracts people from Winnipeg and elsewhere due to its close proximity to city amenities, the availability of larger lots, lower rates of property tax, and ability to provide a semi-rural relaxed lifestyle. It includes Birds Hill, River East Estates, Whidbey Harbour, and Pritchard Farm Estates, which are some of Manitoba’s wealthiest communities. New home development is underway at Southlands Drive.East St. Paul still contains numerous small farms, primarily of the market gardening variety, and natural forest, creek and pond areas. Birds Hills Provincial Park calls the municipality home.

Springfield Municipality is Manitoba’s largest rural municipality. It stretches from urban industrial development on the eastern boundary of Winnipeg through urban, rural residential, agricultural and natural landscapes, to the Agassiz Provincial Forest on the municipality’s eastern boundary. Birds Hill Provincial Park nestles into the north-western corner of Springfield. Oakbank is the administrative centre of Springfield and is about 15 km east of Winnipeg to which it serves as a bedroom community. Oakbank’s rapid population growth is representative of small towns in the capital region, as two new housing developments are being expanded in the town. Other communities include Dugald, Anola, Cook’s Creek, Hazelridge and Glass, with Anola being the next closest to Winnipeg.

North West

Stonewall is situated within Rockwood and is known for its limestone quarries and the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre which is a restored prairie marsh featuring artesian springs, aspen-oak bluff, waterfowl lure crop, tall-grass prairie and 30 kilometres of trails. The marsh is home to mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish and invertebrates. During the migration season, the number of waterfowl using the marsh can exceed 400,000 a day.

Headingly, because of it proximity to Winnipeg, boasts big city amenities and services, yet provides residents with a slower paced, intimate community life. Hospitals, large shopping centers, and a wide range of professional services are a quick drive from Headingly. Headingly has low residential tax and no business tax.