Manitoba Trans-Canada Highway information
Here is the route of the Trans-Canada Highway from east to west:
You enter the province from the Ontario border and pass through Whiteshell Provincial Park. This huge park offers wonderful recreation, including camping, hiking, and swimming, and is the last remnant of the Canadian Shield this far south.
Further west the prairies appear, the route leads into Sandlands Provincial Park. Just east of Winnipeg, don't miss Steinbach with its museum of German Mennonite settlement history & culture.
Winnipeg is a multicultural city on the banks of the Red River, with a thriving cultural scene, and lots of fine restaurants. It is a major manufacturing hub for both trucking & farm machinery, as well as for the fashion industry, and is a major regional ground and air transportation hub.
For a diversion, take highway 59 leads north to the southern edge of Lake Winnipeg, with several resort areas.
History of the Trans-Canada highway
West of Winnipeg, just past Portage la Prairie, at Brandon the Trans-Canada splits, with the main southern route heading west along #1 through Regina, Calgary and Vancouver. If you're taking the main / southern route, take route 10 south and visit Turtle Mountain Provincial Park and the International Peace Garden.
The northern route, along #16 is called the Yellowhead Highway, and takes you through Neepawa, Minnedosa, Shoal Lake, and Russell in Manitoba, and on to Yorkton, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Prince Rupert.
If you travel the Yellowhead route, check out Riding Mountain National Park in the western part of the province, just 22 miles north of the highway, via scenic route 10.
From this poitn west, the Yellowhead coontinues through important communities like Saskatoon, Edmonton, Prince George, and Prince Rupert, which lies on the Pacific Ocean.
Some Useful Links
Our Pick of Useful Links:
Manitoba Provincial Map
Manitoba Highway Features & Points of Interest
Cities to Visit
Here are some featured Manitoba cities & towns along or near the Trans Canada Highway:
MB: Winnipeg is the retail centre and grain-trading centre for western Canada, since the early days of the Hudson^s Bay Company, and its old Exchange District is often used as a Hollywood film set.
Routes & Itineraries
Here are some featured itineraries of Manitoba segments of the Trans Canada Highway:
MB: Here is the itinerary for the 207 km along the Manitoba #1 and the Ontario #17 between Winnipeg, Manitoba and Kenora, Ontario:, via Falcon Lake
MB: Here is the itinerary for the 219 km along Highway #1 between Brandon and Winnipeg, Manitoba, via Portage la Prairie