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Month: August 2010

Manitoba is almost the same as Saskatchewan

Manitoba is almost the same as Saskatchewan

My virtual tour across Canada leads me into Manitoba and I’m still in the prairies.  2135km from Horseshoe Bay and 89 hours in the saddle.  I’m just a little past Brandon, MB and obtained a little picture to remember it by.  
Wiki says the following about the place: 
 Brandon is a city in southwestern ManitobaCanada. The surrounding area is often referred to as “Westman“.

The city started as a major junction on the Canadian Pacific Railway, and theAssiniboine River and was then incorporated in 1882. Brandon, the second largest city and service centre in Manitoba after Winnipeg, is a major hub for the surrounding agricultural area. The population of its trading area is between 70,000 and 150,000 people, while the city has a population of over 46,000. Brandon’s industry reflects its agricultural history; its major industries are related to agriculture and include fertilizer and hog processing plants, as well as retail and government services for the surrounding area of Westman. Brandon is also home to Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College as well as the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Spruce Woods Provincial Park and CFB Shilo are a relatively short distance (by car) to the southeast of the city. Minnedosa Lake is only half an hour to the north.
Brandon’s Army Reserve unit is the 26th Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, and the Canadian warship HMCS Brandon was named after the city.
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