Facts About Winkler
- Winkler was incorporated as a Village on the 9th of May 1906 and as a Town on the 7th of April, 1954.
- Winkler is Manitoba’s sixth-largest city and the second fastest-growing city out of nine in the province.
- The city has a diverse population with residents from various cultural backgrounds, including Mennonite, German, Russian, Ukrainian, and others.
- Winkler has a strong Mennonite heritage, and many residents are of Mennonite descent. The community has preserved its Mennonite traditions and values, which are evident in its architecture, cuisine, and cultural events.
- The land in southeast Manitoba upon which Winkler sits was the traditional land of the nomadic Ojibway-speaking Anishinabe people.
- Winkler is the largest city in the Pembina Valley, it serves as a regional hub for commerce, agriculture and industry.
- European settlement in the Winkler area history dates back to 1876 when Plautdietsch-speaking Mennonites began settling in the area known as the West Reserve, which had been set aside exclusively for the Russian Mennonites.
- Winkler is 259 m above sea level.
- The city hosts a variety of festivals and events throughout the year. The Harvest Festival, for example, celebrates the agricultural heritage of the region, while the Winkler Arts & Culture Festival showcases local artistic talents.
- Winkler was incorporated as a city on the 7th of April, 2002. The city celebrated its centennial anniversary in the summer of 2006.
- Winkler serves as a commercial and economic hub for the surrounding agricultural region. Agriculture is a major industry in the area, and the city is home to several agricultural equipment manufacturers and suppliers.
- As of July 1, 2022, Winkler had the distinction of being Canada’s youngest census agglomeration, with one out of every four residents being 14 years old or younger.
- Winkler’s climate is typically continental, resulting in dry cold winters and hot, frequently dry summers. Summer temperatures typically range from 20 to 30 °C, while winter temperatures average between −15 and −25 °C.
- The Estimated Population of Winkler is 14,066, as of 2022.
- In 2021, the majority of private dwellings in Winkler were single-detached homes, accounting for 62.4% of the housing stock. Row houses made up just over one-tenth of the dwellings at 13.6%, and semi-detached homes represented 8.4% of the housing.
- The average household size in Winkler, with a population of 13,560 people living in private households in 2021, was 2.7 people per household.
- Winkler is governed by a mayor and six councillors who are elected by residents
- The Winkler Airport serves the region, providing essential transportation services and opportunities for aviation enthusiasts.
- The City was named after Valentine Winkler, who was a lumber entrepreneur and politician, who owned and operated his own lumber business in nearby Morden and founded the village of Winkler.
- The total area of Winkler is 20.73 km2 and the metropolitan is 872.19 km2.
- One of the most devastating fires to hit the community of Winkler came in March of 1961 when a fire destroyed a large portion of the community’s main businesses.
|City Name||City of Winkler|
|Elevation||850 ft above sea level|
|Incorporated Village||9th of May, 1906|
|Incorporated Town||7th of April, 1954|
|Incorporated City||7th of April, 2002|