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Love Letters to Manitoba


Manitoba is about the people

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I am often asked, “Why haven’t you left Manitoba for a major city like, NYC or Paris?”  The answer is simple: they don’t have what we have here. It took me a long time to figure that out, but when I did, I knew that Manitoba would be my home for many moons to come.  Did I have dreams of moving away from our province? Sure did, but it wasn’t until I started travelling that I realized just how good we have it here.
I’ve worked in major cities across North America, from NYC to LA to Toronto to Vancouver and all along I found an emptiness to the air that made me long for home.  Life has taken me to Europe, Australia, and Asia and still nothing felt quite like Manitoba.  You see our great province is not only a well rounded place to live, it’s also home to wonderful people.  

It is the people of Manitoba that really make it what it is. We are grounded, kind, and generous people.  There is a sense of community that you don’t get when travelling abroad.  It’s almost as though the rest of the world wants something from you, it’s as though they only want to talk to you because they can gain something from you.  In Manitoba I find the opposite, I encounter people who are generally curious about who you are as a person, what makes you tick and what makes you happy.  In Manitoba you find generosity and kindness, you find community and hope.  In Manitoba you find Diversity.  

Diversity is one of my favourite things about Manitoba, our weather is extremely diverse, from the hot dry summers to the bitterly cold winters, our temperature fluctuates more than almost any other city on earth.  This extreme temperature change brings with it an energy that few get to experience, it’s a honour to get to see the vast changes that these temperatures create.  One of my favourite things is the ice crystals which form in the middle of winter or the sun dogs which almost make it look like we have three suns.  Or how about laying under the stars in middle summer in a remote cabin location where there is no light pollution inhibiting the view of the galaxy?  If you’re lucky, the northern lights will dance spectacularly which will leave you in awe.  These are the miracles that few in the world are able to see and yet we get to experience them every year.  Each season brings with it a new miracle; in fall we see the beautiful changing of the leaves and in spring we see the birth of tulips and flowers.  We are truly lucky to experience all the seasons and I believe it has something to do with why Manitobans take nothing for granted.

Not only are we diverse in weather, we are also extremely diverse in cultures.  Manitoba is home to many different people from all over the planet.  Our Folklorama festival is a celebration of our diversity and visitors come from all over to attend.  At any given day you can try out food from around the world in one of our blossoming restaurants.  The culinary scene in Manitoba is starting to gain international recognition and it’s no wonder why.

Saving the best for last, I want to mention our amazing Indigenous community here in Manitoba.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Elders, Medicine men, beading masters and Chiefs who share their knowledge and wisdom openly.  I’ve had the pleasure of attending sacred ceremonies and drum circles which shook me to the core and made me a better person.  We are truly lucky to be able to learn and grow with our Indigenous community and I look forward to seeing what we can cultivate together. 

All in all: I love “Winterpeg, Manisnowba” and I’ll sing it loud and proud wherever this life takes me. 

XOXO Lennard Taylor



Submitted Love Letters

I love my MB sunsets!

Diversity

My Memories of Manitoba Moments

LEST WE FORGET! MANITOBA ❤️

Made in Manitoba

Love the lake

Manitoba, why I love thee.

Patricia Beach Provincial Beach

Killarney Drive-in theatre

Harvest season

Summer outdoor markets

SUNSHINE FACES!

Dear Manitoba, I love you

I'll always be a Flatlander

Ode to a prairie province

Friendly Manitoba

Fishing/Boating

Changing seasons

Outdoor Patios

Walking/biking/jogging paths

Libraries

Rainy Manitoba Day

Community Gardens

Fishing Trips

Manitoba Road Trips

MANITOBA MOON!

MANITOBA MOON

Love my MB parks!

Love my MB bridges

The Heart of Manitoba

Love Manitoba

Skinner’s in Lockport

Dear Manitoba

The community spirit flourishes

Grateful Heart!

Cool Bridges

Mocha Ice cream summer delight!

Lady Lake Winnipeg

Fresh Manitoba Vegetables

Mini golfing!

Golfing in Riding Mountain National Park!

Triathlon Community!

Fat Biking in the Winter Months!

Winter Running!

White-Out Parties!

Canoeing at Victoria Beach

Canada Day at The Forks!

Fort Whyte!

Go Bombers!

Cirque du Soleil!

The murals around the city of Winnipeg

Deer in my own backyard!

Lakehouse Restaurant

Clear Lake skating trails

Snow-shoeing in the winter in Manitoba!

Skiing at Assessippi!

Beautiful winter weather!

Go Jets Go!

Celebrating Festival du Voyageur!

Pineridge Hollow & Bird's Hill

Walking the Trails

Grand Beach

Manitoba Sunsets

Golfing

Hiking in the Whiteshell

Prairie Road Running

Swimming in St. Malo

Cycling in Riding Mountain National Parl

Love My MB

Cycling to New Bothwell for some cheese!

Spending time at The Forks!

Food at The Commons!

My own backyard

Staycation at Inn at the Forks

Beauty in Manitoba

Love you Manitoba!

To my province,

Bird's Hill Park

St. Norbert

Golfing in Manitoba

ManyFest

Beautiful Gardens

Bless this Garden!

Kiwi Anyone?

Glorious SUNset on July 25th

Motorcycling down the Highway!

The Secret to Sals!

Winnipeg's GWWD Gas Car

To my love, Manitoba, and Osborne Village, I adore you

To my darling Portage And Main, how I love thee more than any other place!

Lovely Lakes!

My life in Manitoba

"Memories Show and Shine" - people supporting people

Bois Des Esprits

Winter Skiing

Manitoba Family...

Stunning places

Wishing For Winter

Thank you for your kindness

Beautiful rainbow over the city

Surreal Beauty

Beautiful, any temperature!

Beautiful sunset over the Red River

Home made stewed tomatoes!

sunset over the red

BDI

Fort Garry Love

Run Community in Manitoba

Winnipeg Police Service Run!

Cabane à sucre de St-Pierre-Jolys

Go Jets Go!

Manitoba Marathon!

Winter Running

Winter Skates at The Forks

Assessippi Adventures!

Land of beautiful sunsets

KEEN TO LIVE & LOVE MANITOBA CANADA

MBCI Grad 10 Art Class - Rebecca

MBCI -  Grade 11-Art class - Kelly

Lovely Manitoba

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 3 of 3)

Grade 5 Riverheights School Brandon, MB (Post 2 of 2)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 2 of 3)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 2 of 3)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 2 of 3)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 1 of 3)

Grade 5 Riverheights School Brandon, MB (Post 1 of 2)

Cranberry Portage Elementary Grade 7/8 (Post 2 of 2)

Cranberry Portage Elementary: Grade: 7/8 Class (Post 1 of 2)

The love of Clear Lake

"Cher Manitoba" par Isaiah - École Saint-Lazare 9e année

MBCI Grade 7 Art - Emerson Penner

Elmwood High School

Maryland Park School

Grant Park High School Grade 7/8 SS (Post 3 of 3)

Grant Park High School Grade 7/8 SS (Post 2 of 3)

Grant Park High School - Grade 7/8 SS - Post 1 of 3

St. Paul's Collegiate (Elie, MB)

Manitoba

Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute Grade 8 Art - Kyla Kisil

Manitoba

Cher Manitoba: Une lettre amicale de la classe 5/6B de Ecole St Malo School

Birthday Cards to Manitoba

Elwick Community School Grade: 7/8 

Mrs. Smith

Ashern Early Years School Grade 4

École Sun Valley School - Need a Knee?

École Sun Valley School - Egg on Wheels

École Sun Valley School - Canadian Oil

École Sun Valley School - Start Your Engines

École Sun Valley School - The Facts About the Fax

École Sun Valley School - Garbage bag

École Sun Valley School

École Sun Valley School - Snowmobile

Spongee

Tundra Buggy

Elmwood High School Grade 12

Frontenac School ART 5/6 2021

Thank you

How Do I love you.......Let me count the ways

A distant province, a longing heart

My love of country life

Manitoba's Beauty, Art, Culture, Agriculture and History

Clear Lake

Natural Beauty

Beautiful peaceful Manitoba

Community

A Hallmark Love Story

Farming Manitoba

Wonderful Wildlife

Home Sweet Home

Manitoba's Best Kept Secret

MANITOBA'S MAGIC!

RACHEL and Logan

Love my Manitoba

The Caves Trail

Manitoba skies

Forever

Kinosao Lake Trail memories

Love for Lake Audy