Winnipeg Free Press
Love Letters to Manitoba



When I studied law in Toronto, it was a time in my life when I especially noticed how much I appreciated my family, my friends, and the natural beauty of home. Toronto was a place where people just didn’t seem to relate to the dry, self-deprecating humour we love so much, here in Winnipeg. (It’s no accident that the Winnipeg Comedy Festival is CBC TV’s top-rated comedy festival series – because we get all the jokes.)

While in Toronto, I was often homesick for Winnipeg, Manitoba. Because, for me, this place is the heart of everything: the country, the continent, and our stories together.

I always knew that I would come back home to Manitoba. Because it’s a microcosm of all that’s beautiful and best in Canada. The grasslands, the parklands, the forests, the tundra, the glittering lakes and the spectacular Hudson Bay seascape. The First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples who loved the land long before any outsider, and who love and protect it still. And the gathering of so many peoples, cultures, and languages here, in a great, unfinished, experiment in building community.

These things capture my heart, and compel my love for my city and my province. The sheer kindness and decency of Manitobans gives me hope. From young and old alike, I’ve heard their desire to listen and learn, and walk the Journey of Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. I’ve heard so many Manitobans voice their longing for an end to racism, and it makes me love the future I know we can build together.

Even through drought and flood and depression and war and the stress of the pandemic, Manitobans have always been resilient and caring and strong for one another. It’s a special kind of generosity and strength in our community, that makes me proud to call this place home.

Winnipeg, and Manitoba, have given me so much joy, in every season. The joy of leading my sons in my grandfather’s footsteps, fishing in the Winnipeg River. The joy of taking a quiet walk along Victoria Beach in the autumn, with my wife Tracy. The joy of breathing the pure air and hiking through the astonishing beauty of places like McGillivray Falls, Spruce Woods Park, and the Pembina Valley. The joy of skating for hours on our frozen rivers and the backyard rink. And the wonder of knowing, in this vast and amazing province, there’s always so much yet to see.
When I consider my life, and all the people and places and moments that matter to me, they are all wrapped up forever in one beautiful word, rooted in Cree and Ojibway: “Manitoba.”

Meegwetch, merci, and thank you, Manitoba.

Mayor Brian Bowman
City of Winnipeg

Submitted Love Letters


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)


Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute Grade 8 Art - Kyla Kisil


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


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


A Hallmark Love Story

Farming Manitoba

Wonderful Wildlife

Home Sweet Home

Manitoba's Best Kept Secret


RACHEL and Logan

Love my Manitoba

The Caves Trail

Manitoba skies


Kinosao Lake Trail memories

Love for Lake Audy

Lovely Lake Winnipeg

Lake Manitoba, Oh Manitoba!

What I love about Manitoba


My home, My heart, My Manitoba

Ode to the Manitoba Sky


Passion is a word for us

The Forks, The Exchange District and Surrounding Areas

Manitoba Farm Auction

Maple Sugar Run.


Arts + Culture Like No Other


Love My Manitoba Winter days

A love for the land, wrapped up in memories


My Love for McGillivray Falls

Oh Oak Hammock Marsh!

Beautiful Birds Hill Provincial Park

You, Me & BDE

Happy to Hike to Hunt Lake

Kings Park moments

Bear Lake, MB

The Forks

Pine Point Rapids

Astounding Aikens Lake

Amazing, inside & out!

Love The Esplanade Riel!

Gardening in Manitoba is a Love Affair

Crocuses in April

Home Away From Home

First Sign of Spring

Beautiful Manitoba

Mairzy Doats and Liddle Lamzy Divey

Manitoba Multiculturalism

King's Park my go to!

Winnipeg beach in the summer


Amazing at Twin Beaches, MB

You Make Me Feel Rich!

Allo Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain!!

Clear Lake Love

Clearwater Lao


Wonderful Whiteshell

Manitoba, You are So Special!!

Meet you at the Bell MTS Place!

You're corny & I love you!

Winnipeg Coyote

Manitoba Glass Works

You Are Immaculate!

Ahoy Manitoba!

Love you Lower Fort Garry, you National Historic Site, you!

Dam you!

U & Me ; Union Station!

Carman Golf Course

Happy Birthday Manitoba

My Bae, the Basilique-Cathedrale de Saint Boniface..

Le Musee de Saint Boniface

Dalnavert Museum

Gabrielle Roy House / La Maison Gabrielle Roy

Wanna WAG with me?

I'm spying on you!!

Upper Fort Garry Hertiage Provincial Park

Oh St.Boniface City Hall!!

Love my Manitoba Legislative Building

Beautiful weather

Peaceful province

Beautiful Manitoba

True North Adventures

Manitoba, a Great Place to Be!

Trail Blazer


Enjoying Winnipeg parks

Walking in The Park

Rolland 4-H Museum

Love for Humankind

Prairie Cathedral.


Manitoba...From the Air

The Swan Valley

My 150th Blood Donation in Manitoba's 150th year

I LOVE Hiking in Manitoba

We Love our Lakes in Manitoba!


Beyond the Beauty

Manitoba Runs on Love


Oh, Manitoba, what a treasure you are!

A love letter to Winnipeg

Manitoba is about the people

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