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

I love my MB sunsets!


My Memories of Manitoba Moments


Made in Manitoba

Love the lake

Manitoba, why I love thee.

Patricia Beach Provincial Beach

Killarney Drive-in theatre

Harvest season

Summer outdoor markets


Dear Manitoba, I love you

I'll always be a Flatlander

Ode to a prairie province

Friendly Manitoba


Changing seasons

Outdoor Patios

Walking/biking/jogging paths


Rainy Manitoba Day

Community Gardens

Fishing Trips

Manitoba Road Trips



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


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


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


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


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