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MANITOBA FOR FOODIES, FAMILIES AND FRESH AIR FANATICS BY JUDY WAYTIUK Manitoba's unique mix of founding peoples— the indigenous First Nations, and then the descendants of early French, British, and Scottish explorers—has been spiced up over the centuries with waves of newer immigrants, eager both to embrace their new culture and to celebrate their roots. The result is a province that is a kaleidoscope of culture: Vietnamese, Japanese, Ethiopian, Filipino and dozens more. 1,318,100 Winnipeg Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, 10 km (6 mi.) from downtown ESPLANADE RIEL AND THE MUSEUM FOR HUMAN RIGHTS • TOURISM WINNIPEG/ZYRON PAUL FELIX There is no better showcase to sample them all than through Folklorama, the early August celebration of Manitoba's people, where immigrants and their children create pavilions that showcase their food, history, and culture. Visit some four dozen coun- tries all in the span of two solid weeks ( ). But visitors who don't make it to Folklorama can drop into city neighbourhoods and traditional ethnic communities anytime; they all off er their own mini-cultural immersions: Corydon Avenue's Little Italy; the city centre's tiny, vibrant Chinatown; the Filipino stretch along Ellice Avenue; and a sprinkling of tiny, family-run southeast Asian eateries, from Japanese to Vietnamese. Winnipeg is the province's dominant city, sitting just west of the precise longitudinal centre of Canada—30 km (19 mi.) east of the city, on the Trans-Canada Highway at 96 degrees, 38 minutes and 45 seconds west. But the entire province, smack in the middle of Canada, is a playground for more adventurous souls seeking the beauty and solitude of unspoiled nature. Rugged Precambrian Shield granite, lush with forests and thousands of lakes to the northeast, gives way to rolling hills and vast, rich, MB 80

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