Portage la Prairie
Crescent Lake Walking Path
Portage la Prairie is a small city in the Central Plains Region of Manitoba, Canada. As of 2011, the population was 12,996 and the land area of the city was 24.67 square kilometers. Portage la Prairie is located approximately 75 kilometers west of Winnipeg, along the Trans-Canada Highway (located exactly between the provincial boundaries of Saskatchewan and Ontario), and sits on the Assiniboine River.
- The Community Walkway, which parallels Crescent Lake, is a 5.2 km (3.2 mi), multi-use trail used for walking, bicycling, skateboarding and rollerblading, running past many grand heritage homes and the tranquil, picturesque sites along the lake.
- World's largest Coca-Cola can. It was constructed from an old water tower and is now located between the local Canadian Tire and Canad Inns hotel on Saskatchewan Avenue West.
- U-pick strawberry and Saskatoon berry farms are within a 15-minute drive by car.
- The Portage Credit Union Centre features two National Hockey League regulation size indoor arenas, one with seating capacity for 1,680, as well as an indoor pool and wave pool, it is also home to the farmers market.
- Fort La Reine Museum is a museum located on the east end of Portage.
- Portage Curling Club, Aalto's Garden Cafe, a pub known as Tavern United, and many banquet halls.
- Community of Southport, located about 5 km (3.1 mi) south of Portage la Prairie, is home to a small recreation complex featuring a gymnasium, aside from the proudly displayed military/air force history throughout the town and airport.
- According to Environment Canada, Portage la Prairie has the most sunny days during the warm months in Canada.
- Both the CPR and Canadian National Railways (CNR) intersect in Portage.
- Scenes for the documentary film We Were Children were shot at the former residential school in Portage la Prairie, now the Rufus Prince building.
- The name is derived from the French word portage, which means to carry a canoe overland between waterways. In this case the "Portage" was between the Assiniboine River and Lake Manitoba, over la prairie.
- The local economy is largely dependent on agriculture and supporting industries (trucking, transportation, chemical/fertilizer, farm machinery dealerships, etc.).
- Portage la Prairie is considered to be the world's strawberry capital.
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