Portage La Prairie Manitoba
Portage la Prairie is a little city in the Central Plains Region of Manitoba, Canada, with a population of 13,500, and the acreage of the city was 24.68 square kilometers. Portage la Prairie is approximately 75 kilometers west of Winnipeg, along the Trans-Canada Highway (exactly between the provincial limits of Saskatchewan and Ontario), and rests on the Assiniboine River, which flooded the town constantly up until a diversion channel north to Lake Manitoba (the Portage Diversion) was built to divert the floodwaters. The city is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie.
According to Environment Canada, Portage la Prairie has the most bright days during the warm months in Canada.
It is the administrative head office of the Dakota Tipi First Nations reserve.
In central Portage la Prairie, there is a peninsula known as Island Park, bounded by an oxbow lake called Crescent Lake. Every winter season, the “island” has a celebration of lights consisting of Christmas lights embellishing a driving course around the boundary. In addition, a highly popular winter season lights parade is held. The island has an 18-hole golf course, Portage Industrial Exhibition premises which host various agricultural competitors and midway, an outdoor water park, a large pen enclosure for deer, a birdcage location featuring peacocks, playgrounds, walking trails, tennis courts, a duck pond, different monoliths, and a substantial arboretum. It is also the site of the new Portage Credit Union Centre, the brand-new house of the Portage Terriers hockey club, and an indoor water park. Crescent Lake is home to flocks of migrating and nesting Canada geese.
Just south of the Portage la Prairie by-pass is the Portage Spillway, where the Assiniboine River empties into a diversion which in current years has safeguarded the city from flooding. Not only does this area mark the value of the river in Portage’s history, however, but it is also house to Portage Spillway-Wayside Provincial Park, a park that is especially popular with anglers in the summer months.
Aside from parks, the Portage la Prairie/Central Plains Region includes many fine camping areas situated within a 15-30-minute drive of the city and offers a couple of public beaches including Delta Beach, home to the Delta Marsh Field Station/Wildlife Reserve (part of this beach/area was damaged due to flooding in the spring of 2011), Jackson Lake (situated two mi (3.2 km) southeast of Sidney, Manitoba, about a 35-minute drive west of Portage la Prairie) and Twin Lakes Beach, an hour northeast of Portage, also on Lake Manitoba.
Portage la Prairie is around 75 kilometers west of Winnipeg, along the Trans-Canada Highway (precisely between the provincial borders of Saskatchewan and Ontario), and sits on the Assiniboine River, which flooded the town persistently until a diversion channel north to Lake Manitoba (the Portage Diversion) was built to divert the floodwaters. Simply south of the Portage la Prairie by-pass is the Portage Spillway, where the Assiniboine River clears into a diversion which in current years has actually protected the city from flooding. Not only does this area mark the significance of the river in Portage’s history, but it is home to Portage Spillway-Wayside Provincial Park, a park that is particularly popular with fishermen in the summertime months.
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