Manitoba has over 110,000 lakes offering fisherman a paradise for catching Northern Pike, Catfish or Walleye ? just to name a few! A land of untouched nature, majestic wildlife, vibrant culture and friendly people, Manitoba became a province of Canada in 1870. Churchill's Arctic wildlife is a major tourist attraction; the town is a world capital for polar bear and beluga whale watchers. Manitoba is the only province with an Arctic deep-water seaport, which links to the shortest shipping route between North America, Europe and Asia.