Portage La Prairie, Manitoba is a transportation hub and commercial centre located on the banks of the mighty Assiniboine River. The community is at the crossroads of highways, agriculture and railroads.
Portage La Prairie is located on the main transportation route of the region - the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy #1) and it is located, just east, of another major transportation route - the Yellowhead Highway (Hwy #16).
The community is easily accessible from all directions. Along Hwy #1 located to the east of the community is the City of Winnipeg and to the west is Brandon, Manitoba. To the north on Hwy #16 is Neepawa and to the southwest is the Spruce Woods Provincial Park.
Portage La Prairie, in its hay day, was the hub in Central Canada for the railroad. Both of the country's major rail companies - CPR and CNR - converged in the community. Today... there are as many as 70+ trains passing through the community each and every day.
Portage La Prairie has preserved its history and heritage. There are are historical sites, museums and heritage buildings to view. Some of the more visited sites include Fort La Reine, the Canadian Pacific Railway Station Museum, 1898 City Hall and the 1854 St. Mary's la Prairie Anglican Church.
Because the community is the major commercial centre in the region it enjoys many services important to travelers from big box stores to gift boutiques. The main street in town accessing the many stores is like an urban forest dressed in large cottonwood trees.
Some of the services include retail shops, conference facilities, sports centres, casino, guides, restaurants, grocery stores, liquor stores, exhibition grounds, car rentals, banks, laundromats, taxi service, airport and attractions like an Arts Centre, festivals, events, live theatre and a Heritage Square farmers market.
The Portage La Prairie region enjoys many adventures locally and in the nearby parks, beaches and wetland areas. Some of the more popular destinations for activity include the Spruce Woods Provincial Park, St. Ambroise Beach Provincial Park, Republic of Manitobah Park, St. Francis Wildlife Management Area, Delta Marsh and Island Park.
During the summer months some of the activities enjoyed in region of interest to visitors include golfing, fishing, boating, water skiing, hiking, canoeing, hunting, birdwatching, swimming, biking, kayaking, camping, picnicking and horseback riding.
During the winter months, after the snow has fallen and the lakes and rivers freeze over, the activities enjoyed in the region include ice skating, ice fishing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.