Brandon, Manitoba, Canada is a river valley community located on the banks of the Assiniboine River. It is the second largest city in the province and it is considered the agricultural hub of the Western Region hence the name, "Wheat City".
The community is located in the southwest corner of the province. To the north of Brandon is the Manitoba Escarpment, the community of Neepawa and the Riding Mountain National Park. To the south are the Brandon Hills, the town of Boissevain and the Canada/USA border.
Located east of Brandon on Highway #1 is the town of Portage La Prairie. And to the west of Brandon, Manitoba is the province of Saskatchewan. Brandon is near the ecological centre of North America.
The highlight of Brandon, Manitoba is the Assiniboine River. The river and community are part of the aspen parkland eco region, surrounded by rolling hills and prairie grasslands. The landscape is fertile... so farming has been a major industry in the area for decades. There are agricultural crops and hog and fertilizer processing centres.
History and culture is always on display in the community. There is a doll, airplane and historic museum, tea room, art galleries, agricultural Hall of Fame, reptile exhibit, farmers markets... and on the historic side there are heritage buildings, historic sites, cultural venues, events and festivals.
Some of the heritage sites include the 1912 Maley House, 1884 Court House, 1895 Paterson-Matheson House, 1890 Fraser Block, 1912 Normal Schoolhouse, 1888 Villa Louise, 1882 St. Matthew's Church, 1907 Merchant Bank Building and the 1911 Fire Station.
Many of the best community parks are situated on the banks of the Assiniboine River, as well as, many of the more popular activities are enjoyed near and on the river.
Parks in Brandon and parks located throughout the region include Brandon Hills, Criddle/Vane Homestead Provincial Heritage Park, Dinsdale Park, Eleanor Kidd Park and Gardens, Queen Elizabeth Park, Riding Mountain National Park, Riverbank Trails and the Spruce Wood Provincial Park.
During the summer months some of the activities enjoyed in the region include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, golfing, hunting, tennis, baseball, rollerblading, kayaking, backpacking, horseback riding, camping, canoeing, fishing, birdwatching, picnicking and swimming.
After the snow falls and the waterways freeze over some of the winter activities enjoyed in the region include cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and snowshoeing. Brandon also enjoys a skating oval and an outdoor skating plaza.