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Brandon, Manitoba

Brandon, the second largest city in Manitoba, is a welcoming community of close to 50,000 people and the service centre for 180,000 people. 

The city boasts amenities, services, educational and employment opportunities generally found in much larger centres yet has a maximum in city commute of 12 minutes.

The City is consistently ranked in the top 10 Best Places to Live in Money Sense Magazine, out of 190 communities across Canada.

A low crime rate, diversified economy, stable housing market, student oriented education system, abundant recreational and cultural opportunities create an enviable quality of life for our residents. 

Situated in the southwest corner of Manitoba, one hour from the USA and Saskatchewan borders and two hours from the Winnipeg International airport. Brandon Municipal Airport offers Brandon/Calgary daily direct passenger air service via WestJet.

Fast Facts

  • Consistently rated in the top 10 out of 190 communities across Canada, in Money Sense Magazine's Best Places to Live rankings.
  • Population of 48,859 (2016 Census).
  • Brandon is the only Canadian city of its size that offers a University, a regional Community College and an Emergency Services College. 
  • Over 2,000 businesses operate in Brandon's diverse economic base.
  • The Assiniboine River winds 17 kilometres through the heart of Brandon.
  • Cottage country can be reached within 20 minutes.
  • Brandon is one of the sunniest cities in Canada.
  • Average house purchase price in Brandon is: $284,956 (2017) .
  • Average 2 bedroom rent in Brandon is $853 monthly (2017).

Getting Down to Business

Agri-food products and related services represent the area’s largest industrial cluster.

Employment opportunities can be found in:

  • manufacturing
  • health care
  • education
  • retail
  • wholesale trade
  • transportation and warehousing.

This diverse economic base, coupled with strong economic growth has kept unemployment levels low.

Arts, Culture and Social Scene

Arts and culture are a very important part of what makes Brandon such a great place to live.  The Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium is a hub for professional, amateur musical and drama performances.  The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba showcases the work of international, national, regional and local artists and has been providing hands on art instruction for over 75 years.  Brandon University is home to the renowned School of Music and serves as a magnet for a diverse range of musical talent.

Local musicians regularly perform in local restaurants and lounges.  With countless volunteer and professional theatre, arts, dance and musical groups, Brandon offers metropolitan culture with small town heart.

Recreation and Outdoors

With 44 kilometres of paved walking and hiking trails, countless parks, forests, rivers, and lakes within a short drive of Brandon, the area is an oasis for outdoor enthusiasts. Brandon has three downhill ski areas within two hours.

The city is connected to trails that will lead snowmobile riders into winter paradise.  In addition to its location along the Assiniboine River, Brandon is uniquely positioned near some of Canada’s most amazing natural attractions including the Spirit Sands, a prairie desert phenomenon, and the spectacular Riding Mountain National Park.

Brandon has a reputation as a sports-oriented city full of top-notch recreation facilities, including one of the largest convention, entertainment, agricultural and recreation complexes of its kind in Western Canada. 

Throughout the city one can find professional-sized ice skating surfaces, numerous sheets of curling ice, an indoor soccer arena, multiple indoor fitness centers, racquet ball and squash courts, an outdoor running track, skateboard park, 5 golf courses (16 within an hour of Brandon) and numerous indoor and outdoor pools and spray parks.

Getting to Brandon, Manitoba