Transportation & Location

Winnipeg has a rich heritage as a transportation hub. It’s been called the ‘Gateway to the West’—and that infrastructure remains today. Winnipeg is situation at the geographic centre of North America and is the northern gateway of the Mid-Continent Trade Corridor.

Mid-Continent Trade and Transportation Corridor

The Mid-Continent Trade and Transportation Corridor consists of a series of interconnected transportation systems—including rail, road, air and marine options—running through the centre of North America from the Arctic Port of Churchill in Manitoba and through the American heartland to Mexico. Over $10 billion in annual two-way trade occurs between Manitoba and the U.S.

Key cities along this corridor include Winnipeg, Minneapolis, Kansas City (Kansas), Kansas City (Missouri), Oklahoma City, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City.

The northern limit of this corridor, Manitoba’s Port of Churchill, provides North America with marine access to and from global markets and is linked by rail to southern transportation routes. Winnipeg has a major intermodal transfer centre and Provincial Highway No. 75 connecting the province with the United States Interstate system’s I-29 and I-35. I-35 connects the United States to Mexico through the southern Port of Laredo.

Location, Location, Location

Winnipeg is a critical transportation centre between Vancouver and Toronto, and it’s the only major city between Thunder Bay and Vancouver with direct rail connections to the United States. The city also boasts a celebrated new airport that continues to win accolades, and some of Canada's biggest trucking firms are headquartered here.

Parked at the intersection of key trade and transportation corridors heading in all directions, Winnipeg is also home to CentrePort Canada, the nation’s first inland port complete with foreign trade zone benefits. This 20,000-acre initiative expedites the movement of goods economically and efficiently to North American, Asian and European markets.