Brandon is a welcoming community of over 48,000 people that offers the opportunity and sophistication of metropolitan life minutes from quiet country living. As Manitoba’s second largest city, and the service centre for 180,000 people, Brandon boasts amenities, services, educational and employment opportunities generally found in much larger centres, daily direct passenger air service via WestJet to Calgary, yet has a maximum in city commute of 12 minutes.
With the Assiniboine River winding 17 km through the heart of Brandon, 44 km of paved walking & hiking trails, countless parks, forests, rivers, and lakes within a short drive of Brandon, the area is an oasis for outdoor enthusiasts. Brandon has a reputation as a sports oriented city full of top-notch recreation facilities that include one of the largest convention, entertainment, agricultural and recreation complexes of its kind in Western Canada.
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 and 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 and 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.