Steinbach is the third largest city in Manitoba! Our population as of the 2011 Federal Census is 13,524 people. Steinbach is located about 58 km southeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The city is bordered by the Rural Municipality of Hanover (north, west, and south), and the Rural Municipality of La Broquerie (east). Steinbach is found on the eastern edge of the Canadian Prairies, while Sandilands Provincial Forest is a short distance east of the city. The name of “Steinbach” is translated from Low-German as “Stony Brook” and was first settled by Mennonites in 1874. They were ethnic Germans from the Ukraine. The city continues to have a strong Mennonite and German influence today; more than 50 percent of the residents claim a German heritage.
Steinbach is primarily an agricultural community; however, as the regional economic hub of southeastern Manitoba, Steinbach has a trading area population of about 50,000 people. Steinbach is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth and has much to offer its residents. Not only does the City offer a number of luxurious condominiums and affordable apartments, but there are also a wide variety of ways to spend your days and get involved in the community. The city also has many service and commercial businesses to serve the population. Steinbach is the third fastest-growing census agglomeration in Canada. Out of the eight fastest-growing agglomerations, Steinbach is the only one located outside Alberta. The city had a population growth of 22.2% between the 2006 and the 2011 census periods. It is now the third-largest city in Manitoba. The city has gained national recognition as an immigration destination of Canada and a model for immigrant integration in the country. In 2012, for the first time MoneySense included Steinbach in its list of ‘best places to live in Canada,’ ranking the community as 66th of 190 cities
Steinbach is home to the Mennonite Heritage Village Museum. It is a major tourist attraction in the area, as thousands of visitors visit it each year. It has an indoor facility documenting the history of Low-German speaking Mennonites from Russia and an outdoor village, which is most famous for its windmill. The museum includes two monuments originally erected in Russia to commemorate the centennial of Chortitza and honor the two Mennonite leaders, Jacob Hoeppner and Johann Bartsch, who chose the site and accompanied the first colonists.
Hitch your horses and pack your luggage for a harrowing tale of migration and settlement at the Mennonite Heritage Village. Travel through time to a turn-of-the century Russian Mennonite street village on our 40 acre site, taste traditional Mennonite fare at the museum’s Livery Barn Restaurant, and explore a classic Mennonite housebarn and a fully operational Dutch windmill during our summer season. View historic and heirloom treasures from Poland and Russia to Canada, displayed in the permanent and Gerhard Ens galleries, and find that perfect souvenir at Village Books and Gifts, all open year-round in the Village Centre.
There is always something new to experience. With changing annual themes and temporary exhibits celebrating the Mennonite heritage and culture, new artifacts donated each year, and a broad range of activities and demonstrations, from wagon rides to bread baking, throughout the summer on our Festival days. Like the city itself, this bustling village offers fresh experiences with each visit.