Winnipeg (population 800,000) is the capital of Manitoba and for many years was Canada's third city (after Montreal and Toronto.) Its prosperity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries afforded splendid glass from international studios such as Morris & Company and Heaton, Butler & Bayne, of London; Rambusch of New York; and from leading Canadian houses like Robert McCausland and Napoleon Lyon of Toronto. The city's Beaux Arts 20th century architecture was sometimes lavishly embellished, as in the delightful fairy tale windows in the Marlborough Hotel.

Winnipeg has been home to innovative 20th century glass artists including the sculptor Leo Mol, the architect Etienne Gaboury and glass masters John Allward and Ernest Ashcroft.