Manitoba is a province of Canada at the longitudinal centre of the country. It is Canada's fifth-most populous province, with a population of 1,278,365. The easternmost of the three prairie provinces, Manitoba covers widely varied landscape, from arctic tundra and the Hudson Bay coastline in the north to dense boreal forest, large freshwater lakes, and prairie grasslands in the central and southern regions. Manitoba's capital and largest city is Winnipeg, the seventh most populous municipality in Canada. The most important colleges and universities in Manitoba include International College of Manitoba, University Of Manitoba - St. Paul's College, University Of Manitoba, Assiniboine Community College, Brandon University and The University Of Winnipeg.