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City of Dauphin
The Watson Arts Centre was built in 1905.
The Watson Arts Centre was built in 1905.
City of Sunshine
"Everything You Deserve"
Dauphin is located in Manitoba
Location in Manitoba
Country Canada
Province Manitoba
Region Parkland
Established 1898
 • Total 12.68 km2 (4.90 sq mi)
268 m (968 ft)
 • Total 8,457
 • Density 670.7/km2 (1,737/sq mi)
 • Change 2011-16
Time zone UTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
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Website City of Dauphin

Dauphin (French for "heir to the French throne", see Dauphin of France) is a city in Manitoba, Canada, located in western Manitoba near Duck Mountain Provincial Park and Riding Mountain National Park, west of Lake Manitoba and Dauphin Lake, and south of Lake Winnipegosis.


As the largest city within the Parkland, Dauphin has a trading area of over 50,000 people. A large part of Dauphin's economy is based on agriculture, with farms in this area of the province producing grains, oilseeds, honey, and livestock. It is served by Provincial Trunk Highways 5, 10, and 20 and is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Dauphin.

Dauphin Lake

The nearby lake was given the name "Dauphin" by the explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye in 1741 in honour of the heir to the French throne.


Dauphin has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb) with cold winters and warm summers.

Notable people

  • Barry Trotz, head coach of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders and 2018 Stanley cup winner, was born and raised in Dauphin.
  • James Ball competed for Canada in the 1928 Summer Olympics held in Amsterdam, Netherlands in the 400 metres, where he won the Silver medal.
  • Erving Goffman (1922–1982), acclaimed sociologist and author of The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, grew up in Dauphin.
  • Helen Frances Marsh (1917–1995) was editor of The Dauphin Herald and served for 18 years on the town council. She was the first Manitoban in Canada's delegation to the United Nations. She was granted an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba in 1977.
  • Kenneth Winters (1929–2011) was an eminent musician, broadcaster and music critic, and an editor of The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada.

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