Thompson is a city in northern Manitoba. As the "Hub of the North", it serves as the regional trade and service center of northern Manitoba. Thompson is located along the Burntwood River, 830 km (520 mi) north of the Canada–United States border, 739 km (459 mi) north of the provincial capital of Winnipeg, and 396 km (246 mi) northeast of Flin Flon. As of 2016, it has a population of 13,123 residents.
Its most prominent local industry is mining, milling, smelting, and refining of nickel, with nickel concentrates coming from Voisey's Bay, Labrador.
Many federal and provincial government agencies have offices in Thompson. Thompson has a large retail sector, providing such things as clothing for all ages, a pet store, jewelry stores, travel agencies, vehicle dealerships and grocery stores. Calm Air Airlines and Perimeter Aviation provide direct service between Winnipeg and Thompson. There has been intermittent jet service to Thompson, with the runway at the Thompson Airport able to accommodate a Boeing 737.
New businesses are being established, and employment opportunities remain plentiful. While the historical economic growth of Thompson has been rooted in mining, Thompson is now considered to be the regional center for health, education, government, transportation and retail services in northern Manitoba. Continual investments from public sector have established Thompson as a regional center. Thompson has experienced an economic boom in recent years. Since 2005, several major investments, new developments, and businesses have been attracted to the community. As well, several positive announcements have been made for the city's future economic growth. The University College of the North new campus is complete and student family housing was completed in 2013. The final phase of the Thompson Regional Community Centre was completed in May 2012.
Thompson monthly temperature means range from −23.9 °C (−11.0 °F) in January to 16.2 °C (61.2 °F) in July, and the annual is −2.9 °C (26.8 °F). Though a majority of the annual precipitation of 509 millimeters (20.0 in) falls from June to September, winter is by no means devoid of precipitation. Snow falls are mainly from October to May, with generally small accumulation in June and September, totaling 187 centimeters (74 in) per year.blog comments powered by Disqus