The Pas (once Fort Paskoyac and still sometimes called Paskoyac) is a small town in northern Manitoba. The Pas is known as “Gateway to the North”. It had about 5500 people in 2011, a population roughly split between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals.
It is approximately 630 km (390 mi) northwest of the provincial capital, Winnipeg, and 40 km (25 mi) from the border of Saskatchewan. It is sometimes still called Paskoyac by locals after the first trading post, called Fort Paskoya and constructed during French colonial rule. The Pasquia River begins in the Pasquia Hills in east central Saskatchewan. The French in 1795 knew the river as Basquiau.
Known as “The Gateway to the North”, The Pas is a multi-industry northern Manitoba town serving the surrounding region. The main components of the region’s economy are agriculture, forestry, commercial fishing, tourism, transportation, and services (especially health and education). The main employer is a paper and lumber mill operated by Canadian Kraft Papers. The Pas contains one of the two main campuses of the University College of the North.
The Pas is bordered by part of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation.
The Pas experiences a humid continental climate with long cold winters and short warm summers.
The Pas is 626 km (about 6½-9 hours) north of Winnipeg on Highways 6 and 60.
Via Rail goes once a day, leaving at 12:05PM and arriving 13 hr 40 min later at 1:45AM ($85-290).
Maple Bus Lines Service to Winnipeg and Thompson.
- 1 The Pas Airport (YQD IATA). There is one direct flight a day from Winnipeg (YWG IATA) to The Pas on Calm Air (1 hr 40 min, $440), and one flight that stops at Flin Flon (YFO IATA).