- 6000-year old meeting place
- 200 community and special events per year
- 04 million annual visitors
Join a long trail of explorers to the city's historic heartland. The Forks has been a traditional gathering place for Aboriginals settlers, European fur traders, Métis buffalo hunters, Scottish settlers, and railway pioneers. Today, you can take in all the buzz and beauty where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet. Tour an old train depot transformed into a chic shopping experience. Picnic on fresh artisanal cheese and organic wine at the Forks Market. Tour the first steam locomotive to make its way across the Prairies. Watch a live band or catch buskers throwing flames. Be outnumbered by elm trees and river trails. Become part of the city's storied past as you take in the Winnipeg skyline from your canoe. Expect only your excitement to spill over!
- Head to The Forks Market for lunch; a local favorite is the Sushi Train (you pull your sushi from the tabletop train).
- Buy candy in the caboose of an old rail car.
- Let the kids get their hands dirty at the Manitoba Children’s Museum.
- Stroll with your sweetheart along the gorgeous river paths.
- Pick out an antique or perfect prairie-themed souvenir in a transformed railway wharehouse.
- Watch the skateboarders and BMX cyclists fly at Canada’s largest urban skate park and bowl.
- Stroll the tranquil Prairie Garden or winding Assiniboine River walk.
- Study The Wall Through Time, a graphic retelling of the events taking place at The Forks through its 6,000-year history.
- Unwind on the heated massage tables at Riverstone Spa.
- Clap along with the buskers and live singers.
- Rent a canoe following the rippling path of paddle wheelers.
Expect sunny skies and cold winters in Winnipeg from October to February, ideal conditions for outdoor skating. The warm spring weather arrives in late March and lasts to early June when folks begin exploring outdoors. The city's hottest summer months are July and August, when long river walks and outdoor concerts and festivals heat up. Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.
- Plan to spend at least a half day to full day at the Forks.
- Wear comfortable walking footwear and apparel.
- Children’s attractions and activities are plentiful.
- Summer weekends are particularly bustling.
- Full wheelchair access.