The Forks is a historic site, meeting place and green space in Downtown Winnipeg located at the confluence of the Red River and Assiniboine River. For at least 6000 years, the Forks has been the meeting place for early Aboriginal peoples, and since colonization has also been a meeting place for European fur traders, Métis buffalo hunters, Scottish settlers, riverboat workers, railway pioneers and tens of thousands of immigrants.
The Forks in Winnipeg: You don’t want to miss this classic attraction
Ideal for people of all ages, the Forks is located in the heart of Winnipeg where the Assiniboine River meets the Red River. Locals and tourists alike frequent the Forks at all times of the year, but it is especially hopping during the summer months.
The Forks boasts a beautiful park with green space and plenty of trees, a garden of prairie grasses, an outdoor stage and a museum, in addition to a myriad of restaurants, bars and shops. As an historic site, it’s worth paying a visit to the winding paths through the park, where you can find many signs detailing the 6,000-year history of this meeting place. Live entertainment is another highlight of the Winnipeg attraction.
The location is ideal, whether you are walking, bussing or driving. While you’re at the Forks you might want to walk across the bridge and wander over to St. Boniface to immerse yourself in the French community, or take a stroll down the riverwalk to Osborne Village. The train station at the Forks is not to be missed, with its ornate designs and style.
What will you find at the Forks?
Dozens of festivals and special events take place at the Forks every year, which is a large part of what makes it such a special Winnipeg attraction. Salsa Sundays in the summer are a wonderful way to learn how to dance. Bands often play at the Scotiabank Stage; buskers and performers for children can be found all over the Forks. Walking tours, skating trails and ChocolateFest are only a few of the always much-anticipated events.
The year-round food market provides fresh fruits and vegetables, and there is also a local bakery, cheese shop, seafood market, wine store and more. You can do much of your grocery shopping right there at the Forks – after stopping for a cold beverage at one of the many restaurants and bars in the area to beat the heat, of course.
There is more than just food available at the Forks. Boutiques, gift shops and an extensive antique store complete this famous Winnipeg attraction. Handmade trinkets, Aboriginal art and clothing made from unique materials are just some of the many items that you will discover.
You’re in luck if you live somewhere along the river: the riverboat can take you up the Assiniboine and drop you off at a number of docks. It’s a fun, fast and inexpensive way to travel. After visiting the Forks, you’ll likely have a number of shopping bags, making a boat trip the preferable option to walking all the way home.
For those looking for something a little more upscale, be sure to visit the Inn at the Forks. This gorgeous hotel contains the Riverstone Spa, which offers luxury treatments.
Take an entire day to cruise the Forks and make the most of this celebrated Winnipeg attraction – it will be well worth your while.
Publish Date: 05/29/2011 9:00
The still waters of the Assiniboine River reflect the lights of the marina and surrounding buildings at The Forks National Historic Site during dusk in the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Publish Date: 05/27/2011 19:00
Sagan Morrow owns an open-concept condo in Winnipeg’s Exchange District and loves downtown living. By night she writes the blog Living Healthy in the Real World and is the Executive Director for The Food Label Movement; by day, she coordinates the Dig In local food campaign for Food Matters Manitoba. She enjoys taking in the theatre and art culture of downtown Winnipeg during her spare time.