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“A fun place to visit”

The Forks National Historic Site
Ranked #4 of 194 things to do in Winnipeg
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Discover a green oasis in the heart of Winnipeg. This nine-acre (3.6 hectare) park, which encompasses open green spaces and tree-lined walkways, is a national treasure owned and operated by Parks Canada. Enlightening interpretive displays, inspiring sculptures, stone pictographs and ceremonial bronze gambling sticks embody the Site’s rich continuum of historical events that span over 6,000 years.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed January 9, 2014

Having grown up in Manitoba I've come here quite a bit over the years during trips into the city. My favourite in the last year was when I went with some friends on the Riverboat tour and actually learned quite a bit of Winnipeg's history. It's about $9.00 (I think) for a tour which lasts approx. half an hour (maybe longer? can't remember). On a nice sunny day this is great to do.

The shops inside the buildings are quaint and fun to look around in, with some neat items to purchase made from artisans around Manitoba. A little pricey, but they are hand crafted. My favourite place to look around in would be the massive antique shop in the basement underneath The Old Spaghetti Factory; I could spend hours down there!
Best coffee would be at the Human Bean.

Have gone many times in the past, and will continue in the future.

Thank JuliannaMarie
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Reviewed December 24, 2013

It;s still the same, shops, lovely views of the waterfront, people watching...but the entire sight needs a good scrubbing and a refresh...paint would be a start. When first constructed (or should I say converted) from warehouse and railway buildings this place was a novelty...now its all rather down at the heels. Perhaps the Canadian Museum of Human Rights will inject much needed capital into the area and see a refurbishment done. Also the shops seem to come and go on a regular basis and what were rather unique have been exchanged for the usual tourist oriented shops...

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Reviewed December 20, 2013

The river trail and overland trails at the Forks provide a unique skating experience due in part to their sheer size and their historical location: the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.

You can start your skating experience on the overland trails which connect 2 rinks: the rink under the canopy and the Olympic-sized skating rink. Once you have skated this area (be sure to go over the old rail bridge too; great views of the river trail from here), walk down the stairs to the famous river trail. Here you will find yet another large skating rink and a curling rink too.

The opening date and length of the river trail depends on how cold it is so this can vary each year. In the past, it has been a Guinness World Record holder for the longest, naturally frozen skating trail in the world! It is generally in excellent condition but does take a beating on a balmy weekend (in Winnipeg that’s when temps go above freezing). On a cold, crisp day the ice is fast and the skating is exhilarating! There’s a place to rent skates and interesting warming huts along the trail. You can also walk or cross country ski alongside the trail.

There are large parking lots with free parking; there’s also a parkade. The metered parking in front of Inn at the Forks provides the most convenient parking for trail access. Parking here allows you to put your skates on in the car and walk a few steps to the skating trail. Parking in all areas fills up quickly on the weekends.

For more information on events and ice conditions go to:
http://www.theforks.com/events/signature-events/skating-trails-park-conditions

Thank Via_girl
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

Walking trails, guided boat tour, public park and gardens. Great place to take it slowly and enjoy nature. People watching, prety shops and historic place.

Thank DianeB12
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

We were there on a cold fall morning with temperatures around freezing. We wandered the pathways and marveled at the ice patterns forming on the rivers. Not much was open, but we enjoyed the views and reading about the history. We did find that the historical plaques were hard to read. The contrast between the granite and the carved letters was not enough. The bridge across the river is interesting to walk across also.

Thank sascrat
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