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The Forks National Historic Site of Canada

2014 Events

Parka celebrates with kids at an event There are lots of activities to do and people to meet at The Forks.
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May 16

The Parks Canada Information Desk opens for the season. Come by and visit! We will be more than happy to tell you about school programs, general tours, and more!

May 31-June 1: Doors Open Winnipeg

We will be offering our 6,000 Years in 60 Minutes! tour for this event.

The FREE tours meet and depart from the Parks Canada Kiosk inside the Explore Manitoba Centre at The Forks at:

  • 11:00 am (English tour)
  • 1:00 pm (English tour)
  • 3:00 pm (French tour)

For more information, please visit:

June 5-8: The Winnipeg International Children’s Festival

Take a trip through history with Parks Canada at the Variety Heritage Adventure Park. Join us for games and colouring, then journey through the Adventure Park! Scale the Fort Gibraltar walls, ride in the Red River Cart, or hop aboard The Countess of Dufferin train and imagine traveling across the sunny prairies.

Visit for more information.

June 21: APTN Aboriginal Day Live

Join Parks Canada and APTN for Aboriginal Day Live at The Forks! Visit our tents for free airbrush tattoos, our Trade & Treaties touch table, tipi teachings, and historical photo booth.

July 1: Canada Day

Celebrate Canada's birthday with Parks Canada! Visit our tent near the Variety Heritage Adventure Park for crafts, colouring, games, cookies, and more.

July 1-6: Canada History Week

Come by the Parks Canada Kiosk to learn more about The Forks’ greatest stories. We’re also launching our public programming for the summer. Stop by the Kiosk for one of our weekend tours or the Variety Heritage Adventure Park for our FREE half-hour HistoryBytes programs.

July 19: Parks Day

Discover more about Canada's Parks and Sites. Explore The Forks National Historic Site through games, activities, and tours!

August 2-4: Winnipeg Off to War!

If Ye Break Free
© Canadian War Museum
CWM 19850475-013

It's August 1914 and Britain has declared war on Germany. There's excitement in Winnipeg as the First World War begins, but the mood soon sours as the list of casualties rolls in.

Join Parks Canada at The Forks National Historic Site as we commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War on August 4. Explore the impact of the war on Winnipeg and Manitoba through crafts, discussion, propaganda and photographs.

Discover the effect of war on a young city – marches down Portage Avenue, government propaganda on telephone poles, and “enemy aliens” sent to internment camps in Brandon. Make a victory bond button and learn the recipe for trench cake, a treat sometimes sent to the front lines. Then, examine war propaganda found in Winnipeg at the time. Would you have been convinced?

Displays and crafts: August 2-4, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Variety Heritage Adventure Park

Commemorative Ceremony: August 4, 11:00 a.m. at the Orientation Circle

September 1

Today is our last day of programming! Come get your last taste of summer.