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The Forks National Historic Site

2016 Events

May 16

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

May 28: Doors Open Winnipeg - FREE!

Discover The Forks’ hidden history! Take a 6,000 year journey with a Parks Canada interpreter and uncover what lies beneath your feet. Learn the fate of the four fur trading posts and hear the epic stories behind this meeting place. Through curious objects and colourful characters, the history of The Forks comes to life in this easy walking tour.

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

  • 11 a.m. (English tour)
  • 1 p.m. (English tour)
  • 3 pm (French tour)

For more information about Doors Open Winnipeg, please visit:

Mid-June: Urban Treaty Payments

Due to exceptional circumstances, Urban Treaty Payments at the Forks will be delayed this year. Urban Treaty Payments normally take place in mid-June for two weeks. A notice will be issued when alternative dates for Urban Treaty Payments are confirmed.

June 9-12: 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 25: Aboriginal Day Live

Parks Canada is very pleased to once again offer unique and engaging Outreach Education activities at Aboriginal Day Live! in 2016.

Back by popular demand is Parks Canada’s Big Inflatable Beaver, a fun photo backdrop, and starting point for “Parks Canada’s Awesome Activities”. We’ll be offering:

  • Free Airbrush Tattoos - temporary tattoos in beautiful designs that symbolise Canada’s natural and historic treasures.
  • “Stories from Riel House” - a new portable display about Riel House National Historic Site, developed with support from community partners including the Louis Riel Institute of the Manitoba Metis Federation, La Société historique de Saint-Boniface, le Musée Saint-Boniface Museum and l’Union nationale métisse Saint-Joseph du Manitoba.
  • Archeological Discoveries of Riding Mountain - a close-up look at artefacts dating back to the early inhabitants of what is now Riding Mountain National Park.

Visit for more information.

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 1-7: Canada History Week

Come by the Parks Canada Kiosk to learn more about The Forks’ greatest stories.

July 16: Parks Day

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

September 5

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

December 31: Canada 150 Celebrations

On the eve of Canada’s 150th birthday, The Forks Renewal Corporation will organize a New Year’s Eve celebration at The Forks National Historic Site.

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