The Forks National Historic Site of Canada
Path of Time © Parks Canada / D. Harper, 2010
Event at The Forks © Parks Canada
The Forks is truly Winnipeg's meeting place. Just steps away from the city's financial and downtown shopping districts, The Forks National Historic Site offers a tranquil respite from urban hustle and bustle. The pathways that weave around this quiet, historic green space are ideal for walking or cycling. The Red River walkway offers views of historic St. Boniface, downtown Winnipeg, and the dramatic L'Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge that connects the hub/centre of Winnipeg with the historic French-quarter of St. Boniface. The walkway extends through the nearby Forks Market area all the way to Manitoba's Legislature building grounds and the Osborne Village shopping and restaurant area.
In the orientation circle, "The Path of Time" sculpture uses sunlight to showcase people's influence on this land throughout time. Created by Manitoba artist Marcel Gosselin, different bronze carvings of tools in this innovative sculpture are reflected onto tindal stone by the sun at different times of the year. As the sun's path tracks across the sky, the different tools are illuminated on the Tyndall stone.
Internationally-acclaimed Aboriginal artist Robert Houle has created 21 bronze ceremonial Gambling Sticks as a tribute to the Aboriginal history at The Forks. They are located along the Red River walkway.
Bring your bike to the site – but once you're here, please dismount and walk your bicycles on all ramps and in congested areas, so that everyone can enjoy the site.
Throughout the year, The Forks National Historic Site hosts community special events, including concerts, charitable picnics, walking marathons, and dragon boat races. Popular festivals such as the Winnipeg International Children's Festival, draw visitors by the thousands. The Forks has been a meeting place for thousands of years, after all, and it continues to fulfill that role. Check our community special events calendar to see what's happening.
On-site interpretation © Parks Canada / D. Harper, 2010
Young and old converge year round at the Forks Market adjacent to the historic site, whether for fireworks on Canada Day and New Year's Eve, for hot chocolate after a brisk winter skate or an ice cream cone to greet the first signs of spring. The Forks Market offers a variety of shopping and dining opportunities, as well as special events throughout the year.
Docking facilities at The Forks National Historic Site and at the Forks Market welcome visitors arriving by boat, and regular boat tours leave from both locations during the summer. In winter, the Red and Assiniboine rivers become skating and cross-country ski trails.
Bordering The Forks National Historic Site, the Manitoba Children's Museum has become a Winnipeg landmark for families, with interactive, educational programming that delights parents and kids.
The Manitoba Theatre for Young People trains young actors and offers live theatre for youngsters.
For out-of-town visitors who want to stay in a central location, The Inn at The Forks is conveniently located by the Market.
The Explore Manitoba Centre in the Market's Johnston Terminal offers information about the tourist attractions of Manitoba, from camping to craft sales to festivals. Parks Canada maintains a seasonal information kiosk there to answer questions you may have about the National Parks and National Historic Sites of Canada.
For more information, contact:
- The Forks National Historic Site of Canada: 204-983-6757
- The Forks Market: 204-942-6302
- Manitoba Children's Museum: 204-924-4000
- Manitoba Theatre for Young People: 204-947-0394
- Inn at The Forks: 204-942-6555
- Forks North Portage Partnership: 204-943-7752
- Explore Manitoba (Travel Manitoba): 204-927-7838 or 1-800-665-0040