Parks Canada's Neighbours Around The Forks
St. Boniface Museum | St. Boniface Cathedral
Splash Dash Guided River Tours
Union Station | Winnipeg Railway Museum
Manitoba Children's Museum
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
The St. Boniface Cathedral © Parks Canada
The St. Boniface Museum, just across the Red River on Taché Avenue, offers a glimpse of the history of the French quarter of Winnipeg, a community that's as vibrant today as it was when the fur trade was the main commerce of this area. The museum is located in the former Grey Nuns Convent, the oldest building in Winnipeg and is itself a national historic site.
Also across the Red River from The Forks National Historic Site is the St. Boniface Cathedral, an impressive historic structure in its own right. Stroll through the graveyard where Louis Riel is buried, or have a closer look at the limestone façade that houses the modern cathedral (the cathedral was destroyed by fire, but the façade remains).
Splash Dash Guided River Tours © Parks Canada
Departing from the Historic Port at The Forks, Splash Dash Guided River Tours offer scenic and informative half-hour tours of the Red and Assiniboine rivers. These popular tours offer a glimpse of the cityscape not available from anywhere but the rivers. Tours depart every 15 minutes from 10:00 a.m. to sunset, seven days a week from May 15 to October 15, weather and flood permitting. Tickets are available at the Splash Dash kiosk at the dock. Call Splash Dash at 204-783-6633 for more information.
Interior of Union Station; rear entrance of Union Station; and Winnipeg Railway Museum © Parks Canada
Clearly visible from The Forks is Union Station. This Beaux Arts style train station, designed by the same architect responsible for Grand Central Station in New York, was opened in 1911 and is still in use today. It also serves as home to the Winnipeg Railway Museum, which includes the Countess of Dufferin, an historic steam engine dating from the early railroad era in Winnipeg. Call 204-942-4632 for more information.
Manitoba Children's Museum © Parks Canada
The Manitoba Children's Museum offers interactive, educational programming that delights kids and adults alike. It includes galleries, a Welcome Centre, and an Arts and Exhibition Centre. Please contact the Museum at 204-924-4000 for more information.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights © Parks Canada
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights
is currently under construction at The Forks. The museum will explore the subject of human rights in Canada and around the world.