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The Forks National Historic Site of Canada

How to Get There

The Forks National Historic Site lies along the Red River, a peaceful stretch of land dedicated to quiet contemplation of times past. Peaceful, that is, unless there's a festival underway: then it's time to celebrate! Here's how to travel to The Forks NHS, no matter where you are located or how you're travelling. PDF Version (366 KB).

The Forks site map
The Forks site map
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Please note: The Forks is a dynamic environment where access is continually being improved (it was a railyard until the late 1980s), so please be prepared for construction projects that may alter or temporarily close the routes described below.


Within the City

By vehicle: The Forks National Historic Site is located in the centre of Winnipeg. You can get there by turning south from Pioneer Avenue or William Stephenson Way onto Waterfront Drive. If you're travelling north along St. Mary's Road/Main Street, there's also a turn-in to The Forks just over the Main Street Bridge (Queen Elizabeth Way). Watch for road signs indicating entrances.

By bus: Winnipeg Transit offers bus service to The Forks. The closest stop is #10907. Stops #10641 and #10625 at the intersection of Main Street and Broadway (Union Station) are also a short walk away. For route and schedule information, contact Winnipeg Transit via TeleBUS at 287-RIDE (7433), by sending an SMS (text) to BUStxt at 287898, or go to www.winnipegtransit.com or m.winnipegtransit.com on your mobile device.

On foot: The Forks is a pedestrian-friendly area you can reach by Winnipeg's beautiful river walks during summer, fall and winter (spring flooding is an expected event in Winnipeg) or by any of the access routes available to vehicles.

By bike: Cycling is a great way to come to The Forks. There are many bike paths on and near the site. We do request that you dismount and walk your bicycle on all ramps and in congested areas, so everyone's visit is pleasant and safe.

By boat: Docking facilities are available at The Forks, so why not come ashore for a stroll?

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Outside the City

By rail: VIA Rail has regular train service to Winnipeg's 100-year-old Union Station, located on the doorstep of The Forks National Historic Site. Learn more about Via Rail service.

By vehicle:

  • From the North: Travel south on Highway #9 (also known as Main Street or Route 52). Continue south through the famous Portage and Main intersection. Just a block south lies William Stephenson Way, an access route to The Forks. Turn left (east) on William Stephenson Way. Continue travelling eastward to Pioneer Boulevard. There will be signs to direct you to The Forks. Turn right (south) and follow the signs for parking.
  • From the South: Travel north on Highway 75 (also known as Pembina Highway or Route 42) for 20 to 30 minutes. Pembina Highway will become Donald Street. Proceed north over the Donald Street Bridge. Turn right (east) on Broadway. Continue on Broadway to Main Street. Turn left (north) on Main Street, and, in a few blocks, right (east) on William Stephenson Way. Continue east until you reach Pioneer Boulevard, turn right (south) and follow the signs for parking.
  • From the East: Travel along the TransCanada Highway to St. Anne's Road (Route 165). Proceed north along St. Anne's as it merges with St. Mary's Road (Route 52). Continue along St. Mary's Road over the Norwood Bridge and Main Street Bridge (Queen Elizabeth Way). Directly past the Main Street Bridge, on the right hand side, you'll find a turn-in to The Forks. Turn right (east) and then left (north) and follow the signs for parking.
  • From the West: Travel along the TransCanada Highway (Portage Avenue), until you get to the famous Portage and Main intersection. Turn right (south) on Main Street. Just a block south lies William Stephenson Way, an access route to The Forks. Turn (left) east on William Stephenson Way. Continue travelling eastward to Waterfront Drive. There will be signs to direct you to The Forks. Turn right (south) and follow the signs for parking.