A Walk Through the Site
The Forks, at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, has been a gathering place for people for 6,000 years. From an aboriginal campsite to a centre for trade, transportation and settlement, this area was the "Gateway to the Canadian West." Because of this rich heritage, The Forks was opened to the public as a National Historic Site in 1989 to protect and commemorate its history.
The site's 3.6-hectare (9 acre) grounds are open year-round so visitors can enjoy this special place through the seasons. This location along the Red River in the heart of Winnipeg makes The Forks an ideal place to gain a sense of the city's beginnings.