History takes on new meaning for students! You and your students can discover The Forks’ past first-hand, through one of our Manitoba curriculum-based programs and activities.

For bookings, please call 204-98-FORKS (204-983-6757) or email pc.manitoba.pc@canada.ca

*Prices reflect 2019 school program fee increases. Programs offered weather permitting.


Unpacking the past

Grades Kindergarten - 3

What brings so many people to The Forks? Join an interpretive guide on an interactive tour of The Forks. Along the journey, the contents of three suitcases will be revealed and you will unpack games, stories, and more to help discover the story of this significant place.

Length: 60 minutes
Fees: $3.90 per person
Availability: May 13 – June 28, 2019

Social Studies Curriculum:

  • Kindergarten – Cluster 1, 2 & 3: Me, The People Around Me, The World Around Me
  • Grade 1 – Cluster 1 & 2: I Belong, My Environment
  • Grade 2 – Cluster 1, 2 & 3: Our Local Community, Communities in Canada, The Canadian Community
  • Grade 3 – Cluster 1: Connecting with Canadians
6,000 years in 60 minutes!

Grades 4 - 12

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.

Length: 60 minutes
Fees: $3.90 per person
Availability: May 13 – June 28, 2019

Social Studies Curriculum:

  • Grade 4 – Cluster 3 & 4: Living in Manitoba, History of Manitoba
  • Grade 5 – Cluster 1, 2, 3 & 4: First Peoples, Early European Colonization (1600 to 1763), Fur Trade, From British Colony to Confederation (1763-1867)
  • Grade 6 – Cluster 1: Building a Nation (1867-1914)
  • Grade 7 – Cluster 2 & 4: Global Quality of Life, Human Impact in Europe or the Americas
  • Grade 8 – Cluster 1: Understanding Societies Past and Present
  • Grade 9 – Cluster 1: Diversity and Pluralism in Canada
  • Grade 10 – Cluster 5: Urban Places
  • Grade 11 – Cluster 1: First Peoples and Nouvelle-France (to 1763)
  • Grade 12 – Global Issues

Group Activities:

Campfires and community

Grade Kindergarten - 12

Gather around, find a comfortable spot in the tipi and take part in one of Manitoba’s oldest traditions, storytelling. An experienced interpreter will captivate you with Indigenous legends. Learn about the significance of colours in some Indigenous cultures while making your own medicine wheel bracelet. Lastly, participate in a storytelling game and learn about the Selkirk Settlers and their struggle to build a community in the Red River area.

Length: 45 minutes
Fees: $4.90 per person
Availability: May 13 - June 28, 2019

  • Grade 1 – Clusters 1, 2 & 3: I Belong, My Environment, Connecting with Others
  • Grade 2 – Cluster 1: Our Local Community
  • Grade 3 – Clusters 1 & 3: Connecting with Canadians, Communities of the World
  • Grade 4 – Clusters 3 & 4: Living in Manitoba, History of Manitoba
  • Grade 5 – Clusters 1 & 3: First Peoples, Fur Trade
  • Grade 6 – Cluster 4: Canada Today: Democracy, Diversity and the Influence of the Past
Artifact Bingo: What’s in the basket?

Grade Kindergarten - 12

It's Bingo, The Forks style! The Bingo card squares are filled with pictures of artifacts that have been found throughout the historic site. Listen to the The Bingo caller, a Parks Canada interpreter, describe what each picture represents while showing you the actual artifact! This is a fun, interactive program, suitable for all ages.

Length: 45 – 60 minutes
Fees: $2.40 per person
Availability: May 13 – June 28, 2019

Social Studies Curriculum:

  • Kindergarten – Cluster 2: The People Around Me
  • Grade 1 – Cluster 1: I Belong
  • Grade 2 – Cluster 1, 2 & 3: Our Local Community, Communities in Canada, The Canadian Community
  • Grade 3 – Cluster 4: Exploring an Ancient Society
  • Grade 4 – Cluster 3 & 4: Living in Manitoba, History of Manitoba
  • Grade 5 – Cluster 1, 2, 3 & 4: First Peoples, Early European Colonization (1600 to 1763), Fur Trade, From British Colony to Confederation (1763-1867)
  • Grade 6 – Cluster 1: Building a Nation (1867-1914)
  • Grade 7 – Cluster 4: Human Impact in Europe or the Americas
  • Grade 8 – Cluster 1: Understanding Societies Past and Present