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Rich in the multi-layered history of the First Nations, Métis, trappers and traders who once lived and worked along the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, lucky Winnipeggers don’t have far to go when they want to explore more of their fascinating past. There are 4 National Historic Sites to visit within 30 minutes of Winnipeg’s downtown core. Here are four family-friendly gems to visit today!

Children playing on the splashpad at the Variety Heritage Adventure Park
The Forks National Historic Site
A 6,000-year-old meeting place in the heart of the city.
  • Walking: It's right downtown!
Youth playing croquet on the grounds of St. Andrew's Rectory
St Andrew’s Rectory National Historic Site
A vital hub of missionary activity for the lower Red River Settlement in the 1800s.
  • Driving: 25 minutes
Visitors at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site
Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site
Historic fur trading post and original highway to the west.
  • Driving: 30 minutes
Mother and daughter exploring the main area of Riel House National Historic Site
Riel House National Historic Site
The family home of Louis Riel, Métis founder of Manitoba.
  • Driving: 15 minutes
  • Transit: 40 minutes