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Must Do: Spend A Day At The Forks In Winnipeg

Tyrone Edwards & wife enjoying local beer & wine at The Commons at The Forks Market

Tyrone & Victoria enjoying local beer & wine at The Commons at The Forks Market

Situated right in the heart of Winnipeg is The Forks; one of Manitoba’s most beloved meeting places. This popular district is nestled at the junction of the Assiniboine and Red River and features a plethora of things to do, see and eat. Find out how we spent our day at The Forks below…

Stop 1: The Canadian Museum for Human Rights

If you are in Winnipeg you have to visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. As the first national museum to be built in nearly half a century, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights uses technology such as virtual reality, touch screen activities and interactive videos to engage visitors.

Stop 2: The Plaza at The Forks

Even if you don’t skateboard the action at this skatepark is worth checking out. The Plaza has some of Canada’s best skateboard facilities including ramps, rails and some awesome skateboard bowls. It has even attracted famous pro skateboarders such as Tony Hawk, Andrew Reynolds and Bam Margera to Winnipeg specifically to carve it up.

Stop 3: The Forks Market

End your day with some warm food and some local beer and wine at The Forks Market. Here you can find tasty, colourful dishes from all around the world then wash it down with drinks at The Common. Stay late and you will see this market transform into a watering hole for the young after-work crowd– often with local DJs.

Everything You Need To Know To Go:

Where to stay: Want to be right in the middle of it all? Try staying at  The Inn At The Forks

Where to eat: Head to The Forks Market for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Here you will find made-to-order crepes, fresh perogies, Asian fusion, and more. Pair your food with the craft wine and beer from The Common and enjoy the bustling vibe of the large communal tables.

What to do: Everything mentioned above should take up an entire day but, if you still have free time check out: The Forks National Historic Site, Splash Dash Boat Tours or strolling the photogenic Riel Esplanade pedestrian bridge that crosses the Red River and connects to St. Boniface Winnipeg’s French Quarter.

When to go: The Forks is a year round destination. In the summer visit for events like, Aboriginal Day Live in June and Interstellar Rodeo in August. But, The Forks sees some of their largest crowds in winter because of the Rivertrail, Canada’s longest naturally frozen skating trail featuring warming huts, bonfires and curling rinks.


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