The Forks National Historic Site of Canada

The Forks National Historic Site of Canada Entrance Sign in Winter Night - Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

December 27, 2012: The Forks National Historic Site of Canada Entrance Sign


The Forks is designated as a National Historic Site of Canada since 1974. It’s located in Upper Fort Garry, Downtown Winnipeg, at the confluence of the Red River and Assiniboine River that were part of a vast continental network of water routes for transporation, fur trade, and settlement over several centuries. The Forks includes Fort Rouge, Fort Gibraltar and Fort Garry. Today The Forks is Winnipeg’s “Meeting Place,” where festivals and special events draw thousands to the historic heart of the city.

The Forks Farmers Market Tower and Canopy Skating Rink in Winter - The Forks National Historic Site of Canada - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

December 27, 2012: The Forks Market Tower (left), Canopy Skating Rink (right)

In winter, The Forks is transformed into Arctic Glacier Winter Park that has one of the longest outdoor ice skating trails in the world. The free public skating trail begins at the Path of Time Sculpture, through Variety Heritage Adventure Playground and Manitoba Children’s Museum, past the Oodena Celebration Circle, across the Historic Rail Bridge, down all the way to South Point Park to see a series of snowman of varying shapes and sizes in Great West Life Snowman Lane. Alternatively, skaters can also glide down to the Historic Port to skate on frozen rivers! The river trail for ice skating then extends westward on Assiniboine River past the Manitoba Legislative Building (Osborne Bridge) to Hugo Dock and southward on Red River to Churchill Dock (Churchill High School). Other winter activities include skating with music in
Canopy Skating Rink by The Forks Farmers Market as well as snowboarding and toboggan run by Scotiabank Stage.

The hours of operation for outdoor ice skating is any time, all day, as long as you like! Absolutely FREE!! If you require skates, skate rentals are available (adult $4.50 and $2.50 kids/seniors as of year 2013) at Iceland Skate Rentals (opening hours 9:30am to 11:00pm) located in The Forks Market Tower Atrium, adjacent to the Mini Donuts Factory. Don’t like skating? No problem. Ice walking on frozen river is equally a thrill.

Free Pulbic Outdoor Ice Skating on Assiniboine River at The Forks Historic Port Lighthouse in Winter Night, Viewed from The Forks Historic Rail Bridge - The Forks National Historic Site of Canada - Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba | SAMTSAI.COM

December 27, 2012: Ice skaters enjoy the free public outdoor ice rinks on Assiniboine River at The Forks Historic Port Lighthouse.

Free Pulbic Outdoor Ice Skating on Assiniboine River at The Forks Historic Port in Winter Night - The Forks National Historic Site of Canada - Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba | SAM TSAI . COM

December 27, 2012: Huge outdoor ice rinks at The Forks Historic Port along Assiniboine River.

Public Outdoor Ice Skating

current skating trail condition | parking map | riverbank trail condition

Variety Heritage Adventure Park with Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in the Background in Winter Night - The Forks National Historic Site of Canada - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba | SAMTSAI.COM

December 27, 2012: Variety Heritage Adventure Playground

XIII Pan American Games Cauldron of 1999 in Snowy Winter Night with Human Rights Museum and Scotiabank Stage - The Forks National Historic Site of Canada - Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba | SAM TSAI . COM

December 27, 2012: Cauldron for The XIII Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, from July 23-August 8, 1999. The Human Rights Museum and Scotiabank Stage can be seen in the background.

Manitoba Children's Museum with Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge in the Background in Snowy Winter Night - The Forks National Historic Site of Canada - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba | SAMTSAI.COM

December 27, 2012: Manitoba Children's Museum



Oodena Celebration Circle with Ring of Fire in Snowy Winter Night - The Forks National Historic Site of Canada - Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba | SAM TSAI . COM

December 27, 2012: Oodena Celebration Circle in winter night. Oodena is Cree language for centre of the city. Oodena Celebration Circle is a circular amphitheatre featuring sculptures, a sundial, an outdoor observatory and a ceremonial fire pit. The amphitheatre marks the vernal and autumnal equinox as well as the summer and winter sostices.

Constellation-Pointing Armature of Oodena Celebration Circle in Snowy Winter Night - The Forks National Historic Site of Canada - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba | SAMTSAI.COM

December 27, 2012: Oodena Celebration Circle has 8 unique steel armatures such as the one in this picture. Each armature points at a specific constellation, according to dates and times indicated on the panels surrounding the central stage. Sighting rings on the armatures identify specific stars within the constellations.

Full Moon and Oodena Celebration Circle Armature in Clear Winter Night - The Forks National Historic Site of Canada - Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba | SAM TSAI . COM

December 29, 2012: A full moon rising next to one of the 8 armatures of Oodena Celebration Circle in a clear winter night.

Views of St. Boniface Cathedral Relics across Red River from Assiniboine Riverwalk in Snowy Winter Night - The Forks National Historic Site of Canada - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba | SAMTSAI.COM

December 27, 2012: Assiniboine Riverwalk follows along the riverbanks from underneath Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge to the grounds of Manitoba Legislative Building. Along this walking trail, visitors can see the famous St. Boniface Cathedral relics across Red River.

Views of Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) along Broadway Promenade in Clear Winter Night - The Forks National Historic Site of Canada - Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba | SAM TSAI . COM

December 29, 2012: Broadway Promenade is a pedestrian walkway connecting the Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge to Union Station and Broadway Avenue. Along this walking trail, visitors can witness the majestic Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Where to park the car in the Forks?

Free parking space (maximum 3 hours) is indicated on the map below. Metered hourly parking and daily parking lots are also available. For more info, read official parking map.

Map & Driving Direction

Exact location of The Forks parking lot (free) is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map.

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