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.
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.
Public Outdoor Ice Skating
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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