The Forks National Historic Site of Canada has many tourist attractions for winter scenery:
- Assiniboine Riverwalk
- Broadway Promenade
- Path of Time Sculpture
- Scotiabank Stage
- Esplanade Riel
- The Forks Historic Port
- The Forks Market Plaza
- Historic Rail Bridge
- Oodena Celebration Circle
- Winnipeg ’99 Pan Am Games Cauldron
- Variety Heritage Adventure Playground
In addition to the beautiful winter scenery, The Forks is transformed into Arctic Glacier Winter Park and becomes a winter wonderland full with various winter activities for family:
- 1.2km outdoor ice skating trails throughout The Forks
- Toboggan Run by Scotiabank Stage
- Snowboard in skateboard park by Scotiabank Stage
- Olympic-sized Skating Rink by Scotiabank Stage
- Canopy Skating Rink by The Forks Market
- Great West Life Snowman Lane in South Point Park
- Ice skating, ice walk, hockey, curling on frozen river by The Forks Historic Port
Oodena Celebration Circle, designed by Hilderman Thomas Frank Cramm in 1993, is an amphitheatre that functions as a sundial, an outdoor open observatory, and a ceremonial fire pit. The circular amphitheatre marks the vernal and autumnal equinox as well as the summer and winter sostices. Each of the 8 unique steel armatures surrounding the amphitheatre points at a specific constellation, according to dates and times indicated on the panels at the central fire pit. Sighting rings on the armatures identify specific stars within the constellations.
The Forks Market Tower in glass panel offers limited 360-degree panoramic views of The Forks. Atop the six storey tower is an outdoor viewing deck attached to the south side of the tower for aerial view of The Forks Historic Port and Assiniboine River. The tower is accessible by stairs or elevator and features interpretive exhibits along the stairs.
Canopy Skating Rink offers free public outdoor ice skating with music under the canopy and is a great meeting place for social gathering with various restaurants, foods, and shops inside The Forks Market.
The Forks Historic Port is the access point to the giant ice rinks on frozen Assiniboine River for hockey and curling. Next to the rinks are ice skating trails that extend all the way to Manitoba Legislative Building on this lights-decorated frozen river. Skate rentals are available at The Forks Market Tower Atrium.
Esplanade Riel, named in honour of the founder of Province Manitoba Louis Riel, is a pedestrian-only bridge which spans the Red River connecting Downtown Winnipeg with St. Boniface, and it runs in parallel with a traffic bridge, the Provencher Bridge. The Esplanade Riel is the only bridge with a restaurant in North America, and it is currently occupied by Salisbury House, a chain restaurant local to Winnipeg.
Manitoba Children’s Museum & Buhler Welcome Centre is a non-profit, charitable Children’s museum featuring twelve permanent galleries as well as the former Kinsmen Building, which is the oldest surviving train repair facility in Manitoba, built in 1889. The Winnipeg International Children’s Festival (kidsFest) is an annual summer event held here over four days during the second weekend of June with over 100 performances.
Winnipeg Cup ’99 is the cauldron for the 13th Pan American Games held in Winnipeg from July 23-August 8, 1999.
Scotiabank Stage is an outdoor stage for various events throughout the year, such as Winnipeg’s Pride Parade, Canada Day Celebration, Folklorama Festival, etc.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first national museum created in Canada since 1967, the first ever national museum outside the National Capital Region of Ottawa, and the first world museum dedicated to the human rights topic. Read more here.
Variety Heritage Adventure Park is a children’s playground featuring various Canadian iconic symbols. The park comes with water park facility.
St. Boniface Cathedral is an important building in Winnipeg with historic significance. In 1968, a fire broke out and damaged much of its structure, leaving only the facade (the front wall of the church). Read more here.
Assiniboine Riverwalk follows along the river banks of Assiniboine and Red Rivers, stretching from underneath Esplanade Riel to the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building. The Riverwalk is often closed due to river flooding in spring time.
Broadway Promenade is a pedestrian walking trail connecting the Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge to Union Station and Broadway Avenue. The Walkway passes through Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Scotiabank Stage.
Path of Time Sculpture, created by Manitoba artist Marcel Gosselin, uses sunlight to showcase people’s influence on this land throughout time. As the sun’s path tracks across the sky, different bronze carvings of tools are illuminated on the Tyndall stone at the centre of this henge-like ring structure.