During the winter months, The Forks National Historic Site of Canada becomes Arctic Glacier Winter Park with numerous winter sport opportunities FREE to all general public.
The Scotiabank Stage by the Human Rights Museum has toboggan slides, snowboard venue, and an Olympic-sized skating rink. Just outside The Forks Market Plaza is Canopy Skating Rink for musical skating lovers. Ice skating trails 1.2km are designated throughout The Forks. Snowshoeing anywhere there is snow. Across the Historic Rail Bridge over Assiniboine River, the ice skating trail continues to Great West Life Snowman Lane in South Point Park for viewing of many snowman in varying shapes and sizes. Snowball fights, anyone?!?! ò.ó When the temperature is cold enough, visitors can head down to the Forks Historic Port and Lighthouse and access to frozen Assiniboine River and Red River for ice walk, skating, hockey, and curling. The river skating trail can sometimes stretch all the way west to Manitoba Legislative Building, northeast to Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge, or south to Churchill High School. Not sure if polar bear swim is feasible by the rivers…
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.