Winnipeg Skating on River

Free Pulbic Outdoor Ice Skating on Frozen Assiniboine River by 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 | SAM TSAI . COM

December 27, 2012: Ice Skating on frozen Assiniboine River


Well known for its Icelandic culture and polar bears, Winnipeg is also a great place to experience the joy of ice skating on frozen rivers at The Forks National Historic Site of Canada (Arctic Glacier Winter Park)! The length of the river skating trail at The Forks changes each year, depending on river and ice conditions. The river ice walk / skating trail can stretch westward to Manitoba Legislative Building, northeast to Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge, or southward to Churchill High School. The river ice trail also include hockey rinks and curling rinks by the Forks Historic Port Lighthouse.

In January 2008, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized The Forks as the home of the longest skating rink in the world for its 8.54km Assiniboine Credit Union River Trail on the Assiniboine River and Red River. In comparison, the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario is only 7.8km long.

Other winter activities include toboggan slides, snowboard venue, and an Olympic-sized skating rink at the Scotiabank Stage by the Human Rights Museum; snowshoeing and onland ice skating trails at The Forks; musical outdoor skating at Canopy Skating Rink by The Forks Market Plaza; and Great West Life Snowman Lane in South Point Park.

Ice Walk on Frozen Red River in front of Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge and Provencher Bridge on Christmas Night - The Forks National Historic Site of Canada - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba | SAMTSAI.COM

December 25, 2012: Ice walk on frozen Red River on Christmas night.


The Red River played a pivotal role in the historical, cultural and economic development of Western Canada. This flood-prone prairie river originates in the northern United States and meanders north across rich, flat agricultural land to Lake Winnipeg at Netley Marsh. As the “highway” of its day for First Nations peoples, fur traders and immigrants, it was traveled by canoe, York boat and steamboat. The Red River Resistance led by Louis Riel, the beginning of the North West Mounted Police, and the making of Treaty No. 1, which opened the West to homesteaders, all occurred along the river. The Red River settlement established in 1812 at the forks of the Red and Assiniboine rivers became Winnipeg, the “Gateway to the West”. As a Canadian Heritage River, the Red is managed for the benefit of all Canadians.

Snowshoeing along River Banks of Assiniboine River at The Forks Historic Port Lighthouse in Winter Night - The Forks National Historic Site of Canada - Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba | SAM TSAI . COM

December 27, 2012: Snowshoeing along the river bank of Assiniboine River at The Forks Historic Port Lighthouse.

Snowshoeing along River Banks of Assiniboine River at The Forks Historic Port Lighthouse in Winter Night - The Forks National Historic Site of Canada - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba | SAMTSAI.COM

December 27, 2012: Winter night at The Forks Historic Port

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

December 27, 2012: Ice skating on frozen Assiniboine River.

Snowshoeing / Ice Walk / Ice Skating on Frozen Assiniboine River at The Forks Historic Port Lighthouse in Winter Night - The Forks National Historic Site of Canada - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba | SAMTSAI.COM

December 27, 2012: Above and behind me is the Forks Historic Rail Bridge to Great West Life Snowman Lane in South Point Park.

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

December 27, 2012: You can see the lighthouse, the Forks Market Tower, and Human Rights Museum in the background.

Public Outdoor Ice Skating Schedule

current skating trail condition | parking map | riverbank trail condition

Map & Driving Direction

Exact location of The Forks parking lot (maximum 3 hours free parking) is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map. Metered hourly parking and daily parking lots are also available.

For more info, read official parking map.

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