Market with History

The Forks

Located at the junction of the mighty Assiniboine and Red rivers, The Forks is more than just a vibrant urban market. With over six thousand years of aboriginal history, this National Historic Site has walking and skating trails, festivals, restaurants, museums and an outdoor amphitheatre. It’s a local favourite, and the most popular attraction in Winnipeg.

Length of Trip : Half day

Cost :
It’s free to walk around the market and visit attractions like the Oodena Celebration Circle and Travel Manitoba’s Visitor Centre. Some of the museums and exhibitions have a cover charge.

Best time to go : Open year round

Wheelchair friendly : Yes

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat :
For fine dining, check out Sydneys. There’s casual treats available in the market (I’m a fan of Chilean Corner, Tastes of Sri Lanka and the Tall Grass Prairie Bread Co & Deli. For full service, The Beachcomber and Ba Ja Beach Club is also great, with a wonderful sunny patio.

Official Site :

Where to Stay : Consider the historic Fort Garry Hotel, one of Canada’s grand railway hotels, and independently owned.

Getting There :
Get to The Forks on Waterfront Drive from Pioneer or Water Avenue and through three entrances off Main Street: via the Fort Gibraltar Trail at the foot of the Bridge of the Old Forts on Main Street, through the underpass just south of Union Station, and through The Forks underpass at Main Street and York Avenue. Daily, hourly and free three-hour parking for The Forks visitors is available.

Note from Robin :
In winter, The Forks is home to a pop-up restaurant on the ice. Attracting some of the city’s best chefs, it’s a unique atmosphere and the food is great (which is why you’ll want to book in advance if you plan on attending). It’s also a great place to check out the warming huts. The Forks is conveniently located within a short walk of another item on the Bucket List – The Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

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