At the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers is the Forks National Historic Site, which has been a trade and meeting place for over 5,000 years. First Natives, then fur traders and settlers found this river confluence a propitious place for settlement. The area was redeveloped in the late 1980s when the old Canadian National rail yard was redeveloped into the bustling Forks Market and festival grounds (tel. 204/957-7618; www.theforks.com). A major draw is the fresh food market and an abundance of inexpensive market restaurants in the historic rail warehouses -- this is a good spot to come for lunch or a light supper. A number of shops and boutiques offer gifts and housewares, while street musicians and magicians entertain.
Other Forks attractions include the Oodena Celebration Circle, a shallow, bowl-like platform surrounded by a set of astronomically arranged metal structures that look like fanciful sci-fi creatures, commemorating the region's First Nations people; and Festival Park Stage, the site of summer concerts. The Manitoba Children's Museum (tel. 204/924-4000) and the new Manitoba Theatre for Young People (tel. 204/947-0394) are both here at the Forks as well. In summer, you can stroll on the river walks along the Red and Assiniboine rivers, picnic by the riverside, and catch water buses to other parts of the city; in winter, there's free public skating on outdoor artificial ice or along groomed river trails. Free Downtown Spirit buses connect The Forks to the rest of downtown Winnipeg from beside Forks Market.
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- tel: 204/942-6302
- 123 Main St
- At the confluence of the Red and Assinboine rivers, behind the Via Rail Station at 123 Main St
- Winnipeg, MB
- Forks Market open July 1 to Labour Day Mon-Sat 9:30am-9pm, Sun 9:30am-6:30pm; day after Labour Day to June 30 daily 9:30am-6:30pm (Fri till 9pm)
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