The Forks has been a place to meet, explore, and play for over 6,000 years. The site has been used continuously over time for transportation, trade and settlement. Its strategic location at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers connected it to a vast continental network of water routes. A traditional Aboriginal peoples stopping place, The Forks was also the site of Fort Rouge, Fort Gibraltar I, Fort Gibraltar II (later renamed Fort Garry), and Upper Fort Garry.
Today, The Forks National Historic Site is still Winnipeg’s “Meeting Place”. There are countless activities for you and your family. Play in the Variety Heritage Adventure Park or discover the 6,000-year history of The Forks on a guided tour. Try your hand as a detective and find the hidden geocache, or take a leisurely stroll along the scenic pathways.
TOURS AND PROGRAMS:
6,000 years in 60 minutes!
Discover The Forks' hidden history! Take a 6,000-year journey with a Parks Canada costumed interpreter and uncover what lies beneath your feet. Learn the fate of the four fur trading posts and hear the epic stories behind this meeting place. Through curious objects and colourful characters, the history of The Forks comes to life in this easy one-hour walking tour.
Cache Me if You Can!
Variety Heritage Adventure Park:
Calling all children two to twelve! Parks Canada and Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba, have teamed up to bring The Forks’ history to life through this Adventure Park. Come imagine, explore, and most of all, play!
Join a Parks Canada interpreter for a half-hour history adventure. Check posters in the Adventure Park for more details.