The Forks, Winnipeg (Treaty 1, Traditional Territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis.
In this time of physical distancing and travel restrictions, your summer plans might look a little different. But life is better when we see things as an opportunity than an obstacle, isn't it? With that in mind, what could be better than getting out and exploring the place you live in a way you never have before?
Maybe you live in Winnipeg (and maybe have for your whole life) or maybe you live outside the city and are looking to shake things up--whichever it is, The Forks is an ideal spot to get away for a weekend. If you've never spent more than a few hours at a time here, you'll be delighted at how much there is to do.
Book a room
Conveniently located across from the The Forks Market, The Inn at the Forks is the perfect place to rest your head for a weekend. Spoil yourself and upgrade to a gold room and veg out in a pad that might have been larger than your first apartment. Along with plenty of space to stretch out, you'll be treated to stunning views of the city and surrounding area. The hotel has also implemented protocols like hand sanitizer in every elevator and distanced check-in to ensure you remain healthy and safe during your stay.
Visit the Forks Market
There's a reason The Forks welcomes more than four million visitors a year. With its myriad of shopping and dining options there is so much to explore. Head to McNally Robinson for the latest bestseller (we highly recommend a book sitting waterside on the patio outside, perhaps with a cold brew in your hand), stop in at Jenna Rae Cakes for a colourful array of macarons, Coal & Canary for locally made candles or The Forks Trading Company for sparkling treasures of the wearable and edible kind.
Once you've shopped until you dropped, it's time for lunch. The Forks' newest food vendor Habanero Sombrero is offering up a variety of delicious tacos. Other options include wood-fired pizza, gourmet hot dogs, Argentinian empanadas or sushi, to name just a few. Get it to go and head outside to the patio where the Common is serving beer on tap and wine from around the world. Find a spot to sit and bask in the greenery and sunshine of the summer.
Explore the scenery
There are numerous walking paths around The Forks that can be visited on foot or by bike (if you're a guest at Inn at the Forks, they rent bikes out for free--just ask at the desk). Along with the public art throughout the property, you can walk by the river, cross the foot bridge into St. Boniface and take in the tall grass prairie landscape that grows all around.
Inn at the Forks is not only a great place to spend the night, it's also home to one of the top spots to eat in the city. Smith Restaurant features hand crafted cocktails, locally sourced ingredients and an eclectic menu of items with French and Canadian flair. Opt for a dinner of appetizers and feast on truffle fries, steak tartare, battered cauliflower fritters and arctic char flatbread. Wash it down with a handmade cocktail made with vodka, thyme, lemon and a touch of cranberry juice.
Riverstone Spa, located inside the Inn at the Forks is a favourite spot to rest and relax. While there are some changes in place due to Covid-19, they are still offering a variety of services including, massage, pedicures, manicures and facials. We recommend an aromatherapy massage complete with full body exfoliation, massage, scalp rub and paraffin wax back treatment--it'll have you glowing from head to toe.