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.
FACILITY RENTALS & WEDDINGS: Hold your ceremony at the Amphitheatre on the bank of the Red River, a Canadian Heritage River, overlooking the historic St. Boniface Cathedral, or find the perfect grove of trees in one of our green spaces for a more intimate event. Call (204) 947-9236 for more information.
TOURS AND PROGRAMS (May - September) 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. School tours: School programs and group programs are available from May to September for all age groups. Call (204) 947-9236 for more information.
- Full wheelchair access
- Guided package/tour
- Manitoba History
- Provincial Heritage Site
- Self-guided tour
- Service in French
- National Historic Site