One hour? Who on earth would want to spend only ONE hour at The Forks? While you will definitely need a return trip, sometimes you can only squeeze in a bit of time at this historic site and we totally understand. Here’s how to make the most out of your short visit…
Get to know the area
Visiting The Forks for the first time? Your first stop should be our Visitor Information Centre, located directly across from The Forks Market entrance. Our Travel Counselors will help you plan the perfect vacation while in Manitoba or you can make your own itinerary on our heart wall.
Parks Canada offers an Orientation Tour ($3.90 adults, $3.40 seniors, $1.90 youth) that explains the site’s buildings, attractions and events. The tour is 45 minutes to an hour and takes you through every aspect of exploring The Forks.
If you prefer to explore on your own, a Bee2together bike rental will help you explore The Forks within your time limit. There are a variety of solo bikes to rent, or, if you’re in a group, rent one of their awesome novelty bicycles!
Take a glimpse into our past
On daily until Labour Day, Park Canada’s 6000 years in 60 minutes tour ($3.90 adults, $3.40 seniors, $1.90 youth) will take you through The Forks to recap the history of the area. The tour embarks at 11 am and 1 pm in English and 3 pm in French. Expect to pass by important historical landmarks such as the Odena Circle and hear stories of our fur trading past.
Splash Dash Tours ($11 adults, $9 seniors and youth, under 3 free) leave from The Forks dock every 15 minutes between 9 am and 10 pm, leaving plenty of opportunity to hop aboard and explore Winnipeg’s downtown waterways.
If you prefer to stay landlocked, head to the Winnipeg Railway Museum in the gorgeous Union Station and wander 37500 square feet of history and artifacts. Museum highlights include the Countess of Dufferin, the first steam locomotive on the Canadian Prairies as well history of Women in Railroading and more.
Shop, sip, eat
You need never leave hungry after a visit to The Forks. The newly renovated Dining Hall is an excellent place to grab a bite to eat or even relax with a mug of beer or glass of wine from The Common (and yes, you can drink throughout the entire market). There are countless food vendors to choose from – whether you want a sweet treat from Caramel Crêpe or something savoury and distinctly Argentinian from Simon’s Cuisine. Located steps away from The Forks Market, enter the iconic Sugar Mountain rail cart for arcade games and nostalgic candy.
There are over 75 shops on site in The Forks Market and Johnson Terminal with everything from Indigenous art to wine and flowers. Get lost in the Johnson Terminal Antique Shop or browse Canadian hand made products at The Forks Trading Post. You can easily spend an hour walking, shopping, sipping and eating.
Bring the kids
Bring your kids to The Forks to play and learn at the Variety Heritage Adventure Playground. While playing, your kids will learn about The First Peoples of Canada, the Fur Trade, The “Iron Horse” and more. The Splash Park is perfect for cooling off and well, splashin’ about! While not just for kids, the Skate Park is a hit with young skateboard or biking fanatics – and just wait for their reaction when you tell them Tony Hawk gave the plaza a thumbs up!