Favourite local outdoor gathering place

Photo by Daniel Crump

1. The Forks
2. Munson Park
3. Assiniboine Park

The Forks is an intersection between the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, a historic landmark founded by Indigenous peoples more than 6,000 years ago.

Today, the site is a year-round gathering place that attracts people from all over the world. It houses some of Winnipeg’s favourite local restaurants and businesses, from the famous Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company to The Common, a bar highlighting Manitoban and Canadian craft beer and wine.

The Forks is also home to the Manitoba Theatre for Young People and Canadian Museum for Human Rights, as well as their famous Riverwalk and native-flower Prairie Garden.

Another time-honored tradition for Winnipeggers, are The Forks’ skating trails. This includes the Nestaweya River Trail, which is not only one of Canada’s longest skating trails, but the world’s. In 2008, the trail earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the longest naturally frozen skating trail.

The sustainable site has a zero-trace goal that aims to create zero trash, water waste and carbon emissions. In an attempt to reduce its carbon footprint, The Forks uses geothermal heat, composts 80 per cent of the waste produced onsite and uses rainwater to maintain its famous ice-skating surfaces.

While The Forks has implemented many sustainable practices, one of the most noticeable initiatives has been its transition from disposable dishes to reusable plates and utensils.

The shift from single-use plastics to physical dishes allows consumers to contribute in some small way to the site’s Target Zero philosophy.

The Forks is a beautiful and historic space, further enhanced by its innovative mindset. Winnipeggers and tourists from around the world are encouraged to enjoy this space, learn about the history and make sustainable decisions for the future.

Published in Volume 77, Number 12 of The Uniter (December 1, 2022)

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