Come to The Forks and walk in footsteps formed by the moccasins of the Indigenous peoples who fished and camped here thousands of years ago; the boots of fur trappers and traders of the North West and Hudson’s Bay Companies; and the flip-flops of today’s urban explorers. Stroll the river banks and understand the connection between these flowing waters and the flow of people and trade goods that came from around the globe, and ultimately changed the Canadian west.
Delve 6,000 years into the past at Winnipeg’s “Meeting Place” while soaking up the bustling ambience. Learn how two great rivers at the heart of the continent connected the prairies to the world and drew in trappers and traders from lands far away.
What to do?
Stroll over the Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge that is a symbol of the connection between downtown Winnipeg and the French Quarter of St. Boniface or view the junction of these two famous prairie rivers, first named “La Fourche” by La Vérendrye in 1737. The Red was named a Canadian Heritage River in 2007 and is one of only a few rivers in North America to flow north.