There are many tourist attractions in Winnipeg with guided walking city tours, scenic river cruises and many major events that are held in the city. Children and families visiting Winnipeg won’t be disappointed, with the city’s Assiniboine Park Zoo being among Winnipeg’s most popular family tourist attractions.
Forks National Historic Site
Located in the city center where the two rivers meet, ‘Forks’ was first used as a meeting place for native Canadians, then as a base for fur traders and later as a fort. The site’s significance originates from its continuous use over time for transportation, trade and settlement. A traditional aboriginal stopping place, Forks was the site of Fort Rouge, Fort Gibraltar and Fort Garry, of which there were two. Today, it’s a popular, scenic park with historic landmarks and notes.
Measuring 60 meters across and 2.5 meters deep, this stone circle is geometrically aligned with the sunrise and sunset in the autumn and spring equinox; and summer and winter solstices. It can be found besides the Manitoba Children’s Museum.
Back in the 1920s, the terminal was a distribution warehouse, serving the booming rail industry. Now, it is a venue for an array of boutiques, cultural displays and the city’s large restaurant chain, the Old Spaghetti Factory. It is adjacent to Forks Market, downtown’s shopping and cultural center. This facility holds the only shop at the Forks that sells a full line of Western wear.
This 99-acre park on the Red River is a favorite with Winnipeg families. In the summer months, people come here to swim in the Olympic-size pool, have a picnic or rent a boat. Rainbow Stage, Canada’s longest running outdoor theater, also hosts performances during the warmer months. Children will love to visit the replica ‘witch hut’ from the story of Hansel and Gretel, while parents may prefer to tour the rock or formal garden. In the winter, ice skating and sledding are popular. Winnipeggers come here to cross-country ski, toboggan and ice skate.