The Forks, at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers at 1-201 Forks Market Rd. at jct. Waterfront Dr., has been a meeting place for more than 6,000 years, beginning with the aboriginal peoples. By virtue of location the 23-hectare (56-acre) site evolved into the center of the European fur trade in the 1730s. Métis, natives and eventually European settlers created a community along the rivers.
Now Winnipeg's main gathering spot, The Forks is a favorite place for shopping, dining and entertainment. Attractions include the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, The Forks Market, The Forks National Historic Site, The Plaza skateboarding park, Manitoba Children's Museum and Variety Heritage Adventure Park for children. Johnston Terminal, 25 Forks Market Rd., is a renovated railway cold storage warehouse with shops, boutiques and restaurants housed in a four-story building; phone (204) 956-5593.
The Riverwalk follows the water's edge from the Manitoba Legislature to The Forks through downtown Winnipeg, and the Wall Through Time chronicles area history from glacial Lake Agassiz to the present. Canoes and “sea cycles” can be rented seasonally at The Forks Historic Port. Concerts and special events take place at The Forks throughout the year. The Travel Manitoba Visitor Information Centre provides information about events and attractions throughout Manitoba and The Forks.