Heart of the continent: 2-day excursion departing from Winnipeg
Note: Only places administered by Parks Canada are offering free admission in 2017. Entry fees apply to sites managed by third parties.
The heart of Winnipeg , The Forks National Historic Site
Start your day where it all began at The Forks National Historic Site which has been a meeting place for locals and visitors alike for thousands of years. Head out with an expert guide to learn more about the Indigenous roots of this legendary hub of trade and culture, or explore the many attractions of the area such as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Children’s Museum.
Make sure you leave time to stroll the Forks Market food court to feast on goodies from around the world from as far away as Sri Lanka and the Caribbean.
The Forks National Historic Site
Riel House National Historic Site, 10 km from The Forks (20 minutes)
Follow the curves of Winnipeg’s Red River south to Riel House National Historic Site. Delve deep into the world of Métis freedom fighter and father of Manitoba, Louis Riel. Take a self-guided GPS-triggered Explora tour and uncover his fascinating life and the tragic details of his death.
Need a place to rest your head at the end of the day? Go casual with a campsite or choose from one of the city’s heritage hotels or funky modern boutiques, or budget B&Bs.
Riel House National Historic Site
Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, 44 km from Riel House (45 minutes)
Escape the city and spend your day at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site. Every nook and cranny of this stone fort tells a tale; built in 1830 by the Hudson’s Bay Company as a trading post, Canadian history was made here in 1871 when Treaty No. 1 was signed by the Federal Government and seven chiefs of the Ojibwe and Swampy Cree First Nations to create the foundation of modern Manitoba. The fort later became a penitentiary, then a psychiatric hospital and then a country club! Today the newly restored site is yours to discover.
Make sure you leave time to stroll the Forks Market food court to feast on goodies from around the world from as far away as Sri Lanka and the Caribbean.Return to Winnipeg, 30 km (35 minutes)
Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site