Note: Only places administered by Parks Canada are offering free admission in 2017. Entry fees apply to sites managed by third parties.

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Day 1

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.




A group of young people pose for a photo at a monument at the Forks.

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.



A female interpreter in period costume in the foreground with Riel House and a male interpreter in the background.

Riel House National Historic Site

Day 2

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)



Two young girls watch as women dressed in Indigenous clothes beat on drums.

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site