The Forks in Winnipeg is a fantastic place to spend a day at, especially at this time of year when the weather is starting to warm up after a long cold winter. There are so many different activities and things to do in that area! We’re “lucky” that our winter was long and cold this year because the river trail is still open (it was closed by February long weekend last year), the warming huts are still out, Ice Castles are still standing and the Festival du Voyageur is waiting to be explored, so grab your skates and your red sash and let’s go!
One of my favourite things to do each year is check out the warming huts on the river trail. I love seeing what new ones there are each year! This year the winners reigned from such places as Mexico, Estonia, Vancouver BC, Chicago, England and right here in Winnipeg! We lounged in Bubble Beach, and climbed up inside a Golden Bison. We crossed the Open Border and sat in an ice lantern and we spent several hours exploring, taking pics and testing them all out while marveling at the creativity involved in designing them.
Festival du Voyageur runs until Feb 25 and we swung by there for some music, entertainment, ice sculpture viewing and of course, maple snow candy eating (we left our car parked at the Forks and walked over because we didn’t realize that there was a shuttle, oops! It’s a beautiful walk though!). We had to try out a couple of different kinds of poutine (Tourtiere poutine! Perogy poutine!) and some sweet sweet sugar pie, oh my.
Our final stop of the day was back at the Forks to explore some castles made of ice. We pre-purchased tickets online and chose an 8pm time slot which was actually perfect (if you don’t plan on staying at Festival late into the evening). The ice “castles” were beautifully lit up, and there was even a fire show to watch (check their website for showtimes).
We hope that you have a chance to explore all three of these this weekend!