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WINNIPEG TRADITION CONTINUES AT THE FORKS
Winnipeg - The community that grew up around the forks
of the Red and Assiniboine rivers is getting serious
about its roots - and where else is better than in an
area designated The Forks
National Historic Park, the
traditional meeting place of
aboriginal people thousands
of years ago, and the centre
of European trade and
settlement since the 1700s.
Now The Forks is
important again, this time
for its Wall Through Time
exhibit portraying the
city's past, and for the
festivals held here. Former
railway buildings house a
two-storey market - a bright
and lively place with
boutiques, artists and craftspeople showing their work,
restaurants and produce stalls. Picnic supplies, along
with seating indoors and out, provide a nice
alternative to a restaurant lunch.
A short walk from The Forks, in the shadow of the
Fort Garry Hotel, you can see an old stone arch from
Upper Fort Garry, last of the fortified fur trading
posts around which the settlement grew. As the fur
industry declined, the city's centre shifted to nearby
commercial establishments located at the crossroads of
two major fur trails, reputed to be the windiest corner
in all of Canada.
HUB OF COMMERCE
The Portage Avenue and Main Street area is still the
hub of commerce in the city, but wintry winds are
cheated somewhat these days by climate-controlled
walkways between office towers and shopping complexes.
This downtown core has 50 buildings of historic note.
For a glimpse into the Winnipeg of the 1920s, the
Museum of Man & Nature in Main Street's Centennial
Centre has a superb re-creation of its Boomtown era.
Thick red mud on the river banks, once such a trial
to settlers, has given way to delightful city parks.
Deservedly popular is Kildonan Park on the Red River, a
shaded oasis off Main Street and site of an outdoor
theatre staging musicals in summer. Another is
Assiniboine Park, 375 acres (152 ha) of rolling woods,
manicured lawns, an English garden and conservatory -
and cricket matches. The park's zoo is a cut above
most, with 1,200 animals, both native species and rare
Park land around the
Legislative Building is all the
more attractive for its
sculpted figures important to
FOR MORE INFORMATION contact
Tourism Winnipeg, 279 Portage
Ave, Winnipeg. MB R3B 2B4, tel
(204) 943-1970 or