Fresh air, frosty faces, winter fun at The Forks

Posted on Feb 01, 2019 by The Forks Market

Winnipeg hits its stride this time of year. Frosty faces and rosy cheeks are what we’re made of! We celebrate our ice and snow by getting out and playing in it! On any given day at The Forks people are fat biking, skating, tobagganing, running or even playing a round of Crokicurl, even when temps drop well below -30. 

We are an active winter city. And The Forks is proud to be your downtown community club to bring the city together. This year we are excited to have even more people love winter with us, with more programming than ever.


Here’s what we have happening over the next month or so:

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Arctic Glacier Winter Park Free Winter Adventure Activities

Every Sunday till end of February

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides | 1:30 - 4:30 PM
Hop on and enjoy a ride around The Forks site! 

Indigenous Storytelling + Bannock Making |1:30 - 3:30 PM
Join Indigenous Elders inside the teepees for a traditional experience of making bannock and sharing stories.

Snow Sculpting Sessions | 1:00 - 4:00 PM
From a block of white snow to a creative creation, learn to carve a small snow sculpture with the help of our expert snow carver.

Soul on Ice | 1:00 - 4:00 PM
The Canopy Skating Rink is transformed into a dance floor on ice. DJs Hunnicut and Co-op spin your favourite tunes while you spin around the ice.

And NEW this month: Beginner Skate Tips! | 9AM - 10:15AM on the Canopy Rink
Not so steady on your blades? Join a skate instructor first-thing in the morning on the Canopy Rink to learn a thing or two about gliding around on the ice. First-come, first-served. 

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Winnipeg Run Club

Saturdays 8am
Run club for all levels. Free.

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Bridge Forks Running

Tuesdays 5:30pm | Forks Market elevator
5-7K runs.

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Learn to Run

Sundays 9:30am and Wednesdays 6pm to end of February
A beginner 5K learn to run program exploring the beautiful trails at The Forks in a relaxed and supportive environment.

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Skate Tips at The Forks 

Tuesdays in February | 7-8pm

Whether you’ve never skated before, want to learn how to stop or want to brush up on your skate skills the program offers certified instruction for all abilities. Register here

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Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel

February 1-2 | Red River Mutual Trail

Canada’s largest outdoor curling bonspiel is open to everyone to help raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation!

Find the full schedule and registration details here.

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November Project Great Skate

February 3 | Check in 8am Race at 9am | Red River Mutual Trail

A 6K skate race down the Red River.

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Crokicurl Tournaspiel

February 8-10

Combining two favourite Canadian past-times. One on ice, the other a table-top game. Play a giant scale version of that favourite table-top game Crokinole! Use curling rocks as your game pieces. You thought full scale chess was fun? Send your opponents rocks off the board curling style! Register your team here!


1JustCity Winter Triathlon

February 9 | 9am - 1pm

Take part in the first-ever Beat the Cold winter triathlon! The triathlon includes running, biking and skating down the Red River Mutual Trail. Compete solo or in a relay team of three.

All funds raised will go toward the non-profit organization 1JustCity.


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Big Bike Chill

February 8 - 17

A week of winter cycling adventure for beginners to pros at The Forks!

Chill out and keep warm riding your bike on the Red River Mutual Trail this winter with Big Bike Chill February 8-17th, kicking off with Winter Bike to Work Day and offers two (or three!) wheeled experiences for the whole family, as well as Winnipeg’s first urban fat tire bike trail.

For full listing of events each day (everything from Winter Bike to Work Day group rides to Dutch Bike Pop-ups to a fat tire bike tour of the Warming Huts to a Valentine's Day ride on the river and A LOT MORE) visit OR swing by the Big Chill Bike Hub in The Forks Historic Port!

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Actif Epica

February 16-17

Actif Epica is a self supported ultra endurance event in extreme trail and weather conditions. It promotes health benefits associated with outdoor activity in winter and celebrates southeastern Manitoba communities and the surrounding prairie along the historic Crow Wing Trail. The race starts in Emerson (200km), Ridgeville (162km) or St. Malo (120km) and finishes at The Forks, Winnipeg.

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Ringette on the River

February 17 | 10 AM - 1 PM

Come join the Southwest Winnipeg Ringette Association for the second annual Ringette on the River! Cheer on the girls and try ringette out for yourself. Join them in building strong, fit and confident girls!



There are so many ways to come out and play at The Forks this winter - be sure you're following us on Facebook and Instagram, or check our online events calendar for the latest!

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