The Winnipeg Foundation Centennial River Trail
How to Enjoy
Thank you to everyone who utilized The Winnipeg Foundation Centennial River Trial. The Trail is now closed for the season.
The Winnipeg Foundation Centennial River Trail is about getting outside safely and enjoying the best season in Winnipeg, winter.
This year you will be able to walk, bike, skate and cross country ski along the city's beautiful rivers making it one of our "biggest" trails ever.
Title sponsor: The Winnipeg Foundation is thrilled to be lead sponsor this year. The Centennial River Trail will help celebrate The Foundation’s 100th anniversary. Much like the work of your community foundation, Winnipeggers know the trail brings our community together, to share and enjoy this amazing prairie city we all call home. Founded in 1921, The Winnipeg Foundation is proud to be Canada’s first community foundation.
Supporting partners: Safe at Home Manitoba and Manitoba 150
The Centennial River Trail Tips
- Conditions - Know what’s open/closed and conditions. Check out www.theforks.com/skate for the latest info
- Access points - Only use designated access points. Other spots may be unsafe or unstable.
- Respect the rivers - They are moving, natural things. Surface cracks can appear so you need to be cautious.
- Pets - Keep your pets on a leash at all times. Clean up after them.
- Garbage - Don’t litter. Garbage cans are at each access point.
- Bridges - Go slow under bridges. The surface gets bumpy under them.
- Watch out for the trail crew - Flooding machines, the Zamboni and tractors are out here to keep the trail going.
- Know your limits and check the wind - Remember however long you go “out” you also need to come “back”
- Be prepared to change your skates outside and store your personal items on your own due to health restricitons
- Respect physical distancing, each other and gathering limits
Skate Rentals are currently unavailable
When does the Centennial River Trail open/close?
The Centennial River Trail is completely dependent on the weather and ice conditions. Therefore we do not have a set open or close date. In the past, the trail has opened in January and usually closes in March. Check the website for updates.
Why are some sections of the trail closed even if I think the river looks safe to skate on?
The Centennial River Trail is monitored daily and closes based on ice quality, cracks, and the ability to get our ice grooming machines to that particular section of the trail. We close sections for the safety of guests and staff so it is only safe to skate on the sections our website lists as open. Check our website for daily updates and conditions.
How do I access the Centennial River Trail?
You can access the Centennial River Trail from The Forks and access points are added as conditions allow. Make sure to check the website for which access points are open.
Does The Forks rent skates and where can I get them?
We are currently unable to offer skate rentals.
How long is the Centennial River Trail and where does it go?
The Centennial River Trail is on the Assiniboine and/or Red Rivers. Where the Centennial River Trail goes and the length of the trail varies every year. It is dependent on how the river freezes and weather conditions. Check website for up to date information on the trail.
When is the Centennial River Trail groomed?
The Centennial River Trail is groomed daily using a variety of methods. Check the website for ice conditions.
Are there places to eat on the Centennial River Trail?
Currently, due to public health orders, The Forks Market is closed with the exception of Tall Grass and Ellement. Check back for updates.
How much does the Centennial River Trail cost?
The Centennial River Trail is completely free for people to use. It is supported financially by The Winnipeg Foundation as title sponsor in 2021 and with the support of the Province of Manitoba's Safe at Home Grant program and Manitoba 150.
When do the Warming Huts go on the trail?
We typically get the new Warming Huts built and on the trail for the third week of January but the process is weather dependent. Our collection of huts from years past go out right away. Check the website for updates.
What are the hours of the Centennial River Trail?
There are no set hours for the Centennial River Trail. However the ice is groomed late night or early morning so be aware of machines and staff on the ice.
Opening the River Trail - from ChrisD.ca
The Rick Mercer Report: Rick at The Forks
Video segment from The Rick Mercer Report- Rick travels to Winnipeg to check out the warming huts on the world’s longest skating surface at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.