Tag Archives: The Forks

Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge, Winnipeg, Canada

Winnipeg’s iconic pedestrian bridge with it’s seasonal restaurant.  The Esplanade Riel Bridge crosses the Red River in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba.  It’s probably become the city’s most recognizable modern architectural structure, until the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is completed, that is.

From the frozen Red River

Summer view at night

In previous years , the Assiniboine River ice skating trail has run all the way to the bridge, but frazil ice prevented full completion this past winter.  The ice skating trail was extended further south down the Red, to make up for the shortfall.

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Assiniboine River Trail opens in Winnipeg, worlds longest skating trail again?

Last year Winnipeg’s Assiniboine River Trail, extended a whopping 9.34 km’s making it the world’s longest naturally frozen ice skating trail, and a favorite winter destination for locals and visitors alike.  Frazzle ice kept the trail off of the Red River last winter season, and this year may shorten the distance considerably.  Winnipegger’s can usually count on the cold but when temperatures rise to a forecast +4C in the sun tomorrow the surface may suffer a temporary hiccup and be shutdown for resurfacing.  There are ample winter recreation possibilities at The Forks, the starting point to the River Trail, including an interesting trail that carries you over a historic rail bridge, a snowboard park, Olympic size hockey rinks, curling rinks, ice bike racing and the market itself, which offers a wide variety of local shops and eateries.

Evening curling on the Assiniboine River.

Good old fashioned Pond Hockey, viewed from the rail bridge.

Skating on a weekday, on mild weekends the trail can be heavily congested.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights construction well underway.

Designed by world renowned architect Antoine Predock, the $300 million dollar Canadian Museum for Human Rights construction site.  The somewhat controversial structure is being built at the Forks in Winnipeg, Canada.  One of the cities most ambitious projects to date, it is situated on the historic site at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers.

The view from across the Red River in St. Boniface.