Wednesday, 29 June 2016

How to Prep for Canada Day at The Forks!

Our beautiful country's birthday is coming up quickly! On Friday, we celebrate 149 years of top-notch hockey, endless Tim Hortons runs, cold beer, and poutine at least once a week.

We've put together your Canada Day prep-guide, so you don't have to worry about forgetting the essentials on Friday!

1. Dress the part

Take everything you own that's red and white and find a place to put it. We're talking layers of red and white, bandanas, your mom's red earrings from the 70s, and Canadian flag temporary tattoos everywhere (extra points if you have a Canadian flag headband like this cutie)!

Don't have much red and white? Two Rivers in The Forks Market has a ton of Canadian gear.

2. Know the schedule

There's a ton happening at The Forks on Friday, so check the schedule and make sure you know where you want to be, and when you need to be there.

3. Plan to play

Head over to the Variety Heritage Adventure Playground during breaks between events to keep the kiddos entertained and having a blast.

4. Pack the essentials

Pack your favorite backpack with everything you'll need for the day. Here is a quick checklist of essentials:
  • Water bottle (to refill at the water fountains in The Forks Market)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bubbles (yes – we consider bubbles essentials)
  • A blanket to sit on
  • Some snacks or some cash for the food trucks
  • Your favorite pair of shades

5. Make sure you know the lyrics

Concerts are so much more fun when you can sing along with the band, EH? Manitoba Music has put together an amazing playlist of the musicians playing on Canada Day. 

6. Pick a patio

Who doesn't love a late dinner on a patio? The patios on Canada Day have an extra special allure – everyone dressed in red and white, sipping drinks, and bursting out in a chorus of "O Canada"!

7. Practice makes perfect

Put on your favorite version of "O Canada" in the days leading up to Canada Day and warm up those vocal chords! Sarah McLachlan singing "O Canada" at the 2014 Heritage Classic gives us all the feels.

8. Wear closed-toe shoes

The crowds get bigger and more cramped in the evening, and unfortunately with that comes a lot of getting stepped on. The best way to avoid constant "Oh my gosh, I'm sorry"s, is to keep your toes protected!

9. Plan to visit both stages

There will be live music at the Main Stage in Festival Field and under The Canopy. So, pick who you want to see at each stage, so you don't miss any of your favorites.

10. Pick out a viewing spot

The fireworks start at 11:00 p.m., so make sure you get a spot early. The best ones fill up quickly! Some of the dreamiest spots are down by the river, along Tache Ave across the river, and on top of the hill in Festival Field.

See you Friday, Winnipeg!

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Countdown to the 2017 Games: One Year To Go Celebration

Guest Post: Sara from Canada Summer Games

Countdown to the 2017 Games: One Year To Go Celebration

Winnipeg will host the Canada Games next summer and the kickoff celebration is happening at The Forks! This event is one you can’t miss. Join us July 28, 2016 from 4 – 9PM for a free concert, games, giveaways, and a special mascot appearance by Niibin! 

Headlining acts for the free show include some of Manitoba’s biggest talents:

Free, fun, family activities will fill the Forks Market Plaza. You can test the speed of your pitch, perfect your rowing technique, and vie for soccer’s hardest kick while trying out the Canada Games sports.

After you’ve listened to some tunes and played some games, you can get your official Games Gear and take selfies with Niibin (the Games’ mascot).

The Canada Games are this country’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes and in 2017 will celebrate their 50th anniversary along with Canada’s 150th birthday. We can’t wait to welcome the athletes, coaches, officials, spectators, volunteers and everyone who will join us for the 2017 Canada Summer Games!

For complete event details, visit

Friday, 24 June 2016

The Plaza Celebrates 10 Years!

On June 30, 2006 at 2:00 pm, we opened The Plaza. That's right – it's been 10 years of skating at The Forks! We can't believe it, and we can't wait to celebrate The Plaza's 10 Year Anniversary next Thursday, June 30.

In 2006, Steve Berra and members of his pro-skate team broke in the brand-new skatepark with Winnipeg's skate community.

Even before any wheels hit the fresh concrete, skateboarders and skatepark designers were calling it “Canada’s Number One Skateboard Plaza.”

Since then, The Plaza has lived up to that title. Some of the best skaters in the world have flocked to The Plaza, and raved about the park.

Do you recognize this guy??

In 2007, Tony Hawk – the legend himself! – came to The Forks to test out The Plaza. He had such a good time that he included The Plaza in this Secret Skatepark Tour 3 DVD in 2009! 

Tony Hawk also brought out his friends and world-renowned skaters, Bam Margera and Andrew Reynolds, to check out the park.

The list of pro-skaters that have sought out The Plaza doesn't end there.

Last week, on June 17, another skate legend visited The Forks. Paul Rodriguez, along with Shane O'Neill, and 6 other skaters came to The Plaza for The Primitive Canada Tour.

The Plaza 10 Year Anniversary Event

Skate down to The Forks on June 30 from 6-9pm to celebrate The Plaza's 10th birthday! Pro-skaters, Garrett Hill, Forrest Edwards, Chris Wimer and more, will be kicking off the event with a skate demo. After they have fully blown your mind with their skill, we will have the Vans Best Trick Competition, so be sure to bring your A game!

Here's to the next ten years of landing new tricks and riding until your legs hurt!