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The Forks

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Photo Credits: The Forks North Portage Corporation 


Initial Research by: Zoe Goldman

Continued Research by: Nicole Brekelmans

Edited by: Samantha Miller

Case study compiled in 2018



Project: The Forks 

Type of Urban Strategy: Circular Economies, Smart Cities

Type of ProjectPreservation / Community Engagement

LocationWinnipeg, Manitoba

Date Designed/Planned: 1989

Construction Completed: Ongoing

DesignerThe Forks North Portage Corporation 



The Forks, located in downtown Winnipeg, is a historic site, meeting place and green space at the intersection of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers. The project involves multiple events, spaces, and attractions, bringing more than 4 million visitors to the area annually. With a rich history of Aboriginal settlement, the further trade, and the railway, the Forks strives to implement as much diversity and culture as possible. 


The Forks includes a market, a children’s museum, theatre, the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, and other local vendors. These areas provide the Forks with many economic opportunities allowing for the project to be self-sustaining and not funded by the government. The Forks is open all year and provides events for each season, from skating, cycling to salsa dancing, providing a new experience to visitors and residents of Winnipeg.


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