Monday, 16 October 2017

Getting Cozy: Winter Prep in The Forks Market

We saw it. It's real. It's coming. ❄️

Soon there will be many more mornings where we wake up and look out the window to find everything blanketed in a fresh layer of snow. That means it's time to face the chilly reality and get prepped for the season ahead. 

We've scoured The Forks Market for every scarf, mitt, toque, and sweater we can hide ourselves in to master the "I'm not cold" look us Winnipeggers are so good at.

Here's what you need, folks:


This hat takes us back to the days of the Canadian fur trade – a lot of which happened right here at The Forks from 1738 to 1880 thanks to our might rivers. Imagine skating on those very rivers with this warming your noggin. It's pretty much time travel.

Teekca's has moccasins and mukluks for every size foot, even the tiniest ones. This is how Indigenous peoples have kept their toes warm for thousands of years, so it's safe to say they'll do the same for you.

Forks Trading Co.

Okay, how great are these? They're almost so good we want to wear these long johns over our jeans and hoodies.

If you didn't find the right moccasin at Teekca's, Forks Trading Co. also has a full stock of colours and sizes to find the pair that fits both your feet and personality.

Stop stealing your dad's garbage mits. We know – they're the best, which is why you should give him back the pair he's had for 32 years and get a pair of your own. They're super warm and last forever.

Lorac Designs has a pile of knit wonderfulness we want to wear all the time – especially this thick, cowl scarf. Everything is knit right here in Winnipeg, so you know it's made for the weather.

SF Imports

If you want something a little more chic, these hats scream luxury. They're made right here in Winnipeg by a Ukrainian gentleman who has mastered the craft after creating fur hats and gloves for years.

And don't forget the gloves to match!

Two Rivers

Two Rivers has the shmorgishborg (yes, that's how you spell it) of Canadiana – toques, mitts, scarves, knit sweaters, socks. 

This mitts are especially good for cradling Fools & Horses' current feature latte – salted caramel. 

We are proud to be Canadian, and we're going to do the equivalent of screaming it from the Market Tower by donning all the maple leaves.

Gilbert's Stones

"Ouh la-la," we thought when seeing the new scarf-ponchos at Gilbert's Stones. We're thinking black jeans, leather boots, and one of these beauties. We also love the idea of having the fur peek through the top of a buttoned up peacoat.


Bundle up & keep warm, Winnipeg!

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Making Friends at The Forks Starts With Hello

The trails at The Forks are part of my daily commute and regular running route. No matter the season, it’s always a highlight of my day to be out on the trails, it’s relaxing and peaceful. Excellent people watching too, there are always people walking along the paths. My running buddy recently pointed out a funny habit I have: I smile and say hi to everyone I see. I had no idea I was doing it! Rural roots, I guess. And I like it. I like saying hi to my neighbours. Being the opposite of shy, I thought I would take the next step and get to know the people in our city a little bit more.

So, last weekend I grabbed a latte from Fools and Horses and went for a walk to chat with strangers! I met so many lovely people that I would love to share with you.

I met Bhopinder with wife Rupinder and friends Ravinder and Navinder strolling along laughing together in the Forks Prairie Garden.

What brought you here today? 
I work here but I live in Toronto. This is my wife and my friends. My friends came here this morning for the first time and are staying for two days. I am just taking them around. The Forks is the first stop after the airport. We had something to eat at the Pancake House. I showed them the history of the buildings. And I took them down to the river to see the actual Forks.

What do you love about the Forks?
Oh, the history. That this was a Trading Post connected to the Hudson’s Bay Company. 

Have you been skating?
No. I don’t know how to skate.

I can give you skating lessons. Will you come back in winter?
Sure! Sure, I can do that.

Down by the water I came across Kym with children Clare, Sam, Jane and Robbie throwing rocks into the river.

What brought you here today?
We wanted to get outside. Before the snow comes, to enjoy the fall. And we wanted to be near the water. And there’s lots of rocks and birdseed here. So it’s the perfect outing. The kids like playing in the bushes up there. The older kids can run around up there and the younger kids can be by the water watching the boats go by so there’s something for everybody.
We come here all year round. We come for skating and hot chocolate in the winter.

What’s your favourite season at the Forks?
The fall. The trees. For sure. The geese, the migration. But, the patios are nice in the summer too.

Over by the Oodeana Circle I ran into Vangelis and friend Vladimiros visiting from Greece taking a stroll on their first visit to Winnipeg.

What brought you here today?
We heard a lot of things about the Forks. There’s a lot of places to eat and sit. It’s nice to be outside. And we will also go to the Human Rights Museum. We can walk there from here. We’re going to see this sculpture here first.

Why are you in Winnipeg?
I came here as an exploratory visit. I plan to move here in a couple of years. I am setting up interviews. Tuesday, I think. And I’m going to start the whole procedure to have a permanent residency visa.

I came across Walter who was walking along solo listening to music.

What brought you here today?
I’m just here to get out of the house I guess. I was just going to wander around and maybe go eat something. 

What do you like about spending time at the Forks? 
I don’t know actually. I like walking the trails and being outside. I usually come on the weekends. Most of the time I come by myself. Sometimes I meet friends.

Do you come here in winter?
No. It’s too icy.

Well, you have to skate. Do you skate?
I’ve roller skated. 

I can teach you this winter!
We’ll see. 

Where do you usually eat when you come to The Forks?
I usually eat at The Original Pancake House or The Old Spaghetti Factory. 

It was so interesting to strike up conversations with total strangers and get to know them a bit. People come to The Forks to connect - with the city, themselves, nature and with friends. At the end of the day, I felt like I did make some new friends. On your next visit to The Forks, try smiling and say hi to somebody new. It feels surprisingly good to connect - even with an interaction so small as a smile and a hello. Building and bridging our communities starts with something so simple. 

Lindsay Somers is a Lifestyle Health Coach. You can follow here on Instagram and Twitter. All photos by FULL

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Sneak Peek of Nuit Blanche at The Forks

Photo via Nuit Blanche Winnipeg

Nuit Blanche is without doubt one of our favourite nights of the year. This is the night when Winnipeg is wearing it's most stunning outfit – innovative art of all kinds with Winnipeggers filling the streets to witness it.

This dream-like night is approaching quickly (SATURDAY!). So gather your fellow art-loving friends and start planning where you want to hit.

Here are a few of the events happening at The Forks:


Photo via Nuit Blanche Winnipeg

This one may just be the installation that ends up flooding your Instagram feed. Once you step inside the cube you will experience Kirk Dunkley's vision of light, space, time, and technology. Don't forget to tag @theforkswinnipeg on Instagram, so we can share the stunning photos you're sure to take.


If you've wandered around The Forks lately, you'll see that this installation is already up in front of l'Esplanade Riel. It is both a piece of art and a symbol of Canadian generosity. After being installed in Mexico, One Bucket at a Time came to Winnipeg to help raise funds for orphans in Mexico. Be there at 8PM for a special performance by Japanese drum group, Fubuki Daiko.

Help design firm, 5468796 Architecture, bring back buckets of cash back to Mexico by donating.


Photo via Nuit Blanche Winnipeg

Like a moth, we see a flame and walk towards it. It is a symbol of warmth, nutrition, comfort, and relationships. How many times have you been sitting around a fire with some of your favourite people and felt completely at ease while watching the flames flicker in the wind between conversations and sing-alongs? This glass work is an ole to just that.

Tuck into Travel Manitoba to gather around this fire while watching the light dance around the glass by 
Warren Carther.


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Take advantage of free admission to the Manitoba Children's Museum to get a little childish until 8:30PM (this one isn't going all night, kiddos). And there's a bonus – you get to participate in a collaborative art piece with award-winning local artist, Megan Krause.


We're keeping this one a surprise (hehe). Come see!


Photo via Nuit Blanche Winnipeg

Reality check: a lot of Manitobans and folks from around the world are fighting for their right to safe housing and fresh air. Hear their voices through quotes projected onto the stone of the Oodena Celebration Circle gathered by artist and street photographer, Marie LeBlanc.

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This little (literally) bar has been spending a lot of time at The Forks lately, and that's not about to change. Find the smallest bar in Canada on l'Esplanade Riel for a couple drinks in between hitting up Nuit Blanche events around The Forks.

Get ready to dance. This exhibit in The Market is an ode to everything Mexican – the dancing, the colours, the music, and even the piñata. 

See you there. 👀

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