Now open from The Forks to St. Vital, the Red River Mutual Trail is stretching further down the Red River reaching a total length of 6.1 kms.
“The Red River Mutual Trail has never extended this far down the Red River and we’re excited to connect those communities to Winnipeg’s downtown,” says Paul Jordan, Chief Executive Officer, The Forks. “There is still a lot of winter ahead of us and it’s a great way for Winnipeggers to get outside and embrace it.”
The Red River Mutual Trail continues to inspire creativity and capture imaginations with the recent addition of the winning 2015 warming huts as well as river painting by local artist Kal Barteski. Over the next few weeks the trail will play host to many events including Subaru Canada Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel, The Jack Frost Challenge, Festival du Voyageur’s Rendez-vous on Ice, Manitoba Music On Ice and more. More information about events happening at The Forks can be found on our web site, theforks.com
“The direction, length and timing of the Red River Mutual Trail change each year,” says Jordan. “This year we have not been able to get onto the Assiniboine River, but extending the portion down Red River has been a great alternative.”
The Red River Mutual Trail crew is still working on adding additional access points, spreading out warming huts and putting up trees. Current access points are located at The Forks, St Boniface Cathedral, Balsam Place, Churchill Drive at the Manitoba Canoe and Kayak Centre, and St. Vital Bridge. All rinks and trails are groomed daily and conditions can always be found at theforks.com/rivertrail or by following @RRMTrail on Twitter.
Skate rentals are open as well and available at Iceland Skate Rentals located adjacent to the skate changing area. Rates are $3 for children and seniors and only $5 for adults. Skate trainers are also available for $2.
Typically, the trail runs along the Assiniboine and Red Rivers with two large skating rinks in The Forks Historic Port. Every year the trail is different, as Mother Nature continues dictating its distance and location. In addition to the skating trail, there is a walking trail and a groomed cross country ski trail alongside the skating trails. The trail typically opens end of December beginning of January, and closes end of February or beginning of March.