Some time back Theresa and I had the good fortune of accompanying my parents on a trip across western Canada by rail. We boarded in Vancouver, and although the train can be ridden all the way to Halifax we ended our trip in Winnipeg. Officially it was spring, but there was plenty of cold temperatures and snow to be experienced. In an effort to escape the cold temperatures, we decided to kill some time in the Forks Market.

Forks Market

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Forks Market

What a great choice that turned out to be. Apparently the Forks Market is named due to its position at the confluence of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers. What wasn’t apparent was the history of the place; turns out this area has been a place of trade going back over 6,000 years. Archaeological digs carried out in the early 1990’s found evidence of a thriving community; the show piece of the find was an ancient hearth. Other finds showed that the Nakoda (Assiniboins), Cree, Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) and Dakota tribes all visited the site.

Being Canadian and from Winnipeg, I have the spirit of a dreamer because of the cold, and being in the basement thinking of possibilities of where else I can be in the world, in a good way! – Sarah Carter

What we found that day was a market full on delicious treats from the local area as well as a rich representation of all the diverse ethnicities of the Winnipeg area. Do yourself a favor a make it a point to spend some time in the market if you find yourself anywhere close to the area.

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