About The Red River Mutual Trail

What do you see in this space? How do people in the community enjoy it?

  • The Red River Mutual Trail is a manicured skating path and walking trail along the frozen surface of the Red River in Winnipeg
  • The Trail typically opens in January, once the ice is sufficiently frozen, and closes in March when temperatures warm and the ice thins
  • 6KM Route, with access points to a popular market, entertainment area, and warming huts
  • The Warming Huts, described as the result of “an art and architecture competition on ice” are a regular component of the Red River Mutual Trail. Generally speaking, the Warming Huts are small, temporary structures of unique and varied design that serve as novel spectacles at regular intervals along the trail

Events and Festivals:

  • Red River Mutual Trail (Jan. 21, 2016, to Mar. 6, 2016)
  • Warming Huts v.2016: An Art + Architecture Competition on Ice (Jan. 21, 2016, to Mar. 6, 2016)
  • Winter Wind Derby (Feb. 5, 2016)
  • Ironman Curling Bonspiel (Feb. 6-7, 2016)
  • Rendez-Vous on Ice (Feb. 12-15, 2016)

Economic and Retail Activities:

  • The north end of the Trail is anchored by The Forks, a popular market and entertainment area with a variety of shops and eateries as well as skate rentals during the period the Trail is open
  • Temporary pop-up restaurant, RAW: Almond, opens on the frozen Red River while the trail is open

Historic or Heritage Features:

  • The trail passes a number of historic sites, such as the old industrial buildings and repurposed railway bridge at The Forks and the Saint Boniface Cathedral

Memorable or Unique Characteristic(s):

  • The Trail is a temporary public space made available by the freezing of the Red River every winter

Quick Facts

Submitted by: Andrew Macaulay

Map: http://ow.ly/5JNo303Gxgt

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