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Winnipeg landmark The Forks Market turns 25

The Forks, seen from Global's Skyview1 helicopter in 2013, has seen major change since the market first opened 25 years ago.
The Forks, seen from Global's Skyview1 helicopter in 2013, has seen major change since the market first opened 25 years ago. Global News

WINNIPEG – Manitoba tourism attraction and shopping mecca The Forks Market turns 25 on Saturday.

The market, the first step in what became a destination development at the meeting of the Red and Assiniboine rivers in Winnipeg, opened in 1989. Events planned to celebrate the anniversary Saturday include a big birthday cake and musical acts.

Here are some Forks facts to let you know what you’re celebrating:

  • Number of acres: 56
  • Number of yearly visitors: 4 million
  • Height of The Forks Market tower: 6 storeys or 60 feet
  • Canopy and skating rink opened in 1990
  • Marina, harbour, and lighthouse opened in 1991.
  • Oodena Celebration Circle opened in 1993 but was fully completed in 2004. The aim was to create a spiritual heart among the commercial and recreational developments. Its name comes from the Ojibwa word meaning “heart of the city.”
  • The Johnston Terminal building, originally built between 1928 and 1930, opened as a market in 1993.
  • The Manitoba Children’s Museum (in a building first constructed in 1889) opened in 1994
  • Manitoba Theatre For Young People opened in 1999
  • Skateboard Plaza opened in 2006
  • The Canadian Museum for Human Rights opened in 2014

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