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Dating back to the 1700s, Forts Rouge, Garry, and Gibraltar National Historic Site of Canada preserve three significant fur trading posts in Manitoba. The forts are found near the confluence of the Red and Assimboime Rivers in downtown Winnipeg.
Of the three forts, only Fort Garry still features authentic remains from its days as a fur trading post. On the site of Fort Gibralter, a living history museum has been built in its place. Fort Rouge is believed to be near Union Station, which was named a National Historic Site of Canada in 1924.
During your travels in southern Manitoba, get in touch with the history of the area near Winnipeg. Visit the Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, located along the Red River north of Winnipeg, and see this preserved 1830 fort was built twenty miles north of the site of the original Fort Garry, which was destroyed by flooding.
Bring your camera to capture images of the fort's original buildings, since declared a National Historic Site of Canada. Tour this living history site to meet the costumed interpreters, as they tend to the gardens and carry on daily activities.
Capital City residents and visitors ready to watch history in the making should visit Winnipeg's Manitoba Legislative Building.
See the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from the visitors gallery of this 1920 neoclassical building, which encompasses 250,000 square feet of space and has numerous beautiful features.
Key building features include the exterior statues, the Golden Boy gold statue on top of the domed ceiling, and the brown-veined Carrara marble Grand Staircase in the main entrance.
There two life size North American Bison statues next to the staircase, the Rotunda, the Pool of the Black Star, the Lieutenant-Governor's Reception Room and the Legislative Chamber.
A symbolic downtown landmark, the Provencher Bridge crosses the Red River and connects downtown Winnipeg with St. Boniface in Manitoba, Canada.
The third in its place, the current Provencher Bridge actually consists of two bridges – a vehicular bridge and a pedestrian bridge.
Named Esplanade Riel after politician and Manitoba founder Louis Riel, the pedestrian bridge was completed in 2004.
With eye-catching architecture, dramatic nighttime lighting and even its own restaurant, Esplanade Riel makes the Provencher Bridge a draw for residents and visitors alike.
The Royal Canadian Mint's high-volume manufacturing facility in Winnipeg is where all Canadian circulating coins are produced.
The Winnipeg plant opened in 1976, after the Mint headquarters in Ottawa, became established in 1908. Over one billion circulation coins are produced here each year.
Schedule time for a guided tour of the plant while in Manitoba, to see the fast-paced operations.
While at the plant, stroll through the gift shop to see the selection of circulation coins, collector coins, commemorative medallions, timepieces and other unique memorabilia.
Downtown Winnipeg is alive with history. Nestled at the confluence of the Red River and Assiniboine River, is The Forks National Historic Site. This site has been a meeting place for more than 6,000 years, when the early Aboriginal peoples met to trade goods.
Archaeologists discovered the Aboriginal camps located at the site, between 1989 and 1994.
The site continued to be a meeting place for the first Europeans that arrived in 1738, in addition to buffalo hunters, Scottish settlers, immigrants and pioneers. While in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba make plans to visit The Forks for an afternoon of fun at the variety of shops, attractions and restaurants.