Upper Fort Garry Heritage Provincial Park


Original 1830s oak, stone and mortar walls stand where four different forts have stood since 1738. The entire site – known as Winnipeg's birthplace and formerly a trading center for a chunk of Canada larger than Eastern Europe – has had a drastic revamp and reopened in 2015 as a rather lavish urban park, complete with trellises showing the course of some of the old walls and a sound-and-light show (every 10 minutes from 8am to 10pm).

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