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The Forks to 'the Gates' hike

 

hike distance - 6.5 km

This route takes us west from the Forks along the Riverwalk past 'the Leg', along the Cornish Path and into a neighbourhood variously called the Gates, East Gate, West Gate or Armstrong Point.

This event is open to Prairie Pathfinder walking club members (i.e. members who have paid an annual $25. fee) and guests. CONTACT US to request a complimentary invitation and try out the club 'for free'. Everyone is welcome to try out a hike or two before deciding to purchase a membership. Visit our website HERE.

points of interest -

The Cornish Path skirts the Assiniboine River between the Osborne Street bridge and Armstrong Point. It winds through some of the most breathtakingly beautiful cottonwood trees in the city and supplies spectacular views  - especially of the Legislative Building. It’s an informal trail - really a series of monkey trails, and to the uninitiated a truly scenic find. It’s also one of the city’s most popular corridors for pedestrians and cyclists. It’s used by hundreds of people every day through all seasons (excepting of course when the river's in flood stage which is happening more and more often)

Our Legislative Building displays a wealth of ornamental detail. It’s a treat to walk slowly around the periphery of the building and look up. The exceptionally grand interior spaces are worth checking out as well.

Louis Riel Statue - This 16 foot statue was erected by the Manitoba Metis Foundation to commemorate Louis Riel. Riel was a controversial figure whose contribution to Canadian history  was much disputed until he was accorded status as the founding father of Manitoba in 1992.

some history -
The tyndall stone gates of Armstrong Point are a city landmark. They mark the entrance to one of the city's oldest neighbourhoods with buildings rich in historic and architectural signifi cance.  Armstrong Point's location began to attract the attention of Winnipeg's economic elite by the late 1880s and early 1900s when three streets with large lots were laid out down the length of the peninsula.

Eden House at 147 East Gate was built in 1882 and is the oldest house in the neighbourhood. In earlier days there was a tennis court on the seven acres behind the house which the neighbours called the Bird Cage Club. The property was later divided into three lots and sold.

54 West Gate was built for Charles Gordon a.k.a. Ralph Connor in 1914. Connor  became wealthy writing popular novels such as "Glengarry School Days" and "The Sky Pilot". The house has been the home of the University Women's Club since 1939.

This event is open to Prairie Pathfinder walking club members (i.e. members who have paid an annual $25. fee) and guests. CONTACT US to request a complimentary invitation and try out the club 'for free'. Everyone is welcome to try out a hike or two before deciding to purchase a membership. Visit our website HERE.

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