The Forks...and more (3)

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My Polar bear

(cont'd...) Our hanging out at The Forks was suddenly disrupted by a downpour. Spring season, as expected, could surprise everyone with its fresh and cold showers; we were not exempted. Good thing I was able to take some pictures before sprinting back to our minivan. Well, the opportunity was not at all lost as I was also able to take some inside shots of The Forks tourist centre.

At the centre, I took particular interest of a petrified Polar bear in its imposing and attacking stance. Standing up on its two hind legs, claws all protracted, jaws wide open allowing its two- or three-inches long fangs intimidate someone with high imagination. I cannot imagine myself being face to face with a real beast as beautiful and as threatening as this.

Her Prairie bison
Aaah, taxidermy is a real art, indeed! Another particular sight of interest was the bison. My wife didn't let me leave without taking a picture of the bison with her. Bison - as I come know, used to roam the Prairies hundreds of years ago. There were several interesting facts of information displayed inside the centre for visitors to learn and to experience. From Manitoba's varied weather and geography to its diverse culture and rich natural resources, etc.

The newest structure I saw prominently from The Forks was the walking bridge named L'espladane Riel. It is a two-tier bridge that allows both pedestrian and vehicles cross the bridge separately. This is the bridge that links main city to its French-speaking community of Saint Boniface.

The walking bridge (L'esplanade Riel Bridge)
It is one strikingly unique stay-cable bridge that has tower and semi-circle plaza/restaurant right at the very centre. The bridge's restaurant is Winnipeg's pride and joy, the Salisbury restaurant. It's city-based and I don't think you can find it elsewhere in Canada.  

If I understand it correctly, The Forks of Winnipeg used to be the centre of commerce and industry at the start of twentieth century, and because of its robust commerce it helped Winnipeg established its reputation as the "Chicago of the North" in the past. This explains also why a lot of important establishment buildings were built there. The Johnston Terminal, the massive CPR station, and Fort Garry hotel to name a few.

Saint Boniface Church at French quarter
 

Red River borders The Forks from the east. And across it, the Saint Boniface church of French quarters shows off its historic architecture. I did not actually go there, but only took pictures of it at the edge of the river from across.

From The Forks, we went back to the hotel, picked up the car and drove around, dropping by and visiting almost everyone that I know. I have to admit, we were 'spoiled' there really leisurely. Aside from free hotel accommodation, our very good friends lent us a car and even a cellular phone! Well, that allowed us to actually drive around the city and visit more friends! The afternoon was well-spent, thanks to these wonderful friends. 

We had our barbeque session the following day under the sun-drenched patio of a friend's place. After having our fill, we drove to visit Assiniboine Park. TO BE CONTINUED

 

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My Polar bear
My Polar bear
Her Prairie bison
Her Prairie bison
The walking bridge (Lesplanade Ri…
The walking bridge (L'esplanade R…
Saint Boniface Church at French qu…
Saint Boniface Church at French q…
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