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The Nestaweya River Trail, one of Winnipeg’s winter crown jewels, is now open for the 2024 season. The trail is sponsored by the Winnipeg Foundation and is a popular winter activity for thousands of people annually. The trail runs from The Historic Port to the Hugo Docks on the Assiniboine River and from The Port to Churchill Drive on the Red River. However, only 1 section of the trail is open. Other sections will gradually open if conditions are right.

According to officials at the Forks, the trail was delayed due to high flows on the Red River, but it is now ready for public use. Zach Peters, communications and marketing manager at the Forks, said that the trail is officially open to the public.

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As of January 25, 1 PM here’s the status of sections along the trail:

  • The Forks Port Rink open
  • Red River Sections
    • The Forks Port to Queen Elizabeth Way Closed
    • Queen Elizabeth Way to Churchill Drive Closed
    • Churchill Drive to St. Vital Bridge Closed
  • Assiniboine River Sections
    • The Forks Port to Donald Street Closed
    • Donald Street to Legislature Closed
    • Legislature to Osborne Bridge Closed
    • Osborne Bridge to Hugo Docks Closed

The Nestaweya River Trail is a unique and exciting way to experience Winnipeg’s winter. It is worth noting that safety is of utmost importance when it comes to ice and water activities. The Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service responds to roughly 150 water and ice rescue calls annually. Christopher Love, with the Life-Saving Society Manitoba, advises going out on a supervised or designated ice surface, one that has been checked, that somebody is looking out for on an ongoing basis, because with all of the temperature fluctuations we’ve had, we’ve not had good ice formation weather at all this winter.

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