A drone view of a river and green land of grasses and trees in Winnipeg. A drone view of a river and green land of grasses and trees in Winnipeg.

Explore the 5 Most Popular Rivers in Winnipeg

Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba, Canada. Many rivers run from North to South and East to West in Winnipeg, and have played a major role in the city’s historical and geographical development.

So, what are the five popular rivers in Winnipeg that you need to visit? Here is our list.

1.1 The Assiniboine River

The Assiniboine River is a major river in Canada that flows along the Red River. It’s 1070 km long as it flows into and out of western Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada. The Assiniboine River holds both historical and economic value. This river is a tributary of the Red River. The river played an important role as it was the transportation route for fur traders and explorers during the 18th and 19th centuries. 

The Assiniboine River travels from the eastern Saskatchewan River to the Manitoba border before joining the Red River near Winnipeg. 

People use the water from the Assiniboine River for irrigation purposes and also as a source of drinking water some tourist-friendly things to do in the Assiniboine River are rowing, kayaking, fishing, riverboat tours, birdwatching, etc. The Assiniboine River is one of the rivers where the Forks are located.

The Shellmouth Reservoir is a man-made reservoir on Assiniboine River and Saskatchewan. The reservoir or dam was built to reduce the risk of flooding in Assiniboine areas. 

1.2 The Red River

The Red River is one of the most well-known rivers in Winnipeg. The North-central United States and Manitoba, Canada, border the Red River. The river flows end to end of the steep valley, which sets up most of the borders of Minnesota and North Dakota, and empties at Lake Winnipeg.

The river is 885 kilometres long, and the depth is 3 to 6 meters or 10 to 20 feet. Several metropolitan districts, like Fargo-Moorhead and East Grand Forks, developed into contemporary city areas, and the river was significant in Winnipeg’s development. Furthermore, the people use the water from the river for industrial and agricultural uses and it also is used for drinking.

These days the river is made use of for fun and social interests, such as rowing, boating, water sports, fishing, birdwatching, wildlife viewing, and festivals, which guide a lot of tourists, and one of the must-visit sites in Red River is The Forks National Historic Site.

The Forks lie at the joining of two rivers, the Assiniboine River and the Red River. In addition, it’s a well-liked spot where people gather in Winnipeg. 

1.3 The Seine River

The Seine River is among the popular rivers in Winnipeg. It flows from end to end in the southeastern regions of Canada. It starts from Whiteshell Provincial Park and flows toward the west before joining the Red River.

This river also flows and stretches for around 26 kilometres in length. The river rises and passes through La Broquerie, Ste. Anne before passing through the flat Red River. The major tributaries of the Seine River are the Rat River and Morris River, which play a big part in maintaining the wildlife habitat.

The Aboriginal word Tchimahaganisipi is from which the Seine River takes its name, meaning “draw the net.” This river is also of historical importance to the people who live in the area. The river has become a venue for water activities such as canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking and nature walks, wildlife watching, boating, etc.
The Seine may not be as well known as Red or Assiniboine, but it has its beauty and charm. Additionally, it also acts as a place where people spend time in a peaceful environment connecting with nature.

1.4 La Salle River

The La Salle River is present in the southern province of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The river appears and flows through the path that passes through a mix of farmer’s land and wetlands and joins the Red River south of Winnipeg’s central city. It is about 26 kilometres long.

La Salle Bridge Opening

There are several parks and walking areas near the river that give visitors scenic views. Due to the water quality, the area around the river supports a wide range of aquatic animals, mammals, and birds.  Some of the animals taken care of in the river are Catfish, Walley, Yellow bullhead and there are many more.

It is a well-received spot for people who want to leave city life and enjoy nature. The activities to engage in are fishing, boating, hiking, wildlife viewing, etc. Besides, the river also attracts a lot of photographers due to its natural beauty and breathtaking views. Furthermore, the river is also great for those who want a relaxing and peaceful evening.

1.5 The Brokenhead River

The Brokenhead River is in the southern region of the city. The river stretches and flows roughly about 107 kilometres. The river flows from its source the Brokenhead Swamp to its mouth in Lake Winnipeg. Due to the water quality of Brokenhead River, it is also a home for many aquatic plants and animals.

Additionally, the river also supports a laid-back experience for those visitors who want to enjoy nature and spend some peaceful time. The Brokenhead River has several tributaries which contribute to the Assiniboine water flow.

Dark and moody photo of a bridge and a river in Fall
By Brydon McCluskey / Unsplash/Copyright: 2020

Furthermore, the Brokenhead River attracts a lot of visitors and tourists for fishing. As the river is blessed with natural assets in Manitoba, it is also a gateway that offers visitors a scenic delight as well as a variety of fun things to do such as hiking, birdwatching, canoeing, kayaking, and much more along the river’s banks. It’s a perfect spot for photographers due to its breathtaking views and scenery.

The Icy Canada team talked to Holly Darani, Content Head at Unagi Scooters, about the unique aspects of Winnipeg that attract travelers. Here is what she said:

Holly Darani - Featured
Holly Darani

“In my experience, Winnipeg’s wealth of cultural offerings and historical significance make it a truly captivating destination for travelers.

Its diverse heritage, which includes Indigenous origins, a vibrant arts community, and a notable role in Canada’s history, provides visitors with a multifaceted experience that resonates deeply with me. 

Whether I’m exploring renowned landmarks like The Forks National Historic Site or immersing myself in the city’s dynamic arts and music scene, Winnipeg never fails to offer something that speaks to my interests and passions. 

To continue evolving while preserving its heritage, I believe the city can embrace modern influences through initiatives such as cultural celebrations, contemporary art displays, and sustainable urban development.

By maintaining a delicate balance between honoring its past and embracing innovation, Winnipeg can ensure its enduring allure as a dynamic and culturally rich destination that holds a special place in my heart.”

Are there Other Lakes?

Apart from these, there are still some must-visit lakes and rivers in Winnipeg. Few among them worth mentioning are the Winnipeg River, Lake Manitoba, Souris River, Nelson River and La Vérendrye.

In short, these rivers give a summary of the city of Winnipeg. It’s a city that converges with nature and history to create a melodic blend of past and present. Winnipeg is a must-visit city for all travellers and tourists who like to spend time near rivers.

Guest Author: Saket Kumar

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  1. It’s fascinating to learn about the natural gems that Winnipeg has to offer. It was a very informative read. The city’s aquatic beauty caught my attention.

  2. One of the reasons why I enjoyed your article is that I simply enjoy water activities like canoeing, fishing, wildlife watching, boating, and so on. All five rivers must be fantastic locations for various water adventures. I can’t wait to go and have unlimited fun.

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