Inn at The Forks
- 75 Forks Market Road
Inn at The Forks has been part of the landscape of the premier tourism destination since 2004 – and it’s hard to undo the impact the landmark has on business.
“We’re an experience-based property,” says Joel Waterman, general manager at Inn at The Forks. “All the activities happening at The Forks… it’s a very positive impact.
“Ice Castles was huge for us. Mild weekends in Winnipeg in winter are a big deal.”
The Forks’ record-setting skating trail and winter park helps drive a lot of patronage for Inn at The Forks’ restaurant, SMITH – and even some overnight stays.
“There are a ton of Winnipeggers that stay with us and turn that into a winter staycation, with all the attractions right outside.”
Heading into summer, Inn at The Forks has even more experienced-based stays up its sleeves.
Connecting the high praise of its restaurant with a unique experience at The Forks, the Inn is offering SMITH-crafted picnic baskets for lunch down by the confluence of the rivers, and has bikes on call for guests to meander their way around the grounds.
For those more athletically inclined, Inn at The Forks has engaged running and cycling concierges for guests to go on guided bikes or runs in the area.
It’s even planned a special package for anyone wanting to enjoy a perfect night’s rest before the Manitoba Marathon in June.
As much as the location and proximity to all of Winnipeg’s major destinations is a draw, Inn at The Forks is a venue with myriad custom experiences of its own.
In a given week, it plays host to everything from well-catered corporate events; weddings; brunches and birthday dinners – plus, its Riverstone spa lets guests enjoy an exotic escape while performing ancient practices like Himalayan salt detoxes.
Beginning with a hot stone massage and salt scrub, the ritual is designed to relax while detoxifying the body and giving your metabolism a boost.
That’s maybe the one missing connection for people to make between the Inn and The Forks.
“I still don’t think everyone knows we have a spa,” says Waterman, “and it’s designed around the feel of The Forks,” acknowledging its importance to the Indigenous community.
But as the more than four million visitors make their way through The Forks each year, more are bound to discover the deep comforts of Riverstone and the many accommodations of the Inn.
“There’s so many things that you can do now down at The Forks,” says Waterman. “And we’ve seen some of the ideas of what The Forks will look like in the next 10, 20 years… we’re a huge supporter of the vision.”