Why Was the River Designated?
The Red River played a pivotal role in shaping the history, culture, and economic development of Western Canada. For thousands of years, Aboriginal peoples traveled the Red River and its tributaries, and subsequently so did voyageurs, explorers, fur traders, settlers, and tourists. At the Forks, where the muddy waters of the Red are joined by those of the Assiniboine River, Aboriginal peoples made their camps, voyageurs traded furs, pioneers tilled the soil, and a capital city and regional metropolis arose from the surrounding productive prairie farmlands.
The entire 175 km length of the Red River in Manitoba was designated to the Canadian Heritage Rivers System in 2007, based on its outstanding cultural values.