The Forks boasts huge numbers on Louis Riel Day

Thousands of people stopped by The Forks over the weekend to expore the market and skate along the Red River Mutual Trail.

Tens of thousands of Winnipeggers visited The Forks over the long weekend to shop, skate

The Forks counted 18,000 skaters on the Red River Mutual Trail on Louis Riel Day. (CBC)

About 60,000 people stopped by The Forks over the long weekend, says Chelsea Thomson, manager of marketing and communications for the Winnipeg destination.

On Monday alone, 24,000 people were counted inside The Forks market, she said. About 18,000 skaters were counted using the Red River Mutual Trail.

The numbers over the Louis Riel Day weekend were much higher than last year, when temperatures were much colder, Thomson said.

"Our numbers vary greatly due to temperature," she said. 

Monday's daytime high in Winnipeg was –4 C, Environment Canada reported.

Festival du Voyageur also posted large numbers of visitors at Voyageur Park. Between 8,000 and 10,000 people were admitted to the festival on Louis Riel Day.
Warm temperatures brought Winnipeg residents out in droves on Monday to skate at The Forks and take in Festival du Voyageur events. 0:19

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