Thousands expected to bask in sun at The Forks this weekend

Up to 60,000 people could pack the Forks in Winnipeg, given the weather forecast for the weekend.
The Forks said as many as 60,000 people may come out to enjoy skating and other activities this weekend, due to the weather forecast. (Darren Bernhardt/CBC)

Thousands of people are expected to pack the Forks in Winnipeg this weekend, given the weather forecast.

Forks officials have extended some of the special activities to run an extra weekend, after the bitterly cold weather over the last few months forced a number of cancellations.

It's an extra chance to lace up your skates or take a ride in a horse-drawn buggy.

Forks' spokesperson Clare MacKay said those activities are usually over by this time of the year.

"It is just for this weekend," she said. "We are starting to see that temperatures are going to start to warm up. And we are thinking at some point this winter is going to end. So for now, it is just this weekend."

MacKay said as many as 60,000 people could turn out, so they pretty much had to throw a party.

"We asked some of the people who work with us if they would come out this weekend and provide us [with] some programming," she said. "And they agreed. So we are happy to say we have horse-drawn wagon rides this weekend, as well as Soul on Ice [music jam] underneath the canopy."

The warming huts on the Red River Trail are to be removed next week.