Manitoba

Winnipeg's water bus back in service

Winnipeg's water bus is back after high river levels have kept it from operating for the past three years.
The River Spirit water bus service will be back on the river this weekend, after a three-year absence. (splashdash.ca)

Winnipeg's water bus is back after high river levels have kept it from operating for the past three years.

The River Spirit will begin this weekend, serving eight docks along the Red River and Assiniboine River, and is headquartered at the Forks harbour downtown.

The docks are located near popular neighbourhoods, including Corydon Village, Osborne Village, Manitoba legislature, Norwood, the French Quarter and the Exchange District.

Water bus docks located along river bank at:

  • The Forks
  • Manitoba legislative building
  • Osborne Street Bridge
  • Hugo Street and Wellington Crescent
  • Norwood Bridge
  • Provencher Street Bridge
  • The Exchange District at the end of McDermot Avenue
  • Fort Gibraltar

"We are excited to be able to bring back this incredibly popular amenity for our visitors," Paul Jordan, chief operating officer for the Forks.

"The water bus provides a unique and beautiful way to travel to a variety of Winnipeg neighbourhoods."

The water buses stop at each dock about every 15 minutes. One way fare from any dock to any other dock is $3.50.

Day passes are also available for $15 per person, providing an unlimited amount of travel.

"We are really happy to be back on the on the water. This is going to be a fantastic year for the water bus service, I predict," said Gord Cartwright, owner and operator of Splash Dash Water Buses.

"There is no better way to commute to work or see the city from a different vantage point than from one of the water buses."

Splash Dash also offers half hour interpretive tours of Winnipeg's downtown waterways. Those boats leave the Forks harbour every 15 minutes from noon until 8 p.m., seven days a week.

The Splash Dash tour boats have been able to operate during the past few years when the water buses were out of service. The high river levels prevented the water bus docks from being put out.

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