River Trail at The Forks
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River Trail
River Trail
Every winter, the junction of Red and Assiniboine rivers, known as The Forks, transforms into a magic winterland called the River Trail. In January 2008, The Fork's River Trail captured the Guinness World Record for the longest skating surface in the world, beating the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. Each year, The Forks holds a Warming Hut competition that attracts local artists, designers, and architects from all over the world. Featured here is Sonus Loci (not exactly a hut), an art and sound installation which consists of tubes of varying heights sticking out from the ice. What is cool about the Sonus Loci are the wind vanes sitting on top of the tubes and the varying sizes of the wind chimes that are attached to it inside the tubes. When the wind vanes spin from strong winds, the wind chimes produce beautiful sounds, dependent on the size of the holes on the tubes. Very cool. If you plan to visit The Forks next winter, the Sonus Loci will be gone and a new set of warming huts will be on display...and that keeps the winterland excitement of the River Trail.
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