The Winnipeg Folk Festival is pleased to offer transit service to and from Birds Hill Provincial Park.
Birds Hill Provincial Park is 34 km (20 minutes) northeast of Winnipeg on Provincial Hwy 59 (City Route 20). This will take you to the West Gate. Alternatively, you can take Route 20 to Dugald Road to Hwy 206 to get to the East Gate. Parking is free and close to the Folk Fest site.
West comes and goes west, east comes and goes east
The parking lot is divided into two lots – east lot and west lot. If you enter the park via the east gate off Hwy 206, you will park in the east lot and exit the same way via the east gate. If you enter the west gate off Hwy 59, park in the west lot and exit the same way via Hwy 59. Those camping in the Provincial Park Campground and Quiet Campground will also park in the west lot. Please let our friendly traffic volunteers help you; this new process will speed up the exit for everyone!
For detailed information about the new parking procedures, click here.
For individuals who require accessible parking, it is located in Festival West Parking close to the Main Gate. Our friendly traffic volunteer will confirm you have a Manitoba Parking Permit (or similar province/state placard) and help you find a spot.
You will need to purchase a Provincial Park Pass to get into Birds Hill Provincial Park if you are driving to the festival. We encourage you to pick yours up at the Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store before you get to the festival so you don’t have to stop and pay at the park gate. You’ll get to the music quicker if you do!
Come on and take a free ride – on the Folk Fest Express! Enjoy fast and convenient transit service to and from Folk Fest and help us reduce the festival’s carbon footprint.
Buses run non-stop every half hour from Memorial and York in downtown Winnipeg to Birds Hill Park and back. Just show the driver your 2014 ticket or wristband and the ride is on us! The ride is roughly 50 minutes.
To catch the bus home, wait at the bus stop on Festival Drive, located across the street from the west parking lot. All buses are wheelchair accessible.
Last bus for connections: Check the Winnipeg Transit schedules or call 311 to ensure you leave the festival early enough to make your connection downtown.
Birds Hill Park isn’t that far away from the city – close enough to bike to, in fact! The ride from downtown Winnipeg to the festival site takes about two hours.
Cycling to the festival has become a popular way to get to Folk Fest in recent years. We’ve even arranged an official Bike Ride to Site to help the growing number of riders (and their gear!) get to the park. There are many bike racks by the Main Gate and in the campgrounds to lock up your wheels.
Biking, taking the Folk Fest Express or carpooling are all great ways to get our to the festival. Together, we can keep additional cars off the road and reduce carbon emissions.
Enjoy the ride to the Folk Fest by carpooling! Packing your vehicle with friends, music and good energy is not only fun, but you’ll be reducing the festival's carbon footprint.