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Transportation

By Vehicle

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.

Parking Procedures *NEW*

To increase safety and speed up the process of exiting the festival after Main Stage ends, festival parking has been divided into two lots:

Festival West Parking, accessible from Highway 59 and Festival East Parking, accessible from Route 206.

The lots have two separate entrances/exits, which will eliminate the need for these two streams of traffic to merge as they enter or exit the parking area.

“West comes and goes West; East comes and goes East”

The simplest way to think of the new process is if you enter the park from the West Gate (Highway 59) you will park in the West Lot and leave by the West Gate (Highway 59). If you enter the park from the East Gate (Route 206) you park in the East Lot and leave via the East Gate (Route 206).

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Entering the Festival Grounds

Arriving at the Festival from Highway 59:

  • Enter by the West Gate
  • Turn south on to South Drive (follow the signs)
  • Follow South Drive until it meets Festival Drive – turn right.
  • Follow Festival Drive until you see the signs for the Festival Parking West
    • Our Traffic volunteers will direct you to the entrance to use if need be.
  • Enter Festival West Parking

Arriving at the Festival from Route 206:

  • Enter by the East Gate
  • You are on Festival Drive and will see the sign for Festival Parking East almost immediately.
    • Our Traffic volunteers will direct you to the entrance to use if need be.
  • Enter Festival East Parking

Our Traffic volunteers will assist you in finding a place to park. Please follow their directions.

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Exiting the Festival Grounds

In the past, we had all the vehicles leave Festival Parking by a single exit, turning left and right as needed. This caused huge backups.

By having two parking areas and two exits, we can have traffic flowing smoothly both west and east at the same time as the two lines of traffic will never meet. “West goes West, East goes East.” A delay in one line will not affect traffic going in the other direction.

Our trained traffic volunteers have a procedure in place to ensure safety for everyone and to speed up exit at the end of the night. They will also be stopping cross-traffic to allow as many vehicles out of the lots as possible at any one time.

Please be patient and follow the instructions of traffic volunteers.

If you follow these simple steps and their directions, you will “go with the flow” and get out quicker and safer than if you try and blaze your own trail.

Departing from Festival West Parking:

  • As you depart the lot turn LEFT on to Festival Drive.
  • Continue west until you meet North Drive; turn RIGHT or LEFT
    • there will be no stop sign for westbound traffic
    • Turning right will take you to the Quiet Campground
    • Turning left will take you to the Bird’s Hill Provincial Campground
  • Follow North or South Drive until you exit the West Gate:
    • Highway 59 South will take you towards Winnipeg
    • Highway 59 North will take you towards Selkirk


Departing from Festival East Parking:

  • As you depart the lot, turn RIGHT on to Festival Drive.
  • Exit the East Gate:
    • Route 206 South will take you towards Winnipeg
    • Route 206 North will take you towards Selkirk

Traffic departing by the East Gate will be assisted by the RCMP at the Festival Drive/Route 206 intersection. Please use your turn signal to indicate the way you wish to turn and follow their directions.

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Accessible Parking

For individuals who require accessible parking, it is located in Festival West Parking close to the Main Gate. When you enter Festival West Parking drive down the road you enter almost to the end and turn right down the last parking lane. Continue all the way down to the Accessible Parking Area where our traffic volunteer will confirm you have a Manitoba Parking Permit (or similar province/state placard) and help you find a spot. If you don’t require these spots we ask that you respect the needs of other patrons who do and park elsewhere.

While it is possible to get to Accessible Parking from the East Gate/Route 206 it is SIGNIFICANTLY easier if you enter Birds Hill Park from the West Gate/Highway 59.

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Provincial Park Pass

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 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! Provincial park passes are available most places that sell fishing licenses.

Carpool with GoManitoba

GoManitoba’s goal is to bring sustainable, healthy commuting options to all Manitobans. Its purpose is to ease travel by helping to facilitate carpools by offering a quick, secure and personal way to find your commuting options by simply using your destination addresses.

New this year is the Single Trip Matching tool where users can ‘Post A Trip’ if they are a driver who has open space for additional passengers and those who ‘Need A Ride’ can see those posted trips and request a seat. To learn more on how Go Manitoba ridesharing works visit gomanitoba.ca

Download the NEW GoManitoba app below.

By Bus

Between the free Folk Fest Express and the free Campground Shuttle we will get you where you need to go on Festival weekend. 

The Folk Fest Express

Enjoy convenient bus service to and from the festival with our Folk Fest Express service. Due to the current Winnipeg Transit labour contract negotiations, we will be working with a private bus provider this year. Buses depart from downtown Winnipeg and stop on Festival Drive in Birds Hill Provincial Park. Our downtown stop is on Northbound Memorial between St. Mary and Portage beside the Hudson's Bay Company. Accessible buses will be available on an hourly basis.  

Campground Shuttle Presented by Wawanesa

The Campground Shuttles run every 30 minutes between the Quiet Campground, Birds Hill Provincial Park Campground and the Festival Site. 

In the Quiet Campground, there are bus stops located at the entrance to each bay and in the Birds Hill Provincial Park Campground the stops are located along the main road into the campground and the loop around Sparrow Drive – you'll just need to look for the marked stops.

Campground Shuttle Schedule.

Accessibility

We believe everyone should have access to the Folk Fest Express bus service. An accessible bus will be available every hour for Festival goers. You’ll help reduce our carbon footprint, save on gas and avoid the wait to exit the parking lot at the end of the night. To catch a bus home, wait at the bus stop on Festival Drive, located across the road from the main parking area.

By Bike

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 Folk Fest site takes about two hours.

We will not be running an official Bike Ride to Site this year. The new bike trail from the city to Birds Hill Provincial Park is set to open this year, allowing for safe travel for folks at any time throughout the weekend. The route is available for download here

Campers: Upon arrival, please ride to the pedestrian crosswalk and cross the road. Take the trail path to the Main Gate Box Office to avoid the vehicle line. Here you can ride up to the “walk-up” kiosk to exchange your ticket for a wristband.

Bike Route from Winnipeg

The new bike trail from the city to Birds Hill Provincial Park is set to open this year, allowing for safe travel for folks at any time throughout the weekend. Because of this new trail, we will not be running an official Bike Ride to Site for the 2019 Winnipeg Folk Festival. We will continue to promote active transportation to the Festival site, some new initiatives this year include increasing the number of bike racks, offering on-site bike rentals and adding another repair shop in the Festival Campground.

Download the bike route directions here!

Campers: Upon arrival ride to the pedestrian crosswalk and cross the road. Take the trail path to the Main Gate Box Office to avoid the vehicle line. Here you can ride up to the “walk-up” kiosk to exchange your ticket for a wristband.

Bike Route from Birds Hill Provincial Park Campground

From the Birds Hill Campground, take the Lakeview Trail (East Loop) to the beach’s East Parking lot and exit the beach area to Festival Drive. Continue on Festival Drive past the four-way intersection. Once you arrive at the cross-walk, take the walking path on the south side of the road toward the Main Gate Box Office.

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Bike Route from Quiet Campground

Exit the road past the Quiet Campground Box Office. Turn left at North Drive, ride until you hit the four-way intersection where North, South and Festival Drives meet the East Beach Gate – turn left onto Festival Drive. Once you arrive at the cross-walk, take the walking path on the South side of the road toward the Main Gate Box Office.

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Bike Route from Festival Campground

Take the south walking path out of the Festival Campground. Cross Festival Drive at the cross-walk and then take the walking path toward the Main Gate Box Office.

On-Site Bike Services

Natural Cycle
Flat tire? In need of a quick tune-up? Natural Cycle will be near the Main Gate Box Office and in the Festival Campground to help you with your bicycle repair needs. 

NEW! Bike Rentals
This year, Natural Cycleworks is renting Dutch bikes to folkies for the weekend and you can rent them starting NOW! Call 1-204-957-5762 anytime Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM or Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM.

A bike rental is $50 plus tax and requires a $25 deposit up front so when you call have your credit card handy! Each rental gets you a bike from Thursday, July 11 to Sunday, July 14 and a lock. Bikes can be picked up from the Festival Campground location starting on Thursday, July 11 at 12 PM. Quantities are limited, so call today to book a bike for the festival.

Bike Racks
Need a place to lock-up when you get to the Festival? We have plenty of racks near the Main Gate Box Office to lock-up your bicycle.