FORTWHYTE ALIVE

ABOUT FORTWHYTE ALIVE

FortWhyte Alive is an environmental, education and recreation center. It has a lot of nature trails that show you prairies, lakes and forests. There are also boardwalks so that people can see animals like bison in their natural habitat. FortWhyte Alive is located on some reclaimed land, which means it is on land that was once used for something else but now it's a beautiful place to visit with plants and trees.FORTWHYTE ALIVE

Thousands of kids go here each year because they teach school groups about the environment and let them explore the prairies at FortWhyte Alive. FortWhyte Alive is a park next to the prairie. There are trails, boardwalks, and prairie animals there. You can learn about them from signs. The place is big and has lots of things to do for different ages. People come to FortWhyte every year.

They relax, breathe deeply and visit nature. Children come on a school bus and leave with an oak leaf collage for their bedroom wall. Older people might attend a lecture and realize they can start a prairie garden in their backyard. FortWhyte Alive brings people together to share memorable experiences and create sustainable relationships with nature and each other.

The address is 1961 McCreary Road, Winnipeg MB R3P 2K9 FortWhyte Alive is a place that people go to when they want to take a break. Kids come from their buses and leave with a collage of oak leaves on their bedroom wall. Older couples might go to lectures that they like or realize that they can start prairie gardens in their own back yards. You can find adventure in the city by going there or close by. The FortWhyte Alive is a place with animals.

They have lots of space to play. There are trees, lakes, and trails that you can explore by bike or snowshoes. Or you can go on the water in a canoe or rowboat. Every season offers something new like winter when you can ice fish and toboggan, summer when hiking and bird watching is best, fall when there are many birds to see during their migration. Open 364 days a year, FortWhyte Alive is the spot for animal lovers! FortWhyte is a place where people can go to have fun exploring.

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You can bike and snowshoe around the 660 acres of forest, lakes, and trails. There are lots of animals there like bison (buffalo), whitetail deer, waterfowl, and more. Every season has something special to do like ice fishing in winter or bird watching in summer. FortWhyte is open every day of the year and admission fees apply. English and French tours are available by reservation.

There is something for everyone to enjoy all year round, and many family fun activities to come. One of the most exciting things you can do here is 'A Prairie Legacy: The Bison and its People'. This Canadian Signature Experience helps you find out how the bison influences Manitoba's history, and how it has influenced people too. You can also learn about fur trade, tour on a Voyageur canoe, explore a Pl Tourists can come to our place and enjoy many activities.

For example, you can do ‘A Prairie Legacy: The Bison and Its People’. This experience is about prairie life and you get to meet bisons. Find out how the bisons have affected Manitoba history. You also get to paddle in a canoe on a Voyageur tour, explore the planetarium, learn about the fur trade etc.

ADMISSION AND HOURS

FortWhyte Alive is open from 9am to 6pm. Under the current public health restrictions, we have these policies in place: Masks are mandatory inside and outside of buildings. The Alloway Reception Centre is open for admission and member check-in. We only accept contactless card payments now.

The Nature Shop is at 25% capacity, and the Buffalo Stone Cafe is at 50%. FortWhyte Alive is open. It is open from 9 am to 6 pm. It will be closed if there are any public health restrictions or emergencies. If the masks are mandatory in all indoor spaces and encouraged elsewhere, you will need to wear one.

The Alloway Reception Centre is open for admission and member check-in. We are only accepting contactless card payments at this time, so you can't pay with cash or a cheque. The Nature Shop is closed but the Buffalo Stone Cafe is open for indoor dining (25% capacity) and outdoor dining (50%) capacity).

GEAR RENTALS

Summer rentals are available 10:30am – 3:30pm. We have equipment that you can rent to try new activities like fishing, biking, and walking poles. You can rent snowshoes in the winter. They are free from December-March but cost $5 per pair the rest of the year. Summer rentals are available from 10:30am-3:30pm.

You can rent things like binoculars and fishing tackle at a low price. This is good because it's hard to find these items. But they are on a first-come-first serve basis, and the weather needs to be good too!

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NATURAL FEATURES

FortWhyte is a park with 640 acres (260 ha) of prairie, lakes, forest and wetlands. They have more than 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) of interpretive nature trails and plenty of bison. FortWhyte is a 640-acre place that has prairie, lakes, and forest. There are lots of trails. It also has a bison herd and lots of other animals to look at. #N/A

ACTIVITIES AND AMENITIES

Visitors can fish all year or do other things such as canoeing, hiking, and birdwatching. In winter, there's ice fishing, snowshoeing, skating or tobogganing. FortWhyte has beautiful scenery and over 100,000 visitors come each year for programs and exhibits. The Alloway Reception Centre offers many services including a coffee shop and bookstore.

The Interpretive Centre also has lots of things to see like an aquarium with fish from the prairie region. FortWhyte offers many things to do. People can fish in the summer or enjoy other activities like canoeing, hiking or bird-watching. In winter people can ice fish, snowshoe, skate and toboggan. The Alloway Reception Centre is a place where visitors go to get information and buy things from the Nature Shop and Buffalo Stone Café.

The Interpretive Centre has lots of exhibits for people to see. There is a place called FortWhyte Alive, and it has many cool things. It has the largest indoor aquarium, the Prairie Partners Room, the Touch Museum, Climate Change Greenhouse and other displays that talk about nature. There are three cabins you can stay at for up to two nights right on top of a reclaimed clay mine and cement factory! FortWhyte is well respected for offering balanced programs that are objective. The FortWhyte Alive Museum has a lot of exhibits about the environment and sustainable development. There is a Siobhan Richardson Field Station with three cabins that you can stay in for more than one night.

It is on land that used to be clay mines and cement factories, but now it's all green. People like FortWhyte Alive because it offers fair programs that are not just for one side or another in debates about the environment.

EDUCATION

FortWhyte Farms is a place where kids can learn about the natural world. They offer classes for French, English, and environmental education. It also helps people from disadvantaged backgrounds learn skills by doing urban agriculture in FortWhyte Alive's beautiful natural setting. Public programs at FortWhyte Alive are designed to inspire visitors of all ages with an appreciation for the natural world, with seminars, hands-on workshops and recreational activities offered in their beautiful fields and forests. FortWhyte Farms offers educational programs in French and English to 30,000 kids a year.

It teaches them about the natural world and their role in it. They also offer programs that allow disadvantaged youth to get training for jobs. Public programs at FortWhyte Alive are designed to inspire visitors of all ages with an appreciation for the natural world, with seminars, hands-on workshops and recreational activities offered there.

How Much Time Do I Need To Visit?

At FortWhyte, there is always time for an adventure. You can go on a 30 minute trek or a whole day. If you want to take your time and walk through the most trails, we recommend three hours. If you have all day, start with exploring the Interpretive Centre and south trails first.

Then have lunch at one of our many picnic areas or Café. Finish off with seeing bison along the north trail and checking out our calendar so that you know what's coming up next! There is always time for an adventure at FortWhyte. You can explore the trails, and spend from 30 minutes to an entire day. If you have a whole day, we recommend looking at the Interpretive Centre or south trails first.

Then eat lunch and explore the north trail in the afternoon. Be sure to check out our calendar so you can plan your visit!

What Should I Bring?

You can meander on the trails or you can explore forests. If so, wear good shoes and insect repellent. What kind of adventure will you have at FortWhyte Alive during your visit? You may want to bring a water bottle and snacks if you are going on the trails. If you have kids, put on good shoes and insect repellent. We also have equipment for rent so that your visit can be better.

What Should I Wear?

We are open no matter the weather. Manitoba has lots of snowy days. Sometimes it is cold, but we do not close. We show people how to dress for it.

Summer: Insect repellent, sunscreen, hat and shoes that are good for walking or running (maybe sneakers). Autumn- check the weather to see if you need a thin jacket or warm clothes like a scarf and winter coat with mittens and snow pants. Winter- we have cold days in Manitoba so make sure you have clothing that will keep you warm! We stay open no matter the weather. Come and enjoy the natural beauty of Manitoba all year long.

Here are some dressing tips for different seasons:Summer: Insect repellent, sunscreen, a reusable water bottle, hat and shoes that are sturdy enough to enjoy your walk.Autumn: Check the weather to see if you only need a thin jacket or will be requiring some layers.Winter: Manitoba is very cold in the winter, so check the windchill and dress accordingly with scarves, hats, mittens, winter coats, snow pants and thick winter boots.

What Kind Of Wildlife Can I See?

FortWhyte Alive is a place with lots of animals. There are waterfowl, deer, and muskrats. Fall is when so many birds come to FortWhyte Alive. They come from Canada and all over the place.

The animals like to eat seeds, but you cannot feed them because this is not good for them and also makes them not wild anymore. FortWhyte Alive is a place for wildlife. There are waterfowl, deer, and muskrats here. Fall brings birds that migrate. FortWhyte Alive has not sold food or allowed the feeding of animals on the property because it is against keeping wildlife wild.

What Measures Are You Taking For Covid-19?

We follow public health regulations and guidelines to make sure people are safe. If you come inside the building, you need to wear a mask that protects your mouth and nose. If you have any symptoms, like a fever or cough, please stay home because we want to protect our community. If we cannot find someone with no symptoms who wants to lead the program, it will be canceled or postponed until someone is available.

We will tell everyone as early as possible if there is going to be a cancellation so they can plan for something else. We follow public health regulations and guidelines. People should stay at least a certain distance away from each other. Staff members with symptoms should not be there. If staff or volunteers cannot be there, they will let people know as soon as possible if the program is canceled or postponed.

When To Visit Fortwhyte Alive?

Regular hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Saturday – Sunday & Holidays: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Extended Summer Hours: June – August | Monday – Thursday, 9AM-8PM; Friday – Sunday & Holidays, 9AM-5PM. Winter hours, Monday -Friday, 9AM-5PM; Saturday -Sunday 10AM-5PM. Closed on Christmas Day. Time required to visit is 2-4 hours depending on interest. Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM-5PM; Saturday-Sunday & Holidays, 10AM-5PM.

Extended Summer Hours: June – August, Monday – Thursday, 9AM-8PM; Friday – Sunday & Holidays, 9AM-5PM. Winter hours: Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM; Saturday – Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM. Closed Christmas Day. Time required to visit 2 – 4 hrs depending on interest.

 

FortWhyte Alive!
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Formation 1983 ; 38 years ago ( 1983 )
Type Nature preserve
Headquarters 1961 McCreary Rd.
Location
Coordinates 49°49′13″N 97°13′31″W  /  49.8202°N 97.2252°W  / 49.8202; -97.2252 Coordinates : 49°49′13″N 97°13′31″W  /  49.8202°N 97.2252°W  / 49.8202; -97.2252

Region

Winnipeg Metro Region

Official language

English

President and CEO

Liz Wilson

Vice-President

Ian Barnett

Board of directors

Dr. Gordon Goldsborough
Debbie Grenier
Richard Enright
Tammy Johnson
Jody S. Langhan
Shannon Magnusson
Amy May
Justice Michel A. Monnin
Tanis Ostermann
Sacha Paul
Dr. Brian Postl
Liz Prall, Chair
Sprague Richardson
Susan Schmidt
Brian Thiessen, Past Chair
Paul Vogt
Liz Wilson, President & CEO
Website fortwhyte .org

Formerly called

Fort Whyte Nature Centre

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How Much Will It Cost To Visit Fortwhyte Alive?

The zoo is a place where you can see animals. Adults pay $10, seniors $9 and children between 3-17 pay $8. Children under 3 are free. You can also get in for free if you are an Alive Member or CAA member with the purchase of one adult ticket.

The zoo has many activities and tours that cost money and some that do not cost anything at all such as walking or biking to FortWhyte, Prairie Legacy: The Bison and its People, Guided Buggy Tour, Bison Safari and Fire Pit Tours. How do I buy tickets? Adults (18-64): $10, Seniors (65+): $9, Students & Children (3-17): $8. Children under 3 are free. CAA members with one adult admission get a free admission and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult for the Bison Safari tour.

Tickets can be bought before or upon arrival to the park.

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