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Gather in community a breath of fresh air.

Want to get active outdoors with baby? Fit 4 Two Babywearing Hike is a baby-friendly cardiovascular, strength and flexibility workout through the trails and lakes of scenic FortWhyte Alive, all with baby in a carrier. Meet other moms in your community and get some fresh air. Class will end with outdoor stretching and songs.
Gather in community a breath of fresh air.

Want to get active outdoors with baby? Fit 4 Two Babywearing Hike is a baby-friendly cardiovascular, strength and flexibility workout through the trails and lakes of scenic FortWhyte Alive, all with baby in a carrier. Meet other moms in your community and get some fresh air. Class will end with outdoor stretching and songs.
A little piece of lake life, in the city.

Join us on for an evening of canoeing or kayaking for the perfect summer night. Register in advance to reserve a canoe or kayak for a 40-minute exploration of our lake. No experience is required.

A little piece of lake life, in the city.

Join us on for an evening of canoeing or kayaking for the perfect summer night. Register in advance to reserve a canoe or kayak for a 40-minute exploration of our lake. No experience is required.
Venture inside FortWhyte Alive’s bison prairie for an up-close encounter you’ve got to see to believe. See North America’s largest land mammal from just meters away, interacting in their natural habitat. Go on an adventure into our prairie past, and leave knowing more about how bison have shaped Canada’s history.

Learn the craft of taking wildlife photos that take your breath away.

Learn the basics of bison photography with professional photographer Walter Potrebka. This workshop will teach you the basics of exposure, composition and focus, among other topics. Bring your own camera and lenses, and head outside to snap some shots of our bison herd.

After the workshop, you’ll have opportunity to have your photos reviewed and critiqued by Walter, and he will be able to provide you with further tips and tricks to get the perfect shot.
A journey into our shared prairie past.

This signature tour combines our popular Bison Safari experience with the sights, souths, smells and tastes of our shared prairie history, leaving you with a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t soon forget.

In this experience, you will:
Get up close and personal with Canada’s only urban bison herd on a Bison Safari to learn about the Plains bison and their importance to life on the prairie;
Transport yourself to voyageur times as you paddle across the lake in a historic-style voyageur canoe;
Immerse yourself in Manitoba’s cultural history by stepping into a Dakota Plains-style tipi and a one-room pioneer sod house, and
Cap off the day by savouring wild-harvested tea and roasting bannock over a campfire.
A Prairie Legacy: The Bison and Its People has been designated as a Canadian Signature Experience.
Gather in community and reap the benefits of getting active outdoors.
Stroller fitness is a great way for you to get a full body workout while attending to your baby’s needs. Each outdoor class includes intervals of power walking, functional strength training and cardio drills followed by postnatal-specific core work and flexibility. Come out and meet other parents in your community, and reap the benefits of getting active outdoors.
A hands-on opportunity in citizen science.

Join entomologist Joel Gardner from the University of Manitoba to find out how bumble bee populations are doing at FortWhyte. You will learn how to safely handle these fuzzy pollinators and observe them before releasing them back into the wild.
Joel will be leading three surveys — you are welcome to attend one or all three.
S’aventurer dans la prairie de bison à FortWhyte Alive pour une rencontre de près que vous n’oublierez jamais.

Découvrez le plus grand mammifère terrestre d’Amérique du Nord à quelques mètres, en interaction dans leur habitat naturel. Entrez-vous au monde historique de la prairie et c’est certain que vous partirez en savoir plus au sujet de comment les bisons ont influencé l’histoire du Canada.
Movement and meditation on the water.

Ash Bourgeois of Wild Path leads this special yoga and meditation experience on a standup paddleboard. Following the on-water practice, spend time around a roaring fire and enjoy s’mores in community. Standup paddleboards and all equipment provided.
Explore your creative side while enjoying the sights and sounds of the forest.

Join Kendra Hobbs-Manness of Black Thistle Creative in the forest to learn to the basics of this trendy textile art by weaving your own wall hanging. You’ll learn six basic weaving techniques and get creative blending different yarn textures and natural elements. All materials are provided.
Take the time to smell (and taste) the roses.

This beginner foraging workshop will teach you some useful tips and tricks for identifying, harvesting and preparing wild foods. Join FortWhyte interpreter Barret Miller on a guided walk through beautiful FortWhyte Alive and discover the possibilities that food from the woods can add to your adventures.
Spend an afternoon learning about the importance of Manitoba’s natural habitats while enjoying a variety of activities, games and crafts. We encourage this special opportunity for grandchildren and grandparents, but all families are welcome. This program promotes outdoor exploration and exploring fun new ways to get involved in nature.

July 17: Terrific Trees
Trees are very important for our planet and for people. Learn about all their benefits, plant a tree, and make a tree identification booklet to take home.

August 14: Our Feathered Friends
Go on a nature walk in the forest to look for some of our feathered friends. Learn about the different ways they find their food and make a birdfeeder to take home.
The fifth instalment of our summer camp for adults returns this summer.

Enjoy archery, axe throwing, paddling, live DJs — and a chance to earn your camp badge — at our signature summer event.
Spend an evening having fun outdoors in the name of a good cause. All funds raised from The Great Escape support environmental education at FortWhyte Alive.

The Great Escape
Thursday, July 18 | 7 pm
Venture inside FortWhyte Alive’s bison prairie for an up-close encounter you’ve got to see to believe.

This special Bison Safari experience is designed for our young adventurers, featuring age-appropriate lessons about prairie history, a chance to touch real bison artifacts, and other special kid-friendly additions to this popular experience.
Connect with biodiversity and community in a relaxing setting.

Join us for a delightful afternoon surrounded by flowers and butterflies in the Biodiversity Garden. Discuss gardening with a FortWhyte interpreter as you enjoy specialty teas, fair trade coffee, and a light snack of scones and dainties from the Buffalo Stone Café.
A taste of lake life, in the city.

Gather along the lakeshore to learn about beans and brewing over an open fire with local coffee connoisseurs from Little Sister Coffee Maker. Enjoy a fresh cup of coffee to go and head out on the lake for a morning paddle session.
Reconnect.

Join us for a unique experience designed to help you build a deeper connection with nature and practice self-care. Following practice, spend time around a roaring fire and enjoy s’mores in community.
Ash Bourgeois of Wild Path leads this experience combining nature, yoga and meditation.

Suitable for all fitness levels.