FortWhyte Alive will play host to the 2017 Canada Summer Games from July 28 to August 13! The newly developed Bison Butte will serve as a venue for mountain bike competition during the Games.
About the Course
The Bison Butte Mountain Bike Course is a major legacy project of the 2017 Canada Summer Games. The project was initiated by the Manitoba Cycling Association and will be the first of its kind in a city of Winnipeg’s size. The course is a series of interlocking trails suitable for all levels of mountain biking including berms, a pump track, rock gardens and table tops.
Bison Butte is accessible from FortWhyte Alive's Storied People's Trail (the North Trail on our property), which leads off behind the Alloway Reception Centre. The walk to Bison Butte is approximately 2 km, or 25 minutes–simply follow the signs posted on-site to make your way there. View the Map (PDF)
PLEASE NOTE: Admission fees are applicable for those choosing to access the Canada Summer Games site via FortWhyte Alive's trails. Guests should check in at the front desk before continuing on to Bison Butte.
Bison Butte will also be accessible via the Cabela's parking lot, at 580 Sterling Lyon Parkway in Winnipeg. The walk to Bison Butte from this point is approximately 10 minutes, and parking will be free for Canada Summer Games event attendees.
Please visit the Canada Summer Games website for the full schedule of Mountain Bike events taking place at Bison Butte. Tickets for these events are free.
Special Programming at FortWhyte Alive
Get outside and experience Manitoba's wilderness! We will have special programming running daily during the Canada Summer Games. Many programs are free with admission to FortWhyte Alive.
Return of a summer favorite! Venture over to Loly Lookout and enjoy roasting bannock over an open fire and play some voyageur games. This family-friendly activity is a great way to explore and experience aspects of Manitoba’s cultural history.
Monday, May 21 1-3 pm
Sunday, June 10 1-3 pm during Paddlefest
Sunday, July 15 1-3 pm
Sunday, August 12 1-3 pm
Suggested for ages 5+, including adults.
Enjoy the wind on your cheeks and the spray of water on your hands as you help us power our mighty voyageur canoe across the lake.* Get a taste of what it was like to be a team of voyageurs on an adventure. Afterwards, hit up the Loly Lookout Cookout to roast up some bannock by the fire, and get competitive with some voyageur games. This program promotes water related recreation opportunities, and touches base on aspects of Manitoba’s cultural history.
Sunday, June 10 11am-3pm during Paddlefest - Games have been cancelled for this date due to availability. Canoe rides will still be offered.
Sunday, July 15 1-3pm
Sunday, August 12 1-3pm
*Pending weather conditions — canoe rides will be cancelled in the event of lightning or winds above 25 km/hr.
Suggested for all ages. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by adults on the canoe.
Adrian Alphonso of the Manitoba Cycling Association will be on site at Bison Butte to teach you the basics of mountain biking. This 1.5 hour workshop will give you an orientation of a legacy left behind from the 2017 Canada Summer Games. These orientation rides are open to pre-teens looking to develop their skill, and familiarize themselves with the sport of mountain biking and the trails of bison butte.
Monday, July 16 11 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday, August 16 11 am – 12:30 pm
Registration is still required to participate in this event - please register the participant at store.fortwhyte.org to participate
Suggested for pre-teens ages 11-14
Please bring your mountain bike, a helmet and wear close toed footwear.
Ever wanted to head into the pasture to see our munching, crunching bison up close with your wee ones? Worried that the program won't be age-appropriate? This adventure is perfect for you and yours! The Family Safaris will be geared towards families with children under 8 and will feature a knowledgeable and fun leader who will take you up close to our wild herd. Your kiddos will get to touch real bison artifacts, learn about poop (YUCK!) and enjoy a few special kid-friendly additions to our regular program.
Monday, July 16 1:30 pm
Monday, August 20 1:30 pm
$16, $12 for FortWhyte Alive Members for adult fare
$8 for children under 12 (children must be accompanied by an adult)
Babes-In-Arms are Free (0-2 years old, as long as they do not use a seat, and stay seated on your lap).
This safari is 45 minutes long.
Suggested for ages 3-12.
Admission and Rentals
Admission to FortWhyte Alive supports environmental education programming for Manitoba's students.
FortWhyte Alive Members: FREE (become a member!)
Older Adults (65+): $7
Students & Children: $6
Children 2 and under: FREE
CAA members receive one free admission with the purchase of one adult admission. Open to current CAA Members only.
Set your own pace! Rent a cruiser bike, fishing gear, rowboats, and more. Visit our Seasonal Rental and Activities page for more information and pricing.