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A Note to Our Community

Posted on March 18, 2020

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March 20, 2020

Dear community:


As you may have heard, this morning the Province of Manitoba declared a state of emergency in response to the spread of COVID-19. What does this mean?

  • Indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 people at a time.
  • For businesses that offer live music, food or alcohol, the limit is 50, or half of its regular capacity.
  • Essential services, like health centres, grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations, will stay open but must follow recommended social distancing measures.
  • Non-essential services, like gyms, bingo halls, and fitness centres, are required to close.


Here at FortWhyte Alive, we believe we have a serious responsibility to protect the health of our community, especially those most vulnerable. So at this point, we believe the right thing to do is to fully close.


Effective March 21, FortWhyte Alive and its trails will be fully closed to the public. Core staff will remain on-site to maintain security and make sure animals are cared for.


We know that FortWhyte Alive is a special place to so many of you and we can’t thank you enough for the support we’ve seen in the past few weeks – whether that’s been through kind words on social media or a generous donation. Knowing our community is behind us has helped us immensely.


Our guiding principles remain unchanged: We are rooted in nature. We believe a connection to nature benefits people and the planet. And we will continue to work to provide space and knowledge to help people foster that connection. We’re working on ways to keep you connected with nature wherever you are.


We will adapt, just as nature shows us how to every day.


Take good care,

Liz Wilson
President & CEO
FortWhyte Alive


As we continue to monitor the situation we will update our practices as needed to reflect recommendations from the Government of Canada. We recognise that there is much uncertainty at this time and since it is an evolving situation we will be providing you with updates and more information as it becomes available. 

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