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FortWhyte Alive Celebrates Funding to Expand Environmental Education and Ecotourism

Posted on August 2, 2019

FortWhyte Alive is excited to announce an investment of $4.7 million from the Government of Canada’s New Building Canada Fund in support of capital improvement projects to further expand its acclaimed ecotourism offerings and essential environmental education programs for Manitoba children.


Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, announced the funding at a press conference held at FortWhyte Alive’s Alloway Reception Centre.


“This critical investment propels FortWhyte Alive into an exciting new phase,’’ said Liz Wilson, President & CEO of FortWhyte Alive. “Increasing our capacity will enrich environmental education for Manitoba children. New outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities will draw more local and international visitors each year. We are incredibly grateful for this support.”


Funding will support FortWhyte Alive in two extensive improvement projects:

  • The renovation of one of FortWhyte Alive’s key facilities – a deep energy retrofit and interior renovation of the iconic 35-year old Interpretive Centre.
  • The construction of a new facility, Buffalo Crossing – an 18,000 square foot multi-purpose building that will serve as a new southern gateway to FortWhyte from McGillivray Blvd. and a hub for new and creative outdoor recreation and education.


Improvements will exhibit FortWhyte’s commitment to environmental sustainability with a focus on net-zero construction and renewable energy.


Construction is slated to begin late 2019 with a planned re-opening of the Interpretive Centre in summer 2020 and Buffalo Crossing in summer 2021.


“This commitment, among others from key investors, energizes us as we move towards breaking ground,’’ said Wilson. “We look forward to sharing more in coming months and engaging our passionate and dedicated community on this project soon.”


Conceptual rendering of observation tower and bridge to Buffalo Crossing
Monteyne Architecture Works


Conceptual rendering of the exterior of the Interpretive Centre retrofit
Monteyne Architecture Works

Download FortWhyte Alive media release


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