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Migration Magic

Posted on October 4, 2021

Every autumn thousands of geese take part in the breathtaking ritual of migration, using FortWhyte Alive’s lakes to prepare for their long journey ahead.

While they’re a common sight throughout Manitoba, how much do you really know about them?

Why do geese fly in a “v”?

  1. This position allows the lead bird to create lift for the following birds.
  2. The “V” allows good visual contact and reduces mid-air collisions.
  3. Smaller “V’s” and subgroup “V’s” are family units.
  4. All of the above.

ANSWER: All of the above! 



How do geese navigate?

  1. Using contours of the land and bodies of water as landmarks.
  2. Using the position of the sun and stars as a guide.
  3. With built-in “compasses” in their brains that are sensitive to the Earth’s magnetic field.
  4. All of the above.
Silhouettes of geese fly over the lake at sunset

ANSWER: All of the above! 



How high do geese fly when they migrate?

  1. 1,000 meters (1 km or 0.62 miles)
  2. 800 meters (world’s tallest building)
  3. 500 meters (CN Tower in Toronto)
  4. 30 meters (Six-story building)

ANSWER: The average is 600 m and is variable between 100 and 1,000 m.



This year, we want to help give you every opportunity to be part of this beautiful experience by offering you two different ways to embrace the season.

Goose Flight Feasts Buffalo Stone Cafe text on a photo of an orange sunset with silhouettes of geese landing on water.

Sit lakeside taking in the sights and sounds as you indulge in a three-course menu artfully prepared by the Buffalo Stone Cafe. Inspired by the season, the menu will focus on locally sourced ingredients and bold culinary flavours. Wine by Jones & Co, Wine Merchants & local craft beer options available — see the menu here.


  • Wednesdays through Sunday from September 23 – October 24
  • Seatings at 5:30pm, 6:15pm and 7:00pm

Make a reservation

Take some time out on a crisp autumn evening to witness and experience the magic of fall migration from a new vantage point at FortWhyte Alive. Watch as the sun slowly disappears below the horizon and geese begin landing at sunset in a stunning display.


  • Wednesdays through Sunday from September 23 – October 24
  • $5 per person, FREE for members

Save your spot