There's always something new to discover at FortWhyte Alive.
How to Participate: Complete a leak audit in your home between March 1 and March 31, 2017. It’s easy! Check all fixtures and toilets in your house for leaks and conduct a 30-minute water meter check for any additional leaks.
What's in it for you?: Save water and money by fixing costly leaks. Each participating family will be entered in a draw to win a FortWhyte one-year family membership. Prize will be awarded via email on April 3, 2017.
With over 100 yogis in attendance, FortWhyte Alive's first ever Fire + Ice Yoga festival on Saturday, February 11 was a uniquely Winnipeg outdoor yoga experience!
This very cool practice, lead by Wildpath's Ash Bourgeois, began at 11:30am on FortWhyte's frozen lakes. Participants enjoyed a fun and interactive yoga experience, complete with perfect mild weather, and the occasional wildlife sighting!
We wrapped up the day with wildcrafted tea over the fire courtesy of sponsors Boreal Wildcraft, gooey s'mores, an indoor body sugar scrub craft, and shopping at our vendor village, featuring local makers.
Big thanks to everyone who attended this inspiring event benefiting FortWhyte Alive's environmental education programming. Stay tuned for information on next year's festival, taking place in February 2018.
As part of FortWhyte's commitment to Social Sustainability, we are proud to announce our designation as a Fair Trade workplace!
On Friday, February 3rd, FortWhyte Alive's Sustainability Committee hosted a lunch and learn lead by Zack Gross, Outreach Coordinator for the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation. He graciously presented staff with a certificate – as a designated workplace, FortWhyte is committed to offering Fair Trade coffee, tea and sugar to staff and volunteers as well as sharing Fair Trade promotional material with staff and the general public. In addition to this, we have formed a committee to ensure continued commitment to our Fair Trade Workplace designation.
Zack also shared information about the importance of Fair Trade products and of course, brought along some samples.
For more information on how to become a Fair Trade workplace or on Fair Trade products, please visit Fair Trade Manitoba's website, fairtrademanitoba.ca.
Fore more information on FWA's commitment to sustainability, click here!
Winter 2017 has been unpredictable, at best– extreme winds, incredible snowfall, balmy January temperatures– even rain! While there’s no telling what February will have in store, you can always count on FortWhyte Alive as your destination for making the most of our wonderful winter days, no matter what the weather throws at us.
Join us to celebrate the coolest season around. Need a little inspiration? Check out what's on deck for February at FortWhyte Alive!
1. Take in breathtaking winter landscapes.
You don't have to drive hours outside of the city to experience this season's natural beauty! FortWhyte's urban wilderness setting is the perfect place to chart your own course this winter. Whether you head out on skis, snowshoes or simply on foot, our trails are open for exploration seven days a week. Make new discoveries, enjoy a quiet moment in nature, and snap some wildlife photos along the way. No matter which path you choose, you’ll experience something new each time you visit FortWhyte Alive.
2. Get your dose of adrenaline!
For those undeterred by the elements, check out the adrenaline pumping races we’ve got coming up this February. Challenge your new years’ fitness goals as you take on the Frozen Fiver, a 5/10 k race through FortWhyte’s frosty forest trails. Our Family Adventure Race, presenting by Ground UP - Adventures North, will get the whole family moving outdoors, navigating our rugged winter course, and having all the family fun. Check out this recap from last year for a taste of what you can expect!
3. Try something new.
Cabin fever? FortWhyte is the site to get outside and try something new this season. Cross an item off your bucket list as you learn to cross-country ski with FortWhyte's CANSI certified instructor Katrina. Tired of hot yoga? Try it on ice! Join in on our first winter outdoor yoga practice on Lake Devonian with lululemon ambassador Ash Bourgeois at FortWhyte's Fire + Ice Yoga Festival. If unbridled fun is the name of your game, hone your hucking skills at our Snowball Target Practice range!
4. Celebrate St. Valentine and Louis Riel
In our humble opinion, any visit to FortWhyte Alive would make the perfect date–but on February 14th, we're upping our game! Join us for our Valentine's Dinner at the Buffalo Stone Cafe by Diversity Foods. Enjoy three courses of fancy fare (complete with amuse bouche) amid FortWhyte's beautiful natural surroundings. And if you're really out to impress your mate, reserve a post-dinner Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride. Cozy up as you travel down snowy lanes and enjoy a fire-side warm up with hot cocoa. Sounds magical, right?
FortWhyte Alive will be open on Louis Riel Day for voyageur games, bonfires and bannock, all free with admission. Honour the founder of our province by spending the day outdoors with family, celebrating all things Manitoban. Don't forget to sneak in a slide down the Richardson Rrrun!
5. If all else fails... prepare for spring.
If you're done with winter, we won't judge you. Luckily, we have just the thing for the cold weather blahs– our winter workshops at FortWhyte Farms will get you in the mood to grow! Warm up in our passive solar greenhouse and enjoy the smell of fresh soil, the ultimate sign of spring. We've got two opportunities to get gardening on your mind– our Growing Winter Greens workshop with Dave Hansen of Sage Garden Greenhouses, and Growing Indigenous Plants with Kelly Leask of Prairie Originals.
At FortWhyte Alive, we are dedicated to connecting humans with nature and encouraging actions leading to sustainable living -- and it’s no secret that our success in accomplishing this mission depends on a great deal of support from the community.
We are pleased to recognize CN for their contribution to FortWhyte Alive and to communities across Canada. CN has been supporting FortWhyte Alive for many years, most recently as a key supporter of our award-winning Education for Sustainable Development programs.
For decades, FortWhyte Alive has worked hard to foster and strengthen a personal commitment to sustainability in today’s children and youth. Our roster of over 40 outdoor environmental education programs incorporates key themes of sustainable development -- such as poverty alleviation, human rights, health, environmental stewardship, climate change, and biodiversity -- into outdoor education experiences for K-12 students. The goal of these programs is to equip students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to become our future leaders in sustainability.
Over 30,000 students from 250+ schools across Manitoba participate in outdoor environmental education programs at FortWhyte Alive each year. What many don’t know is that we offer all of our programs to schools across Manitoba at below cost as a way of maintaining affordability for students and their families. For this reason, we rely on support from the community to subsidize a portion of program delivery costs. That’s where community partners like CN come in.
Education for Sustainable Development at FortWhyte Alive aligns with CN’s community priorities, as CN is committed to safety, environmental sustainability, and taking measurable steps to reduce its own impact on the environment.
- Kate Fenske,
Media Relations for Western Canada & Manitoba Community Affairs Lead, CN
Thank you CN for helping us to build sustainable communities today, and for tomorrow.