There's always something new to discover at FortWhyte Alive.
This summer, a great crew of hard-working volunteers gathered to plant wildflowers and native prairie plants at the base of our solar array.
As interest in renewable solar energy increases across the world experiencing a changing climate, this project is an inspiring example of how otherwise unused or under-utilized land adjacent to a productive solar array can be repurposed.
The restored lands will serve as habitat for important food pollinators – who are facing habitat loss at an alarming rate – and other species.
Located next to FortWhyte Farms' apiary, this is a “sweet” good news story about how people in our community are coming together to fight climate change, restore habitat and encourage biodiversity – all within city limits.
“You have solar panels, native prairie plants, wild pollinators and honeybees all in one space, working together. It’s a really neat example of what real action toward fighting climate change and investing in biodiversity can look like,” says FortWhyte Farms Manager, Danielle Mondor.
“Climate change is real and we’re doing what we can take action and inspire people to do what they can. We really hope that this project will serve as a model and showcase what is possible, even in urban environments,” said Mondor.
Thank you to the many supporters, including generous support for this investment in solar power from Manitoba Hydro, Bullfrog Power, IG Wealth Management, and Sycamore Energy Inc, and additional support for the pollinator garden from WWF-Canada Go Wild Community Grants.
To learn more about volunteering at FortWhyte Alive, visit fortwhyte.org/volunteering.
The story of what happens when we reconnect to the natural world.
As fall approaches, so does migration season for many bird species – notably, the Canada goose.
Over the coming weeks, an influx of northern nesters from the Hudson Bay Lowlands will meet up with locally breeding geese, for an estimated peak population of 120,000 geese in Winnipeg. That’s a lot of geese.
Despite our sometimes-tense relationship with these plentiful birds, there is no denying they enhance the beauty that is autumn in Manitoba.
And there is certainly no ignoring the amazing spectacle that is the goose migration – especially at FortWhyte Alive, where thousands of geese land on our lakes each evening at sunset.
Much like the falling leaves, the movement of birds en masse is a sure sign of seasonal change. As the humid heat of summer is replaced with crisp fall air, the iconic flying "v"-formation of Canada geese becomes a common sight overhead.
At this time of year, change is everywhere. Wildlife is on the move. Trees shed their leaves. And for our species, it’s an equally big time of change. We too migrate back to school and work, start new regimens, and modify our schedules to accommodate the shorter, cooler days.
Plant or animal, autumn is a time of movement, and transformation. And we are a part of it.
Year after year, thousands join us to take some time out on a crisp, autumn evening to witness and experience the magic of fall migration. The lakes of FortWhyte Alive truly come alive with the spirit of autumn.
It’s one thing to read about migration patterns, or marvel at beautiful photographs of geese landing at sunset, but it’s another thing to experience the fall migration – to gather in community at the lakeshore to witness a force of nature that is undeniably big.
What many may not realize is that experiencing migration is a sensory experience. The sight of a stunning sunset. The smell of crisp, autumn air. The unmistakable sound of thousands of landing geese.
The magic of fall migration is that is allows us to truly connect – or reconnect – with the rhythms of the natural world.
The annual migration is an incredible spectacle, one that everyone should have the opportunity to experience first hand. It can serve to remind us how resilient nature can be and, at the same time, help remind us of our visceral connection with the planet.
From this place of connection we are better equipped to understand the environmental challenges we collectively face – and work toward creative solutions to complex problems like climate change.
So, what are you waiting for? The show is already beginning. Get outside to catch a glimpse of one of the most remarkable phenomena in all of nature. Reconnect with nature and watch the sky speak as thousands of geese land after sunset in this breathtaking display.
We believe that the act of spending time in nature allows us to remember that we are not outside of nature, but we are nature. By spending time in nature, you are creating the change we all want to see.
That’s the real magic of migration.
Wow. Words cannot express our gratitude to all of you who dined with us and supported this year’s Harvest Supper at FortWhyte Farms. The 5th annual event was our biggest feast at the farm yet, thanks to your kind support.
The goal of the Harvest Supper is to build community, and let you in on the impact that your year-round support of the farm has on youth in our community.
Thanks to you, FortWhyte Farms continues to grow youth who go on to create change in their own families and communities. The farm is a welcoming place where diverse youth come to learn about healthy food, develop job skills, learn money management and plan for long-term success.
Huge thanks to our sponsors for supporting this event:
From all of us, thank you!
Our warm thanks to:
And, finally, cheers to you for your support of this event and of FortWhyte Farms, year-round. You are making change happen by supporting youth who themselves go on to create change in their own families and communities.
On September 5, we celebrated Sam Fabro’s life in the best way we know how – a round of golf! This marked the 24th Annual Golf Tournament, and the 1st Sam Fabro Memorial Golf Classic at Pine Ridge Golf Club. Clear blue skies blessed this friendly round as our golfers set out on a course full of fun and excitement – putting contest, raffles, challenges, pizza and of course… hatchet throwing. Would it really be a FortWhyte event without it?
Thanks to our generous sponsors and fantastic team of golfers we raised an overwhelming $41,868 in support of environmental education at FortWhyte Alive.
Check out the team photos in the slideshow below:
We can’t thank our wonderful sponsors enough for their continued support. They are a part of a growing community of leaders who are passionate about making real change, and we are very pleased to have them on our team.
Golf Cart Sponsor:
Autoshow Sales & Finance
Tee Gift Sponsor:
Brandt Tractor Ltd.
Kleysen Group Ltd.
Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries
Maple Leaf Construction Ltd.
Quintex Services Ltd.
Birchwood Auto Group
Great West Life
Gypsum Drywall Interiors Ltd.
Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
Oasis Originals / Intrepid Dezine
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Quality Design Inc.
Rental Experts Inc.
Security Decorating Co. Ltd.
Shindico | TD Commercial Banking
Thor Plumbing and Heating Ltd.
As always, congratulations to our tournament champions!
Trevor Hodnett, Peter Paulic, Paul Sigurdson and Ron Guina from Brandt Tractor claimed the top spot this year and were congratulated by FortWhyte Alive President and CEO Bill Elliott.
Many thanks go out to our tournament volunteers and staff that worked tirelessly to ensure that the tournament ran smoothly.
You know the feeling. That feeling when you’re on the cusp of something big. Whether with your company, small business or side hustle, sometimes you need that extra push, or that extra dose of inspiration to carry you and your team past the finish line.
We’re here to invite you to look to nature to find the energy and inspiration you’ve been looking for. We’ve witnessed hundreds of teams step out of the office and into the wild to finish that project, meet that deadline or create that strategic plan.
We know it works. We’ve seen it. It’s that secret ingredient that only fresh air – and a fresh perspective – can provide.
You know that:
FortWhyte Alive’s inspired meeting spaces feature a comfortable and modern working environment, complete with great design, incredible natural light, and all the amenities – perfect for your next annual meeting, strategic planning session, workshop or round of interviews.
The Doug Harvey Lakeside Meeting Room features this stunning solid wood boardroom table made from reclaimed elm, a custom creation by Winnipeg's Wood Anchor.
Let's just say this — if you want to have your afternoon coffee break in a canoe, we can make that happen.
We make it easy for you to inject your meeting, session or retreat with a unique outdoor experience you won’t get anywhere else in the city. Forget ‘team building’ in the traditional sense and imagine yourself doing something you’d love to do on a weekday – think canoeing, snowshoeing, or a simple walk in the woods. You decide. These wild experiences will leave your team with renewed energy and inspiration that will last long after your visit.
What’s next? Share with your business partner, co-worker or boss today and book your team’s experience to kick start the new season. Visit fortwhyte.org/rentals to learn more and get in touch at email@example.com to check availability for Fall 2018.