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This holiday season, our goal was to turn Hope into Action by raising $100,000 for our environmental education programs at FortWhyte Alive.
In practical terms, this means:
All of this is possible because of your belief in our mission and mandate and the generosity of our community of supporters.
Winter in Winnipeg is cold! This may be news or old hat to you, but it can be daunting to think about three more months of that biting windchill. Maybe you are tempted to hide inside (and go stir-crazy) but lucky for you, here at FortWhyte we know how to best embrace the chill and live it up! This winter make it a goal to spend a decent amount of time outdoors – we promise it will be worth it, both mentally and physically.
Here are five great winter adventures for you to try in order to break out of hibernation mode:
Get bundled up for a great afternoon of fun! Frosty Family Fun Days at FortWhyte offer an opportunity to get active, try a new treat and/or play! Click here for more info. Activities run from 1 - 3 pm on each date.
Snowshoe Orienteering – Tuesday, December 26
Voyageur Games & Snow Taffy – Wednesday, December 27
Marshmallow Roast – Thursday, December 28
Kubb on the Lake – Friday, December 29
New Years Craft – Monday, January 1
Jam Pail Curling & Ice Bowling – Tuesday, January 2
Ice Fishing – Wednesday, January 3
Family Photo Hunt – Thursday, January 4
Footprint Challenge – Friday, January 5
On January 14 and February 25 come to FortWhyte Alive for a special treat, but only if you don’t mind being enchanted! One of our resident storytellers will be sitting by a cozy fire (and sharing a marshmallow or two) as he takes you on a magical journey. Click here to learn more.
Did you know that we have stocked lakes on which you are welcome to try your hand at fishing? Feel free to bring a shelter if you like, or set up some lawn chairs, lean back with a hot coffee and enjoy the crisp, fresh air.
Don’t know the difference between an auger and a sauger? Join our fishing expert on January 20 from 1-3pm to learn some basics!
Strap on snowshoes and come join us for a moonlight hike as we search for animal tracks and owls in our snow-covered forests. We'll end the night warming up with a bonfire and hot chocolate in the forest.
More interested in indoor activities? Let us try to tempt you into enjoying the outdoors with an evening that blends our two favourite things – socializing and adventuring! Half the evening will feature a wine & cheese tasting event, followed by a delightful moonlit ski or a guided snowshoe hike. The perfect pairing of backwoods and brie! Tickets available on February 1 – stay tuned to our website for more information! Click here for the recap of last year's event.
For information on how to dress properly to stay warm and dry while enjoying our winter weather, check out our How to Dress for Winter video.
It’s no secret that our incredible team of volunteers are the driving force that keeps FortWhyte Alive going. This winter volunteers will be leading snowshoe hikes, assisting with forest school activities, running winter fun day programs and fire tending – our volunteers truly are fundamental to helping us inspire and educate the next generation of sustainability leaders. Become part of this awesome group of people and experience the thrill of making a difference!
Thank you; we couldn't do it without you!
And another big thank you to Lafarge, our longstanding volunteer program sponsor.
We had a great time at our third annual Meet, Make, Take event last Wednesday, November 29th! Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket and came out to enjoy this event which supported environmental education at FortWhyte Alive.
We also would like to send out a huge thanks to our volunteers that helped to put this event together, and to all the volunteers and staff who donated beautiful items for us to upcycle into beautiful cards, ornaments and décor!
There were some incredible items crafted, proving that even with recycled and natural items beautiful things can be made. Check out the photos below to see what kind of art we watched come to life!
The December sun is waning as we near the season’s solstice, and it’s the time of year to reflect and spend time with loved ones around the table as we wait for the light to return. We often light candles around the holidays or in celebration, but did you know that candles, or torches, have been used to illuminate our homes for thousands of years!
Historically, candles were made out of tallow or whale fat with reeds or other plant material as the wick, until beeswax candles were introduced in the Middle Ages (although the earliest recorded beeswax candle is from the 6th century AD!). In the 13th century, candlemaking had become a guild craft and candlemakers (called chandlers) traveled from home to home making candles from saved animal fats collected in home kitchens. At the time, beeswax candles were reserved for used in churches and cathedrals due to their high expense, and over the years candles have been produced from paraffin (a petroleum derivative), soy (from hydrogenated soy plants), and combinations of oils including coconut, almond and palm.
Nowadays, candles have been surpassed in technology by the incandescent light bulb and LED light, but they remain a classic illuminator to celebrate the holidays and bring a warm feeling to your home.
Why Choose Beeswax?
Beeswax is naturally and sustainably produced by honeybees. Pure beeswax candles burn brighter and longer than other candles. They are a natural choice to light as they are non-toxic, hypoallergenic, non-carcinogenic and they don’t irritate people with chemical sensitivities.
Beeswax candles are naturally-scented with the pollen collected by bees when they forage for nectar, creating a relaxing and soothing environment with a warm honey aroma. It is said that burning beeswax an hour before bed produces better sleep and dreams!
Over time, natural beeswax will develop a whitish film known as “bloom”. This film indicates that a candle is made of pure beeswax. Some people prefer this patina as it gives the candle a rustic look. However, it can be easily removed by rubbing the candle or gently heating the wax with a blow dryer.
In larger candles, maintain the wick by keeping it trimmed to 1 cm. A flickering flame or ball on the wick is signs that it needs a trim. Push the edges of the candle into the wax pool periodically. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
Our candlemaker, Barletta Beeswax
Barletta Beeswax makes high-quality 100% pure beeswax candles using Manitoba beeswax. They are available in a variety of shapes, pillars and tapers at The Nature Shop. We’re open Monday to Friday 9am–5pm and weekends and holidays, 10am -5pm weekends and holidays.
The Nature Shop
Located in the Alloway Reception Centre at FortWhyte Alive is The Nature Shop. Stop by this weekend for our annual Holiday Sale where you can find the perfect sustainable gifts for your loved ones this season. The Nature Shop strives to provide a cozy atmosphere, away from the crowded malls, for nature-inspired local gifts. We have local and Canadian made products, stationary, pottery, home décor, sustainably sourced foods, seasonal clothing and jewelry. When you shop at FortWhyte Alive you contribute to environmental education programs. See you this weekend!