There's always something new to discover at FortWhyte Alive.
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.
This year, youth crafted their own boats, adding carpentry to the agriculture and
culinary skills fostered through social enterprise. You’ll appreciate how experiential
learning and employment guide youth to develop self and community reliance.
Thanks to you, each and every day at FortWhyte Alive is filled with magical moments of learning, exploration and connection. These are the moments that connect us to the natural world, and to each other. That’s how real change happens.
Thank you for your ongoing support and investment in our community. Your participation is not only making a difference, but also creating the world we all want to see.
You know that there are all kinds of things that we can all do to create a healthier, happier planet. Doing good for the earth comes in all shapes and forms – and chances are you're already taking steps to create the change we all want to see.
We’re doing our part by educating, connecting and inspiring actions toward sustainable living. But we’ve also been doing a number of things right here at the place we call home to reduce our carbon footprint.
At FortWhyte Alive we are working hard to be living, breathing models of sustainable living in action.
In February 2015, we launched our first-ever Sustainability Plan to guide our sustainability performance until 2020 – and work toward our vision of becoming a national leader in sustainability. As part of this plan, we made a commitment to track our environmental performance and report back to our members, donors, and the general public to tell the story about our successes and challenges.
We’re just about halfway through our five-year Sustainability Plan, and wanted to give you an update!
Highlights from 2016/2017 include:
But that’s not all! Read the full progress report here.
We're here to help you take action toward building a more sustainable community. What are you inspired to do today?
With perfect weather for dining outdoors on the lakeside patio at FortWhyte Alive, this year's 30th Annual Sunset BBQ was a massive success.
Your generous support raised close to $150,000 for environmental education for young people in Manitoba. We are blown away by the generosity of our community and are excited to put your support to work as we welcome thousands of students who wouldn't otherwise be able to come to FortWhyte Alive over this next year.
This night wouldn't be possible without our team of FortWhyte Alive volunteers and Diversity Foods Services, and we thank them for their efforts in creating an unforgettable evening for all in attendance.
We'd also like to extend our gratitude to Sunset Sponsor ADESA Auctions – with a special thank you to ADESA auctioneer Curtis Newton, who raised a record $37,960 in donations for the Class Act program which subsidizes the cost of a field trip to FortWhyte Alive for inner-city schools. Incredible!
The Sunset BBQ is the keystone fundraiser for supporting environmental education, outdoor recreation and social enterprise programs. On behalf of our Board, organizing committee, staff and volunteers, we would like to say thank you to the many guests, donors, volunteers and individuals who support this event!
Thanks to our Sunset Sponsor:
Thanks to our Evening Sponsors:
Maple Leaf Construction
Winnipeg Building and Decorating
Les Wiens and Associates
James Richardson & Sons, Limited
Raif & Zoe Richardson
Thanks to all of our generous prize donors:
Aon Risk Solutions
Betula Lake Lodge
Big Sand Clothing Co Inc.
Canadian Museum for
Capital K Distillery
F as in Frank
G is for Glasses
Grace Hill Salon
Jensens Garden Centre
Kari Lehr Art
Kathy Meaney Visual Artist
Keewatin Place Grocery Store
Living Edge Handcrafted Furnishings
Mariaggi's Hotel & Spa
Mennonite Heritage Village
Oak Hammock Marsh
Park and Buzz
Peak Time Trading Corp
Pixie & Mood
Prairie Theatre Exchange
Public General Store
Rae & Jerry's Steakhouse
Redd Line Jewellery
Rumor's Comedy Club
Shakespeare in the Ruins
Shelmerdine Garden Centre
StoneField Shaving Co.
Strada Personal Spa
Tall Pine Lodges
The Children's Museum
The Floral Fixx
The Frenchway Café
The Golf Dome
The Manitoba Museum
The Pearson/Scoles Family
The Pollard/Pearson Family
The Prall Family
The Thiessen Family
Wayne Arthur Gallery
Wild Bird Trading Company
Winnipeg Canoe Rental
Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers
Winnipeg Fringe Festival
Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
World Folk Art
On Wednesday, May 31, 2018 we had the honour and privilege of hosting a citizenship ceremony at FortWhyte Alive.
35 new Canadians, originating from 10 countries around the world, were welcomed during this afternoon ceremony on the plaza at the Alloway Reception Centre. As the new Canadians affirmed an Oath to Canada, there were joyous tears and excitement aplenty among all in attendance.
The presiding official at the ceremony was Dr. Rayleen Deluca (Order of Canada), and the clerk of the ceremony was Frank Fuchs. We were also joined by Indigenous Elder Allen Sutherland, who opened the ceremony with a blessing and a welcome messaging. Special thanks to members of the Riel Gentleman's Choir who lead us in a rousing rendition of 'Assiniboine' and 'O Canada' upon completion of the official proceedings.
Along with receiving their certificates, flags, and pins, our new Canadian friends were also presented with a Cultural Access Pass, made available from the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. This pass enables new Canadians to explore, travel, and discover Canada during their first year as citizens, with free admission to more that 1,300 of Canada's premier cultural attractions (including FortWhyte Alive!) as well as discounts on travel.
After celebrating with dessert and refreshments, guests were invited to stay and enjoy FortWhyte Alive for the remainder of the day.
Think of the feeling you get when you walk out of work after a long day, step onto the patio on a summer’s night, or take those first few steps onto a beach. Your shoulders begin to relax and the tension in your neck falls away, along with the stress of the day, week, or month.
Nature has this effect whether or not you realize it – being outside makes you feel good.
There are numerous studies that investigate the real health benefits of "forest bathing" – another old practice-cum-new trend in a world that is increasingly disconnected from nature.
Call it what you like – forest bathing, forest immersion, or simply going for a walk – the act of reconnecting with nature yields many benefits. It's an opportunity to establish connections. To gain new perspective. To simply feel good.
Full disclosure: we're in on the secret. As it turns out, spending more time in the forests at FortWhyte Alive might just change your life.
What happens when you immerse yourself in nature? Your body will thank you. You'll create space for mindfulness. Perhaps most importantly, spending more time outside will provoke a visceral connection with the planet. The act of spending time in nature allows us to remember that we are not outside of nature, but we are nature.
From this place of connection we are better equipped to understand the environmental challenges we collectively face – and work toward solutions and to create a more sustainable community.
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Visit us! FortWhyte Alive is your destination to experience the natural world, without having to leave the city. You don't have to be 'busy' during your visit to FortWhyte Alive. Simply stop by for a stroll on your lunch break, bring a book, or just sit by the lake and enjoy the view.
Starting in June, we are switching to our extended summer hours. For June, July and August, we are open until 8 pm on weeknights, Mondays through Thursdays.