Discover Your True Nature

Your True Nature banner featuring Buffalo motif

A $35-million redevelopment - looking to the future at FortWhyte Alive!

FortWhyte Alive has grown and evolved since it began 50 years ago. In that time, hundreds of thousands of people have found their true nature in this amazing oasis of nature.
Winnipeg has also grown, making FortWhyte’s hundreds of acres of marsh, forest, and prairie more vulnerable – and even more precious.

Now, FortWhyte is embarking on a $35-million redevelopment so everyone in our community can find their true nature for generations to come.
You’re invited to join this exciting and historic turning point in the FortWhyte story, and to share your own special FortWhyte experience!

Right now, you can double your impact!

Winnipeg nature lover Bob Williams will match the first $1 million donated from the community through the Your True Nature campaign!

“When you invest in FortWhyte, it's not for me, it's not for you. It's for your grandkids, so they will have a place to come forever.” - Bob Williams, Your True Nature matching donor

Photo of Bob at the waterfront near a canoe

Bob Williams, Donor and Inspiration

Bob Williams

Bob Williams, Donor and Inspiration

Bob Williams

Bob is a Winnipegger who was raised on the banks of the Assiniboine River across from Assiniboine Park and felt connected to nature from a very early age.  As an avid wilderness canoer, he has paddled the lakes, rivers, and oceans in Manitoba, Northwest Ontario, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and the Queen Charlottes.
His public service has been on the boards of Assiniboine Park, Fish Futures (think Ducks Unlimited for fish), and Polar Bears International.  Our military is another passion, as he serves as the Honorary Colonel for the Fort Garry Horse regiment.
His business career is the development of commercial and residential property, so he has paved paradise and put up a parking lot several times. It is payback time and he is proud to be part of the team to help protect FortWhyte forever.

“We all benefit by investing in FortWhyte. Let’s make sure it’s not only here for our grandchildren, but that FortWhyte is better than ever and able to support more programming and visitors in a sustainable way.”

Growing Together

Your gift to the Your True Nature campaign will help redevelop and revitalize FortWhyte Alive for you, and for our community. Here are just some of the transformative changes you will make possible:

Your True Nature… forever, on site at FortWhyte

Your gift of $1,000 or more will be recognized on the beautiful outdoor legacy wall greeting visitors at Buffalo Crossing.

With a $2,500 contribution or more, you will also be invited to share a personal message on the indoor digital recognition site, to share your favourite FortWhyte memory, mark a significant life event, or honour someone special.


Donors contributing $5,000 or more will also be invited to add a photo of one of their happiest moments at FortWhyte Alive.

Your gift of any size will be doubled to help renew FortWhyte Alive, and contributions of any amount will be recognized on the electronic recognition site at Buffalo Crossing.

Legacy Wall at Buffalo Crossing

All donors will be recognized based on the amount of their personal gift. For example, if you give $2,500, you’ll be acknowledged as a Trail Blazer.

I keep coming to FortWhyte to relax in nature and walk the trails because my Dad, who is now 105 years old, brought us kids and then our children to enjoy the outdoors here.

Memory Creator FortWhyte Alive Member

Nature is the most important thing. My kids are more aware of how critical it is to care for our environment. Sustaining it is aligned with my ideals and FortWhyte has the same goals.

Climate Champion FortWhyte Alive Volunteer

At FortWhyte I can feel away from the city.