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“Fun place to go for a nature walk or ride”
Review of Fort Whyte Alive

Fort Whyte Alive
Ranked #11 of 189 things to do in Winnipeg
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Year Round Edutainment Learn it, love it, and live it up in our 640-acre backyard! Choose from a variety of outdoor activities-for a new adventure every day.• Interpretive Centre • Buffalo Stone Cafe • Aquarium of the Prairies • Burrowing Owl Enclosure • Bison Prairie • Saturn Family Tree House • Tipi Encampment • Prairie Dog Town • Pioneer Sod House • 7 km of forest trails • Nature Shop • floating marsh boardwalks • wildlife watching • canoeing & fishing on 5 lakes • cross-country skiing • snowshoeing • tobogganing • public programs & events. Whether you are planning a first-time or return visit to this very special place, we are sure that you will leave with new insights into the natural world, a deeper appreciation of Manitoba's heritage, new information and actions for sustainable living, and plenty of fresh air, memories of fun and discovery with family and friends.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Winnipeg
Level 6 Contributor
202 reviews
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“Fun place to go for a nature walk or ride”
Reviewed January 20, 2012

Fort Whyte is a great place to go for a nature walk or bike ride. I do this ride once every couple of weeks in the summer to see the Buffalo. :<) Very fun.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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“Fort Whyte”
Reviewed January 16, 2012

Twice with school excurions that were well planned out.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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“Everyone should have a year-round membership”
Reviewed January 5, 2012

This is one of those "unsung" treasures. Always something new to discover. Our kids feel so at home here.

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Winnipeg
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“Unique”
Reviewed January 3, 2012

Great spot where you can see more Manitoba flora and fauna in one spot than anywhere else in the province. Great walking paths and even a wonderful restaurant

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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“Nature in the city”
Reviewed December 27, 2011

This review is mostly about the bike trails at FortWhyte Alive. If you ride your bike into the area, there is no entrance fee (to quote their website: "zero emission=free admission"). The problem is that it's hard to know where to park your car, where it will be safe to leave for a few hours. Here's a couple of suggestions:

1. If you would like to enter from the south end, find the little park at the end of Front St. (a really short street, runs off McGillivray Blvd). There is a large parking lot here. Once you cross McGillivray Blvd., find bike trail into FortWhyte Alive (you won’t miss it).
2. Or, leave your vehicle at Assiniboine Park (I like to park in the Conservatory parking lot). Get a trail map so you can find Preston Trail that connects with Thundering Bison Trail at the north entrance to FortWhyte Alive, off Sterling Lyon Parkway. These trails are well marked so you should not have trouble finding the north entrance into FortWhyte Alive.

Remember a bike lock so you can stop and take in all the different activities Alive has to offer. My favorites are the Buffalo Stone Cafe (especially the outdoor eating area overlooking the lake) and The Nature Shop (great gift ideas and treasures). All the staff is friendly and helpful.

The best part about biking through the FortWhyte Alive is that you can cover a lot of ground in a short period of time. It is quite large and would take a long time to walk around the whole property. With a bike you can stop where you want, take in the views and continue.

This is a lovely place to visit any time of the year. Great place for kids to experience Manitoba’s natural side without leaving the city.

Visited August 2011
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