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“Great visit - love the bison”
Review of Fort Whyte Alive

Fort Whyte Alive
Ranked #11 of 194 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
Reviewed September 25, 2013

Took my sister here while she was visiting from out of town this past weekend. She really enjoyed seeing the bison.

Admission is usually $7 per adult, but this past weekend, they had a festival, so we got a deal at $3 each. :)

Geese are migrating, so lots of geese around right now. I believe they're having "migration dinners" now too: if you book ahead, you get dinner and can watch the geese fly in. I've never done that at Fort Whyte Alive though.

Would have loved to spend more time, wandering on the hiking trails and/or the floating boardwalks. Next time!

Thank Winnipegger2008
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FortWhyte_Alive, Guest Relations Manager at Fort Whyte Alive, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2013

Thank you for your visit, sounds like you enjoyed our Fall Family Festival day as well as some of the migration magic. We appreciate that you think of us while having out of town visitors. We hope to see you enjoying the board walks and other trails in the future. Of course right now you might need to try it on snowshoes which is another great experience out here.

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your visit.

Regards,

Dana Forster
Visitor Services Manager
FortWhyte Alive
204-989-8353
bookings@fortwhyte.org

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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Farm and craft market outside the welcome center. Millions of geese on the lakes since it was migration season had some of the trails blocked, but there were still miles available to walk.

Thank Krista S
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FortWhyte_Alive, Guest Relations Manager at Fort Whyte Alive, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2013

Thank you for visiting! You definitely picked a great time to come out to FortWhyte on our Fall Family Festival day. We are pleased you enjoyed our market as well as the migration. Hope we see you back for another visit ! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us.

Regards,

Dana Forster
Visitor Services Manager
FortWhyte Alive
204-989-8353
bookings@fortwhyte.org

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Reviewed September 21, 2013

We visited Fort Whyte this summer as we were passing through Winnipeg. We had pre-booked the prairie safari, however, in hindsight there was no need to book. We were lucky that we were the only ones on the tour so we were able to go round most sites and have a great chat with our tour guide. The bison were a great sight and we enjoyed canoeing on the lake. Our tour guide was very informative and friendly. We got a very interesting history lesson and got to throw some spears along the way! My only complaint is that there is no public transport to and from the venue and it is quite a way out of town. We were lucky because we found friendly people to drive us. This is not clearly advertised on their website and for a minute there we thought we were not going to make it there for the tour at all. It is a great place to visit, and there are some nice trails to walk if the tour is not of interest, it's a shame about accessibility.

Thank grabrincat
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FortWhyte_Alive, Guest Relations Manager at Fort Whyte Alive, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your tour on our Bison and north trail. It sounds like you participated in our Signature Experience A Prairie Legacy: the bison and its people. We are proud of this great Manitoba experience steeped in our cultural history.

Thank you for your comment regarding the website and public transportation. I will look at making it more clear. There are no buses that come out right to us as of yet but we are still in the city limits so taxis are available if you do not have a vehicle. We are also working on building relationships with our hotel partners to see if we can make us even more accessible for travelers.

Regards,

Dana Forster
Visitor Services Manager
FortWhyte Alive
204-989-8353
bookings@fortwhyte.org

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

A visit to Fort Whyte Alive in the middle of nature, far from town and everything... You will relax and enjoy taking a tour. I liked those small animals prairie dogs but also the great bisons. That place where people try to maintain and preserve nature and wild places is great. A hard work for those who help that non-profit foundation!!! Other way we do not have nothing. Go with your kids and show them what really means nature!

Thank SafirAlbastru
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FortWhyte_Alive, Guest Relations Manager at Fort Whyte Alive, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2013

Thanks for visiting FortWhyte during your trip to Winnipeg. I am pleased that you enjoyed your time here and saw lots of our wonderful sites and wildlife. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and I hope the next time you are in Winnipeg, you visit again.

Regards,

Dana Forster
Visitor Services Manager
FortWhyte Alive
204-989-8353
bookings@fortwhyte.org

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Reviewed September 5, 2013

You need a car (or bike) to get to Fort Whyte; to get around the centre, you need to pay a small admission, though you can get an annual membership (as I have done, for some years). It's well worth a visit to the reserve. The restaurant is ok, with a good view of one of the recycled quarries. It is not a high class restaurant, but has good food at a reasonable price. They let you go to the restaurant for free; it's just the park which costs. But, you will probably see deer or geese or a variety of other animals - definitely including bison, some of which end up on the restaurant's menu. The park, as distinct from the restaurant is far from ordinary, and has many educational and sports facilities. There are bison buggies which take those who need help to get close to the bison (not touching!)

Thank 1937Michael
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FortWhyte_Alive, Guest Relations Manager at Fort Whyte Alive, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2013

Hi Michael,

Thank you for your great review of FortWhyte and all the things you can see and do while you are here. Thank you for your membership, we appreciate your support and for taking the time to encourage others to visit.

We will see you on the trails!

Best regards,

Dana Forster
Visitor Services Manager
FortWhyte Alive
204-989-8353
bookings@fortwhyte.org

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