Fortwhyte Alive

Visit the Home of the Wildlife and Have Some Close Encounter with Nature

About ForWhyte Alive

Discovering FortWhyte Alive is a great way to find adventure in the city. Just minutes from downtown Winnipeg, the city turns into a natural playground. Bison, whitetail deer, ducks, and a variety of other animals call 660 acres of woods, lakes, and paths home. Bike or snowshoe through the woods, or go to the water in a canoe or rowboat. With ice fishing and tobogganing in the winter, hiking and bird viewing in the summer, and magnificent waterfowl migration in the autumn, each season provides a unique experience. After a day of enjoying the outdoors, visit the Nature Shop or the newly refurbished Interpretive Centre, which will open shortly. Year-round, there are many guided and self-directed excursions available to take in these sights.

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Formation 1983 ; 38 years ago ( 1983 )
Type Nature preserve
Headquarters 1961 McCreary Rd.
Coordinates 49°49′13″N 97°13′31″W  /  49.8202°N 97.2252°W  / 49.8202; -97.2252 Coordinates : 49°49′13″N 97°13′31″W  /  49.8202°N 97.2252°W  / 49.8202; -97.2252


Winnipeg Metro Region

Official language


President and CEO

Liz Wilson


Ian Barnett

Board of directors

Dr. Gordon Goldsborough
Debbie Grenier
Richard Enright
Tammy Johnson
Jody S. Langhan
Shannon Magnusson
Amy May
Justice Michel A. Monnin
Tanis Ostermann
Sacha Paul
Dr. Brian Postl
Liz Prall, Chair
Sprague Richardson
Susan Schmidt
Brian Thiessen, Past Chair
Paul Vogt
Liz Wilson, President & CEO
Website fortwhyte .org

Formerly called

Fort Whyte Nature Centre

To see what's going up next, look at their Calendar of Events. On 640 acres of grassland, lakes, woodland, and wetlands, FortWhyte Alive is an environmental, education, and leisure centre. It is a for-profit enterprise run by the Fort Whyte Foundation Inc., which was established in 1966. FortWhyte's natural environment includes more than 9 kilometres of interpretive nature paths, a 70-acre bison grassland, boardwalks, and other prairie animals.

Natural Features

Wildlife like as ducks, whitetail deer, and muskrats may be seen at FortWhyte Alive. Thousands of migratory birds, Canada geese, and ducks flock to the area in the fall, making it a must-see for birding lovers. FortWhyte Alive has decided not to sell food to the animals or allow them to be hand-fed on the site. Many visitors come to have a close contact with nature.

Touching or feeding wild animals, on the other hand, is incompatible with keeping wildlife "wild." A 70-acre (28 ha) bison prairie and related heritage exhibits, more than 9 kilometres (5.6 miles) of interpretive nature trails, a family treehouse, floating boardwalks, and songbirds, deer, and waterfowl in their natural habitat are among the 640 acres (260 ha) of prairie, lakes, forest, and wetlands at FortWhyte.


Fishing is accessible year-round, and visitors may also engage in more meditative activities like as canoeing, hiking, or bird-watching.

Ice fishing, snowshoeing, skating, and tobogganing are all popular winter activities. The lakes, woodland, and marsh of FortWhyte are well-traveled, with over 100,000 visitors yearly benefitting from a variety of activities and displays.

The Nature Shop and Buffalo Stone Café are among the tourist amenities available at the 6,700 sq ft (620 m2) Alloway Reception Centre. The 10,000-square-foot (930-square-meter) Interpretive Centre houses the Aquarium of the Prairies (Manitoba's largest indoor aquarium), the Prairie Partners Room, the Touch Museum, the Climate Change Greenhouse, and Prairie Soils dioramas, among other environmental and sustainable development exhibits. Longer-term research, camp programmes, and seminars may all be held at the isolated Siobhan Richardson Field Station, which has three overnight cottages.

FortWhyte Alive is a vibrant example of sustainable development, located atop a recovered clay mine and cement plant. FortWhyte is known for providing objective, well-balanced programmes that acknowledge the interdependency of a healthy economy and a healthy environment, as well as being in the forefront of environmental education, outdoor recreation, and social entrepreneurship programming. It is dedicated to raising environmental knowledge and understanding, as well as doing activities that contribute to sustainable living. This involves looking at how people and the environment have interacted in the past, present, and future.

A location for everyone to enjoy all year long, with a variety of family-friendly activities to ensure that everyone has an unforgettable time. ‘A Prairie Legacy: The Bison and its People‘ is one of the most memorable experiences you may have here. This Canadian Signature Experience allows you to experience prairie life and see magnificent bisons up close. What impact have bisons had on Manitoba's history and people? This 3-hour trip will teach you all of this and more. Learn about the fur trade, take a Voyageur canoe trip, see inside a Plains Cree tipi, visit a pioneer sod home, and sample wild bush tea and fire-roasted bannock. View bison-related items and put your atlatl hunting abilities to the test. The Interpretive Centre has a lot to offer: Learn how water supports life and how to preserve your local watershed with Planet H2O. Kiwanis Touch Museum — has a variety of animals on exhibit, from bisons to Manitoba birds. View the terrain from pre-settlement to the present day with the Prairie Soil Diorama. Discover life in the province's waters at the Aquarium of the Prairies. This is Manitoba's fattest freshwater aquarium.

Amenities And Accessibility

Service animals are permitted. Canoes and rowboats, fishing poles, waggons, fire pits, ice augers, snowshoes, nordic walking poles, and family adventure packs are all available for rent. Pets are not permitted. Amenities Family friendly/washrooms Rental strollers are available. The Buffalo Stone Café is available everyday until 4:30 p.m. at the Alloway Reception Centre. The Nature Shop offers a one-of-a-kind selection of nature-inspired gift options.

Admission Fees

Adults (18–64): $10.00; Seniors (65+): $9.00; Students and Children (3–17): $8.00; Children 2 and under: free. Members of Free Alive: With the purchase of one adult ticket, CAA members get one complimentary entrance. FortWhyte is free to visit if you walk or ride your bike there (ongoing promotion) The Bison and Its People: A Prairie Legacy $45/person $5 per person for a guided buggy tour Adults pay $18; children under the age of 12 pay $10. (must be accompanied by an adult). For 2 hours, the fire pit costs $15.

Admission Hours

Whether you have 30 minutes or an afternoon, there is always time for an adventure at FortWhyte. Reserve at least three hours of your day if you want to walk across the most of the trails with plenty of time to take in the views. Start your stay by visiting the Interpretive Centre and south trails if you have all day. After that, spend some time resting in one of our numerous picnic sites or Cafés for lunch, and round off your surely wonderful morning with a trip to view the bison on our north path. FortWhyte Alive is now available. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The following health and safety regulations are in effect at FortWhyte Alive due to current public health restrictions: Masks are required in all interior areas and recommended elsewhere. Admission and member check-in are both available at the Alloway Reception Centre. We are now just taking contactless card payments to minimise contact. The Nature Shop is at a quarter-capacity. Indoor (25 percent capacity) and outdoor eating are available at the Buffalo Stone Cafe (50 percent capacity).