There is a hidden gem located in the South West quadrant of Winnipeg, known as Fort Whyte Alive. Fort Whyte Alive is an outdoor adventure magnet located minutes from the Outlet mall. Amongst its 660 acre urban green space, outdoor adventures for every season is available. In the summer you can kayak, bike the trails or hang out in the wetlands. During the winter, break out the snow shoes to enjoy the grounds from another perspective, if that is not your thing you can try ice fishing or the infamous toboggan slide that takes you straight out to the frozen lake. Throughout the year you can always catch a glimpse of the Bison herd, but my personal natural phenomenon is the great fall migration. Deemed the migration magic, there is no more perfect title.
First off here is your packing list:
Bring a fully charged phone/camera, you aren’t going to want to miss these magical instagrammable moments
Bring a blanket to sit on and one to bundle up in case the wind picks up. Think cozy and warm, you may be admiring the scenery for a few hours, so don’t forget a chair as well.
Dress in layers, Winnipeg weather is unpredictable in the fall. Sweaters, jackets, thick socks, maybe even a light tuque and mitts just in case.
Always bring snacks and something to sip on, especially for the little guys. This is a family friendly event and we want to keep ourselves and our littles warm and full. I love packing fruit, crackers, cheese and bottled water.
If you are walking with an entourage, I always recommend a small wagon. The viewing site is a bit of a walk from the parking lot and a wagon is perfect for tired legs that need to rest or all of the snacks you packed.
During the fall migration you will witness thousands, literally thousands of geese and waterfowl using Fort Whyte Alive as the starting point of their long journey south. Over the many years Vibes Energy has attended this incredible evening, we have witnessed the most incredible skies. Imagine sun setting behind the tall tree line with hues of reds, purples, oranges and yellows painting the sky with hundreds of birds spotting the sky and head diving into the waterways. Sounds like a movie, no?
If that isn’t enough, there is usually a lot of happenings on the grounds with this picturesque background. Over the years they have had s’mores stations, arts and crafts and hot chocolate all available for purchase. This event is great for families, generational family outings or just on your own to enjoy to view.
We love Fort Whyte’s dedication to fighting climate change, its sustainable initiatives and the urban green space that continues to give back to the visiting community.