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WTC Messenger Winter 19-20

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Winnipeg T O U R C O N N E C T I O N M A N I T O B A , C A N A D A messenger Winter 2020 Sarah Robinson Business Development Manager For all your group travel needs: 204.954.1995 or 1.855.PEG.CITY Snowshoeing in a winter wonderland Get ready for the great outdoors at Winnipeg's gorgeous environmental education and recreation centre. Situated on 640 acres of prairie, forests and wetlands, FortWhyte Alive is a city-situated oasis teeming with wildlife year- round, including plenty of whitetail deer and bird species, along with North America's largest urban bison herd and a full working farm. For groups, FortWhyte offers numerous outdoor experiences that will see you snowshoeing, skating, hatchet and atlatl throwing, and learning about the bison hunt and the area's original Indigenous inhabitants in a Plains Cree tipi. On top of this, there's always time to roast bannock and make tea over a roaring campfire, while inside the Interpretive Centre you can warm up in the licenced Buffalo Stone Café, which specializes in farm-to-table fare with a dining room that looks out onto the lakes. • 204.989.8355 ext. 204 A flannel festival in the frost Festival du Voyageur (FDV) is the biggest (and best!) winter festival in Western Canada. For 10 days every February (14-23, 2020 and 12-21, 2021) nearly all of Saint-Boniface, particularly Fort Gibraltar, turns out in plaid to party while celebrating the city's fur trade, Francophone and Métis history. FDV features no shortage of music, indulgent French fare and cultural events set amongst towering snow sculptures, while some of the best bits are the costumed interpreters – like the trapper, blacksmith, and cooper – who will regal you with tales about life during the 1800s when you visit their little abodes inside Fort Gibraltar. Group tours, available throughout the festival, can also include snowshoeing, historical re-enactments, jigging and everyone's favourite, maple taffy on snow. Hé Ho! • 204.258.2561

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