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Winnipeg Tour Connection Messenger Summer 2016

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Where the Bison Roam Take a step back in time at FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg's stunning urban nature reserve. The Prairie Legacy Tour details how the bison – Manitoba's provincial symbol and North America's largest land animal – influenced the history of the area's Aboriginal peoples, while demonstrating how important it was for the Métis and early pioneers. On this outdoor experience your group will get up-close to the world's largest urban bison herd, traverse lakes teeming with wildlife in large Voyageur canoes, and learn the importance of the bison to the Indigenous peoples while seated in a Plains Cree tipi. The tour ends with wild bush tea and bannock baked over a campfire. • 204.989.8355 FOR ALL YOUR GROUP TRAVEL NEEDS: Sarah Robinson Project Manager, Travel Trade 300 – 259 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3B 2A9 204.954.1978 or 1.855.PEG.CITY Ceremonial Sweat Lodge A sweat lodge is an authentic and often intense experience for groups seeking a unique experience rooted in indigenous history and culture. Also called "purification ceremony," this ancient ritual is being offered by a recognized Sweat Lodge Keeper at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, on lands that were important to the indigenous peoples of Canada. Held in domed tents, intense heat is created by pouring water over red-hot rocks, as a lodge leader (called a Na-gahn-'way-wi-nini) opens your group to the custom of sharing of thoughts while relating traditional teachings and stories meant to aid in this ritual of purification. • 204.785.6050 Along with an extensive list of group experiences, Winnipeg's attractions offer numerous tours and immersive experiences focusing on local Aboriginal culture. WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA messenger Summer 2016 Exploring Winnipeg's Indigenous Cultural Experiences Fo rt W h yt e A live : P hot o c ourt es y S t a n S w a n s o n S we at L o dg e : P ho t o cou rtesy P a rks C an ada Voyageur Canoe: Photo courtesy Raymond Currie Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site: Photo courtesy Parks Canada

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