Half Day Activities

Fort Whyte Alive

400 acres of forest, lakes, marshes and self-guided trails make the Fort Whyte Centre a true prairie wildlife and waterfowl preserve. 27 species of waterfowl, whitetail deer, muskrats and other wildlife call Fort Whyte home. Attractions at Fort Whyte include a 10,000 sq. ft. interpretive centre, which houses an aquarium containing many species of prairie fish, a climate change display, children’s touch museum and glass honeybee hive. One of Fort Whyte’s main attractions however, is the Bison Prairie, the largest urban-based herd of plains bison in Canada. The feel of the great outdoors is driven home along one of Fort Whyte’s many trails and paths. Open daily, year round. Admission charged. Guided group tours are available by calling (204) 989-8353 or (204) 989-8355.

Air Force Heritage Park

(6 miles from the Fairmont Winnipeg – 20-minute drive)

A quaint walk by the Air Force Base in St. James will take you through aviation history. With 14 aircraft on display and a “garden of memories” dedicated to the memory of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, this walk will help you to re-live the rich history of the Air Force. Found on Air Force Way, off of Ness Avenue, visitors may also peruse the Billy Bishop Building within the Air Force Base. This building, which serves as the Headquarters for the 1 Canadian Air Division, showcases further aviation history, including a rare Battle of Britain tapestry and war decorations belonging to local heroes (including three Victoria Crosses and a George Cross- the highest awards for valour in the British system of honour). Visitors may peruse the museum Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, weekends by appointment.  Admission is free. Call 1-(204)-833-2500 ext. 2437.

Assiniboine Forest

(6 miles from the Fairmont Winnipeg, 25-minute drive)

This serene expanse of forest is a seeming contradiction from the bustling urban centre that surrounds it. Located in the middle of Winnipeg, the Assiniboine Forest contains many kilometres of paths and walkways. Whether you wish to escape from the teeming streets of the city or just enjoy nature, the Forest offers something for everyone. Visitors normally choose to park their vehicles at the parking lot situated at the corner of Grant Avenue and Chalfont Street. Sites within the Forest include such attractions as a waterfowl and wildlife preservation pond, where many species of birds and deer can be seen on a regular basis. At the south end of the Forest lies the magnificent Harte Trail (visitors who wish to enjoy the Harte Trail may park their vehicles near Ridgewood and Haney Streets). The Harte Trail is an abandoned rail line that runs in a westward direction, continuing beyond the Perimeter highway of Winnipeg, and ending at Beaudry Park. Visitors are recommended to pack food and drinks, as vendors and other facilities cannot be found within the Forest. But remember; please keep our forest litter free. Click here for more information.

Assiniboine Park

(6 miles from the Fairmont, 25-minute drive)  

Enjoy lush vegetation in a garden like setting at one of Winnipeg’s oldest and most visited parks. Visitors may choose to park their vehicles on Portage Avenue and cross over into the park using the venerable walking bridge, which spans the Assiniboine River. Visitors may also use the Corydon/Roblin Street entrance to the park, with ample parking and easy access to many of the park’s other main features. Sites within the park include the historic Park Pavilion, which showcases an art gallery with the works of three local artists, the Conservatory, the English Garden and the Lyric Theatre. Of specific mention are the Leo Mol sculpture garden- North America’s only outdoor sculpture exhibit entirely dedicated to the works of one artist, and the Assiniboine Park Zoo, which contains a habitat for over 1600 animals. Assiniboine Park boasts trails and walkways throughout, as well as fields devoted to such sports as cricket and lawn bowling. Click here for more information.

Assiniboine Parkway

(½ mile from the Fairmont Winnipeg– walking distance)

This beautiful urban path stretches along the historic Assiniboine River. A common point of departure along this parkway can be found at the Forks National Historic Site, around which visitors may park their vehicles. Visitors will see the majestic Legislative Building, (and may arrange for a tour of the building) and the Forks National Historic Site, where Manitobans have been meeting for countless generations (a guided tour of the Forks may be arranged through Parks Canada during the summer months). Visitors are offered a rare chance to peruse 6,000 years of Manitoba and Canadian history; from the early signs of the Aboriginal inhabitants of the province, to the disembarkation point for the scores of emigrants to the West from the 1870s onwards. Other sites located at the Forks include the Manitoba Children’s Museum, the Skate Park and the Winnipeg Railway Museum (located in the VIA Rail Station). Visitors are recommended to continue past the Osborne Street Bridge, where the Parkway continues along Cornish Street - which intersects with East Gate and West Gate, two thoroughfares which border amongst the finest examples of early 20th century Winnipeg architecture. Of particular note in this district are the Carnegie Library on Cornish Street, Eden House (the oldest home in the community, located at 147 East Gate) and 54 West Gate, the residence of Ralph Connor, a famed author.

The Forks Walking Tours

(1/4 mile from the hotel – 10 minute walk) 

The Forks Walking Tours is comprised of six mini-tours, arranged around the important historical and developmental stories of The Forks. Each of these self-guided tours includes highlights of the era’s history and a map identifying images and locations that give you extra information on each of the stories. Visit the Explore Manitoba Centre to pick up the guidebook and familiarize yourself with the rich history found at the Forks National Historic Site.

Osborne Village

Osborne Village comprises one of Winnipeg’s most eclectic and unique neighbourhoods. Visitors may choose to start at the Legislative Building, which displays abundant ornamental detail and its grand interior spaces are well worth a tour. Or park along one of the communities’ side streets and begin their walk down Osborne Street, which is the main thoroughfare through the Village. Visitors will be surrounded by a bustling urban centre, with many sights, sounds and tastes to enjoy. Osborne Village offers a variety of fine restaurants, shops and boutiques. Pedestrians may choose to stroll down Roslyn Road and up Roslyn Crescent, where many superb residences and fine examples of Winnipeg architecture grace the thoroughfare.

Provincial Parks

Grand Beach
Manitoba's little piece of paradise on the prairies. Located just 50 minutes north of the city of Winnipeg, Grand Beach and the East Beaches area invite you to come enjoy what we have to offer all year round. Bring the family together and come see what's happening in Grand Beach, Manitoba.

Birds Hill Provincial Park
Situated on the city outskirts (northeast of Winnipeg), Birds Hill Provincial Park is a common destination for nature lovers, recreational enthusiasts and pedestrians. With 8,673 acres of park, Birds Hill is crisscrossed by a wide variety of trails and paths that are suitable for walking. Enjoy the beauty of the park and have fun too- Birds Hill offers everything from swimming to horseback riding. Visitors may reach the park by travelling northeast along highway 59, metro route 20. Park passes can be purchased at the park gates, or any district office or wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

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