This summer Winnipeg Trails is celebrating the progress that has been made on the Trans Canada Trail. The Great Trail connects our country through a series of hiking, biking, and paddling trails, but there is still lots of work to be done! || We want to hear about your trail experiences and make a plan for future funding opportunities. Come share your thoughts and let us know how to spend our money! ||
We’ll be starting things off with a slow roll, all ages, bike ride along The Great Trail starting in Kildonan Park at 12 noon. Rain or shine we’ll be slowly rolling down to St. John’s Park!
Meeting up at St. John’s Park we’ll continue the fun!
– 2:30 Local bands Casati and A La Mode will perform!
– TCTea, cake, veggies, and more!
– a competition to test your Dinking Dutchman skills
– a scavenger hunt for gems along the trail using the Winnipeg Trails App (smartphone required)
– a chance to share your experiences and opinions about the future of The Great Trail, chiming in on how and where new funding should be spent!
Our Executive Director, Anders Swanson will be starting an early ride from the start of the Crow Wing Trail, heading north through the city he will attempt to cover as much of The Great Trail as he can on a special cargo bike outfitted with maps and snacks. Throughout the day he’ll be posting on our Winnipeg Trails twitter account about his ride along the trail and the improvements it still needs. You can also track his progress on this map on our website.
International Trails Day
Saturday June 10
Every year we celebrate International Trails Day as a way of recognizing the contributions of trails to a community and to a city. This year our party is on the move! We want to see as much of Winnipeg’s Trails as we can and we want you there with us!
9:00am – Meet up at The Forks Market Plaza for coffee and doughnuts and head south!
10:00 – Arrival at Crampton’s market. Tune-ups and set up.
Come celebrate the first annual BenchMARK competition winner unveilings! Together with our partner StorefrontMB, we will kick off the day by celebrating the installation of two pieces designed last summer for the BENCHmark competition.
10:30 – Unveiling of Pothole Bench.We’ll hear from a few sponsors as well as the bench designer, finish any last bikes in the tune-up stand, and enjoy some tasty treats provided by Crampton’s Market. When the speeches subside, join us as we slow roll east to the next site.
11:40 – Unveiling of Scattered Spheres. Come meet the designers, learn how a new machine was invented just for these beautiful orbs and check ’em out!
12:15 – BBQ and Meetup at Henteleff Park – Winnipeg Trails informal outdoor Summit is also the first BBQ stop for the bike jam. We’ll spend some time getting to know this place and spend time briefly recapping what Winnipeg Trails has been up to over the past year and sharing plans for the summer. We will be joined by representatives of Henteleff Park offering walking tours through the park and hear about the history of the area and the local flora and fauna
2pm – 6pm We bring the party to you! We’ll be starting up our Mobile Bike Jam Pop-Up BBQ! We’ve outfitted a cargo bike with all the fixings you need for a backyard BBQ and we’re bringing it to a trail near you!
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Download our app. Expect to find some temporary, lucrative (in terms of points) special gems to pop up on #ITD2017 only! Last year the people with the most points won a sweet longboard at the end of the summer. Stay tuned for special announcements.
7pm – 9pm – Our day will be winding down with exciting speakers and a panel discussion at Fools+Horses where we will hear from some local experts and enthusiasts for an informal event entitled Blazing Trails: The past present and future of walking, cycling and the identity of Winnipeg.
Can’t make it to the ride but still want to celebrate International Trails Day? Here are some ways you can join in:
Make it count. You can help us count traffic along the trails. It does not take long to become an expert in how your favourite trail gets used. Spend an hour on your phone people-watching using Green Action Centre’s made-in-Manitoba, kid-friendly traffic counting app. This is a great way to get outside and get involved. The data collected highlights which trails are being used, when they’re being used, and who is doing the using! This information helps us to build a better trail network for everyone. Winnipeg Trails staff has been counting and analyzing traffic patterns. You can contribute.
To participate, all you have to do is download the app at CounterPointApp.org. Once you are ready, join one of many counterpoints around the city or set up one of your own on a trail near you. Count what goes by, screenshot your results and share them with us on social media! We recommend anything from a 15 minute to a 2-hour count between 1pm and 3pm.
Protip:join the Winnipeg Trails team inside the app and talk to an organizer (or just send us an email saying Hi). We’d love to know who you are so we can consider using your data in our analysis.
Send us pictures of you out on the trails!
Either by Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, we want to see you out enjoying the trails in your own unique way! We would love if you would show other Winnipeggers what there may be missing. Send us pictures throughout the day with the hashtag #ITD2017 or tag us @winnipegtrails. We’ll be watching. If we see something we particularly love, don’t be surprised if you win a sweet t-shirt…
Find gems – share gems with our new app. We have been testing and refining and adding to a scavenger hunt-style Winnipeg Trails app and we think it’s pretty cool. We have added a bunch of new gems and are looking for more! Starting June 10 we will be launching our newest Gem Blast Contest! The player with the most gems at the end of the summer wins a grand prize! If you are already familiar with the app, we challenge you to suggest new gems. We know there are hundreds more out there that deserve to be shared. Tell us where they are! The world needs to know!
July 19, 2016 4:00pm-7:00pm Canad Inns Fort Garry (1824 Pembina)
On behalf of the City of Winnipeg, you’re invited to attend a public information session for the Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2) Project.
The project is comprised of significant infrastructure components in the southwest quadrant of the city, including: the Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2); the addition of pedestrian and cycling infrastructure adjacent to the Transitway, through the Pembina Underpass, and into the Southwood lands; the renewal and expansion of the Pembina Underpass; and connections to the University of Manitoba and Investors Group Field. The project improvements will allow citizens to move in a more sustainable and integrated manner.
Construction of the Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2) Project is scheduled to begin in summer 2016, with completion expected in late 2019. Transit operations on the new Transitway are expected to begin in April 2020.
You are invited to meet with members of the project team to learn more.
Winnipeg Trails is gearing up for an amazing summer aimed at bringing you great events and working to make the trails you love (and maybe some you didn’t even know about) more enjoyable! Thanks to 5 new staff, we’ve even got time for a proper newsletter or two!
Our theme this summer is “Snapshot”, and we’re going to take one this summer. Follow along as we measure, catalogue, and analyze the state of our trails system.
First, Winnipeg Trails is thrilled to introduce our summer dream team consisting of Assistant Coordinator Samantha Blatz, and trails analysts Aaron Friesen, Dan Riehl, Paul Hewak, and Samantha Worden. You may see them out on the trail hiding hidden gems, counting traffic, or asking people how they feel about their trail network. If you do, be sure to say hi. Huge thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs Program, City of Winnipeg and the Assiniboine Credit Union for making these positions possible.
Though our whole team is ready to hit the ground running, we need your help to make this summer the best that it can be… We have a couple volunteer opportunities!
Our first fundraiser of the year is coming up on July 14th for Game 2 of the Winnipeg Blue Bomber’s season. Volunteers would work from 5:30pm sharp to approximately 11:15pm. Every hour you volunteer nets a $10 donation to Winnipeg Trails!
We’ll be there to help fans find their way to a parking spot as well as directing fans away from the stadium after the game. Volunteers will receive wristbands at the beginning of their shift that allow them free entry into the stadium, deals on team merch, and a chance to see most of the 2nd and 3rd quarters. We are looking for 10 volunteers on this day but will be looking for more volunteers in the future for more games and more events! (If that July date seems too far away for you and you’re ready to start your volunteer career now, we’ve been told that volunteers are still needed for the upcoming game on June 24th! If you can help, let us know.) If you are interested in volunteering with the Winnipeg Trails Association, please fill out this form and we’ll be in touch.
How about a little people watching and science? We are looking for volunteers to count traffic. You can choose to count on your own time or join the team as we seek to answer interesting questions like “How do people get to Assiniboine park on a lazy Sunday afternoon”, or “How many bikes head into town on a weekday morning in July?” The answers help us plan better walking and cycling networks.
BENCHMARK DESIGN CONTEST CALL FOR PROPOSALS
OPEN UNTIL JULY 6th
We’ve partnered with StorefrontMB to add something special to places along the Bishop Grandin Greenway. If successful, we hope to expand this to other trails in Winnipeg. Spread the word. See the details.
Transcona Trails 2016 Photo Contest Information and Rules
Pictures must be taken from or towards any trail in Transcona.
Digital format (scanned prints will also be accepted).
Each contestant may submit one or two photos. The contestant must have taken the original picture. Attach the official entry form with your photo submission.
For photo location state the name of the trail or park and the approximate location on the trail.
Pictures should be given a name (example: Fox on Cordite Trail).
Entries will be accepted June 4th to August 4th, 2016 by email to email@example.com
Prizes: First $100, Second $50, Third $25.
Winners will be announced September 1st 2016.
By entering a picture in this contest you are giving the Transcona Trails association permission to use your picture on our website or promotional materials, and to announce your name if you are one of the winners.
There must be a signed release for any identifiable people in the pictures.
Entry form is available from the Transcona Trails website, or email address:
Option a) MS word document: fill in the word document, save and attach to email with your entry.
Option b) pdf document: print form, fill in with pen, scan and attach to email with your entry.
Your addresses and phone information will be kept private. If you need more information contact Val at firstname.lastname@example.org.