Learning from the Land Series – Spring: Return of the Floodwaters – Saturday April 27

Learning from the Land, in the City is a new series of four seasonal walking tours organized by Urban Ecology Winnipeg. It explores the connection between people, places and Winnipeg’s urban ecosystems.

Following the cycle of the four seasons, Learning from the Land, in the City will organize four urban field walks in Winnipeg, bringing together guest speakers from the worlds of design, ecology, and community development to share knowledge in the field about the local urban environment and our place within it.

● Spring: Return of the Floodwaters – Saturday, April 27 / 10am – 12pm

Next up
● Summer: Urban Forests and Habitats – June 2019 / Date and Time TBD
● Fall: Food Webs and Food Security – September 2019 / Date and Time TBD
● Winter: Energy and the Cosmic Whole – January 2020 / Date and Time TBD

The purpose of this project is to start a conversation about the links between the environment and community health, to promote public literacy about cities as part of larger ecosystems, and the implications that holistic thinking has on the way we plan, design and build communities. We know that the health of people and the land are intimately connected, but what does this look like in an urban setting? How does
urbanization and colonization change ecosystems and impact communities? How can we design cities to work in harmony with natural systems and be more socially and ecologically resilient?

On Saturday, April 27, the first walk in this series will explore WATER systems in Winnipeg, corresponding to the spring thaw and return of the floodwaters. Gathering on the flooded banks of the Red River along Waterfront Drive, this walk will bring together local leaders to talk about:
● The traditional cultural and spiritual significance of water for Indigenous peoples
● The geological history of the Red River and Assiniboine watersheds
● The annual cycle of flooding and its importance for the health of ecosystems
● Colonization and the ways that urban development has changed the rivers
● Winnipeg’s aqueduct and its devastating impacts on the Shoal Lake 40 community
● The downstream impacts of storm-water runoff and sewage spills into the Red River
● Green infrastructure solutions that can help cities manage water in more resilient ways

The walk is open to the public and free to attend, but space is limited. Tickets must be reserved by visiting their website.

Organizers are excited to announce an exceptional line-up of speakers as part of this walk from a diverse range of groups including the International Institute for SustainableDevelopment, the University of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, and more. A complete listing of speakers can be found on their website along with more information about this project.

Learning from the Land, in the City is independently organized by Matt Carreau (HTFC Planning + Design) and Marika Olynyk (Nature Conservancy of Canada, Manitoba Region). This project is supported by the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources, HTFC Planning + Design, Green Action Centre and other sponsors to be announced soon.

Winnipeg Trails is brining tea and snacks!
Look for the red umbrella! 🙂

Annual General Meeting, 2018

The Winnipeg Trails Association is pleased to announce the 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held on September 27th at The Forks Market starting at 6:30 pm. Look for the “private” function in the south aisle of the main market building.

Before the AGM (optional):
We will meet at the Forks Canopy at 3:30pm to conduct a Community Trail Count: anyone with a smart phone can participate from any place they choose. (If you already know how CounterPoint app works, or just want to count somewhere near you, feel free to join from anywhere in Winnipeg!)

The meeting part of the evening will run from 6:30- 7:00 and be followed by a Mix & Mingle. After the meeting we will be walk/biking to a special location for refreshments and a film screening!

AGM Date: September 27th 2018
Trail Count: 3:00-5:30pm
AGM Time: 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Mix-and-Mingle: 7:00-7:30pm
Secret location pop-up film screening: til late

RSVP by Sept 21st by emailing coordinator@winnipegtrails.ca.

If you are would like to volunteer for the Community Trail Count, or would simply like more details, click here!

And of course, if would like to get involved with Winnipeg Trails – as a volunteer, supporter or board member, get in touch and ask us how! 






September 27th Community Trail Count

Join us on September 27th from 3:30-5:30pm for a pre-AGM Community Trail Count.

A Community Trail Count is a simple way for citizens to measure the types and amounts of traffic our city experiences. Anyone with a smartphone can do it. You simply find a location you would like to count at, open the Counterpoint app and record what you see!

Winnipeg Trails uses the Counterpoint app to count all types of transportation, throughout all seasons. The app is free, easy to use and the data is available for anyone to download.

So come on out and count with us, because we are counting on you!

The How-To:

There are two main ways to participate, but first, download the Counterpoint app here //counterpointapp.org/

Blaze your own trail:

  • Download the Counterpoint app from  
  • Head to your location (there are some locations already set up in the app or, set up your own location)
  • start counting!

Journey with friends:

  • Meet us at the Forks Canopy at 3:30pm for a crash course on how to download and use the app. (The Forks has free wifi)
  • From there you can head anywhere you would like to begin counting. Or you can head out in a group: there will be a few volunteers available to help you on your way.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Community Trail Count please send an email to coordinator@winnipegtrails.ca

September 27th
-Trail Count:  3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
-AGM: 6:00pm at The Forks

Traditional Trails

Traditional Trails Manitoba Métis Ride Sunday August 12. 

Join Adrian Alphonso and Jenna Vandal for a fascinating and invigorating trip through the history of this place we call home.

Starts at 1pm. Admission is free. Recommended for Ages 12+ only (due to pace of ride & subject matter. Route is suitable for any bicycle.

Want to borrow a bike? Use this form to fill our your details. 

RSVP on Facebook is appreciated. 

See the CBC story.

Watch the video and video.

Help promote the event.
Download a Hi Res version of the poster!


Rivers East Trail Committee Members Needed

Contribute to the Vibrancy of Your Community
Trail Committee Members and Chair Needed

The River East Neighbourhood Network – Trail Committee
(RENN-TC) is a sub-committee of the River East Neighbourhood
Network (RENN), a non-profit legally incorporated entity composed of
area residents, schools, and social service providers.

River East Trails and Active Transportation Corridors
 Northeast Pioneers Greenway
 Chief Peguis Greenway
 Bunns Creek
 Kildonan Parkway
 Roch Bike Boulevard

RENN-TC is recognized as the community stakeholder of the trail
network in River East.
RENN-TC’s Mission is:
 To create a healthy, vibrant community, encouraging people of
all abilities to participate in regular physical activity;
 To create a safer community by promoting Active
Transportation (AT) throughout the neighbourhood and beyond.

Interested in volunteering?
Contact: Sigrun

The Great Trail – More to Come!!

TCT2.0 Website photo


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! ||

What’s Happening!

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.

Open House: Fermor Bridge December 13th

As a stakeholder group on a project with numerous trail connectivity components and potential, Winnipeg Trails has already attended a review of preliminary designs and Coordinator Anders Swanson provided some thoughts. You too have a chance to see the plans and have your say.

Details here:

Join us at an open house to view the preliminary design ideas for the bridge rehabilitation and roadworks, and learn about pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, and intersection and road improvements. Open house attendees are invited to provide their feedback.

If you are unable to attend, please view the open house boards and complete an online survey.

Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Southdale Community Centre, 254 Lakewood Boulevard

For further information, contact Lea Hastie, Dillon Consulting Limited: lhastie@dillon.ca or phone (204) 453-2301

Those who may require alternate formats or ASL interpretation in order to participate should contact Lea Hastie by December 6, 2016 at the email address or phone number above.


I finally made it down to the South Osborne Farmer’s market after some coaxing from a friend. I had put off going for weeks, and with only so much summer left I decided to be late to the party rather than sorry that I never showed up.

As I made my way down Osborne, and under the Rapid Transit Corridor, I felt a sense of adrenaline that I think most cyclists feel when they have to manage their speed down a considerable decline. Along with shoulder-checking, and then hike up a steep incline the trip can be taxing, even when biking a short trip from the East end of Wellington Crescent, it can wear you out.

Soon after I arrived at the market, I noticed a bike path I had never seen before. It was situated along the river and seemed to fork near the South Osborne Exchange building. After making my rounds, looking at all the tables, buying a pistachio glazed doughnut and chatting with some friends I saw there, I planned to pack it in for the day. However my curiosity over this trail got the best of me and before I knew it I was headed down a white gravel road with trees surrounding me.

Trail beginningMore trailScenery

From where I began, the path was a little bit rocky, I was riding a road bike at the time and could feel the bigger stones shift around as I passed them, they weren’t big enough to do any damage to my tires but big enough to be a nuisance if I needed to get out of the way quickly. The rocks got smaller soon enough into the path for me to not care too much about it. Another slight issue I noticed about the path was that it got quite narrow at points:

big small Narrow

The only point the narrowness was any real concern to me was when I was surrounded by burr bushes on either side. if somebody needed to pass things could get burr-y. Had I encountered any of these pesky velcro’s I’d be delighted to know that there were two park benches along this portion of the trail so I could sit down while I picked them off of my shoelaces and jeans and then threw them in the garbage can. Both benches look exactly the same so I only took a picture of one and just copied it. Trust me though, there are two of them!


The trees on either side of the trail formed a large tunnel of sorts as leaves from branches overlapped with each other. The provided shade and a special kind of peace that one can only receive when they’re removed enough from a trail away from roads and close to a river made the entire trip worth it. All the foliage covering the uninteresting aspects of our cities infrastructure (like gray walls/fences) was refreshing to seeas well, and seeing somebody kayak was a special bonus!

Header image foliage walls Kayak

Soon after the tree canopy ended, so did the gravel path, as it transitioned into asphalt for the final portion of the journey. The decline was the steepest I had experienced on the trail, so I was glad that friction was on my side as I raced down toward the underpass of the St. Mary’s bridge. By the time I got to The Forks’ footbridge I was amazed at how quickly I had travelled there, and sad at how brief my trail trip was, spanning maybe 15 minutes.

Transition River View end

I wanted more, so I turned around prepared to experience the excitement all over again. I then made the mistake of using the dirt trail which connects with this trail. I could write a whole story about it honestly, but to make a long story short the dirt trail is pretty unsafe/unfinished despite having its occasional rideable moments. The highlight was definitely when I almost rolled my ankle on a narrow pathway while walking my bike and fell down into a pile of weeds:

fellfell 2

I lived to tell the tale, and I hope you all tell your own tale, hopefully a safer one, when you visit this trail in the South Osborne region (turn left on Mulvey Ave and go straight towards the river, you won’t miss it!), just don’t use the dirt trail, it’s not good.

Happy trails!


Written by: Paul Hewak

Paul Hewak is a Trails Analyst summer student with The Winnipeg Trails Association. He is a student at the University of Winnipeg in the Faculty of English. His hobbies include riding his bike exhaustively until the steering bracket snaps off the day that he decided to write this story. He puts out his best wishes that his bike will recover, and will use another bike in the meantime. Paul’s hobbies include reading, writing, drawing, and collecting ugly pictures from thrift stores. Paul’s former bike’s hobbies included moving.