CONGRESS TOURS

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Book your tours when you register for the Congress. Tours can also be reserved on-site, however, availability may be limited.

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Manitoba Boardwalking  

9-4 - Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail & Grand Beach: A rare and fascinating landscape, the Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve is home to 23 species of rare and uncommon plants, many carnivorous plants, and 28 of Manitoba’s 37 native orchid species. In 2015, Manitoba Parks completed construction of an elevated boardwalk that allows people to safely visit the area for aesthetic, educational and cultural reasons without causing damage to the native plants and their habitat.  This is your chance to experience this one-of-a-kind ecological site with an interpretive guide.  The tour continues just north of the Brokenhead Wetland on the shores of Lake Winnipeg at Grand Beach Provincial Park.  A traditional holiday retreat for Winnipeggers over the last 100 years, Grand Beach is a place for locals to escape the heat of the city for the cooling waters of the lake and the fine white sand beach.  Come for a walk on the boardwalk with the designers, an ice cream, and maybe a dip in the prairie sea!


Photo: Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail - Government of Manitoba, Conservation and Water Stewardship

Winnipeg Neighbourhood Tour   

1-4 - Ride Winnipeg’s heritage-style trolley and tour the rich history, local landmarks and future developments of Winnipeg’s old and new neighbourhoods. 


Photo: The Winnipeg Exchange District - Exchange District BIZ

Friday, June 24th, 2016

The Forks

3:15-5:15 - The Forks is the social and spiritual heart of Winnipeg. A magnificent natural crossroads created by the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, it is a special place where ideas and cultures have intermingled for more than 6000 years. This walking tour will explore the Riverwalk, Harbour, Oodena Celebration Circle, Prairie Gardens, Skate Plaza, Adventure Playground, Children’s Museum, CORE Orchard, Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge and the Cool Gardens installations. The tour will conclude by touching on current and future projects at the Forks including the Via Rail Station, South Point Lands and Rail Side Lands.


Photo: Oodena Celebration Circle & The Plaza at the Forks - HTFC Planning & Design & The Forks North Portage Partnership

Canadian Museum for Human Rights: Discover the Building Tour   

3:15-5:15 - The architecture of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is not just beautiful - it's full of symbolism. Find out about the architect's vision, significance of the site, as well as the building's design and materials.


Photo: Canadian Museum for Human Rights - Dan Harper

Legislative Hermetic Tour

3:15-5:15 - Begin with a 10 minute walk to the Legislative Building. Explore some of Manitoba’s rich history on the grounds of the Legislative Building and visit the beloved “Golden Boy” who is perched atop.  The vision of the future master plan for the grounds will be introduced before moving into the Legislative Building.  We will uncover trails of occult clues concealed in the building’s architecture including: hidden hieroglyphic inscriptions, numerological codes, and Freemasonic symbols so intelligently masked it has escaped historians and visitors for nearly a hundred years! The interior tour is one of a kind and will reveal hidden details within the architecture of the Legislative Building with a few unlocked mysteries along the way.


Photo: Manitoba Legislative Building - Nilo Manalo

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Canadian Museum for Human Rights: The Spirit (Mikinak-Keya) Tour   

3:15-5:15 - A recent addition to Winnipeg in September 2014, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first new national museum created in Canada since 1967.  Delegates will learn about the motivations behind the landscape and infrastructure surrounding the building before moving inside the museum.  The connections between the First Nations’ sacred knowledge and the Museum’s architecture and human rights mandate will be the basis of the interior tour.  We will explore how the symbolism in the building's architecture profoundly relates to the Seven Sacred Laws and the teachings of Grandmother Turtle. This cultural experience has been created in partnership with a group of seven Elders representing Anishinaabe, Cree and Dakota nations.


Photo: Canadian Museum for Human Rights - Dan Harper

The Forks

3:15-5:15 - The Forks is the social and spiritual heart of Winnipeg. A magnificent natural crossroads created by the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, it is a special place where ideas and cultures have intermingled for more than 6000 years. This walking tour will explore the Riverwalk, Harbour, Oodena Celebration Circle, Prairie Gardens, Skate Plaza, Adventure Playground, Children’s Museum, CORE Orchard, Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge and the Cool Gardens installations. The tour will conclude by touching on current and future projects at the Forks including the Via Rail Station, South Point Lands and Rail Side Lands.

Assiniboine Park Walking Tour   

3:15-5:15 - The walking tour will begin with the an introduction to the recent renewals in the heart of the park and the zoo and a sneak peek at the Park’s next big project, the Diversity Gardens, a bold reimagining of what a modern botanical garden and conservatory can be in one of Canada’s harshest northern climates. Established at the height of Winnipeg’s early 20th century boom in the pastoral English style of the City Beautiful movement as a place of refuge and recreation from the physical and social perils of the industrial revolution, Assiniboine Park is home to a zoo, art gallery, conservatory, skating pond, sports fields, gardens, and a wide range of fully accessible family picnic sites.  Get an inside look at the Journey to Churchill Exhibit, Polar Bear Conservation Centre, Streuber Family Nature Playground, Qualico Family Centre, Riley Family Pond, and Leo Mol Sculpture Park.


Photo: Nature Playground & Journey to Churchill at Assiniboine Park - Assiniboine Park Conservancy

Downtown Bike Tour   

3:15-5:15 - Join is for a 4.5km bike tour around Winnipeg’s downtown and learn about historic landscapes of the Upper Fort Garry Park, the playful green spaces of Central Park and engaging sculptures of Millennium Park and Old Market Square.  Join local landscape architects, architects and artists for an exclusive overview of these downtown spaces and public art installations.