Experience Manitoba - and all it has to offer!
"Do something every day that scares you.” That is one of the timeless lyrics from the song Sunscreen by Baz Luhrmann.
This group is for all women 18+ who want to get out and experience all the adventurous, different, beautiful, fun, crazy, and sometimes scary things our province has to offer.
About the Organizer
Sandy, the founding member and organizer has been in Manitoba since 2006 and is a permanent tourist. Sandy immigrated to Canada from the UK, where she ran women’s groups for 15 years. Her Manitoba friends all ask her advice on where to go and what to do and Sandy even has a little tourist office in her home. Sandy started Experience Manitoba to share her passion with other women. With the organizational assistance of Fern, and Katy, Experience Manitoba is a thriving women’s outdoor adventure group!
About The Group
We aim to hold at least 5 meetups per month, and we encourage all of our members to try things they have never tried before! We support one another and treat each other with respect. All meetups are pre-paid through PayPal.
Meetups can be:
- Adventurous, like the ropes course and zip-lining
- Nature-related, like hiking unusual trails and interpretive events
- Educational, like kayak lessons or a working day at a farm
- Wildlife related, like visiting the snake pits or bird watching
- Cultural, like visiting a sweat lodge or a tour of a small town
- Active, like rifle shooting, snow shoeing or cross country skiing
- Weekend breaks, like ski trips, sleeping in an igloo, or camping trips
- Giving, like volunteering for a Girl Guide camp or chopping Christmas trees down for women’s shelters
- Crazy, like quadding or flying in a small plane
Our meet-ups are always friendly, supportive, and fun! (It’s all clean fun, except when we get REALLY muddy!)
How Experience Manitoba Works:
RSVPing to Meetups:
When an event is published, you (as a member) will get sent an email asking if you would like to go. We use PayPal to collect our meetup fee ($3 per meetup), plus the activity fee (if any) and the carpool fee, so when you RSVP you will simply pay via PayPal. We limit most of our meetups to 12 attendees, but we aim to offer popular events multiple times to allow as many members as possible to participate. Please only RSVP for one date of an event if it offered multiple times.
Wait List/"Notify Me"
As of October 2013, meetup.com no longer has the waitlist feature for pre-paid meetups. Meetup.com has made it much simpler for you to be notified when a spot opens up in a meetup you're interested in. Now, if a meetup you're interested in is full, simply click on the "Notify Me" button at the top of the RSVP list. If a spot opens up, everyone who clicked that button will receive an email that a spot is open. The first person to RSVP gets the open spot.
We care about our impact on the environment, and as such, we endeavour to carpool to events whenever possible. For the vast majority of events (unless they are inside the city limits), we organize a carpool from the closest Tim Horton’s that is easily accessible by bus.
Based on the recent member survey and other feedback from members, we are changing how we organize carpools. Now, using PayPal, we will collect an integrated fee from all members attending the meetup. This includes the $3 meetup fee, the activity fee, and your contribution to the carpool. When you RSVP, you are asked questions about whether you’d like to drive or ride in the carpool – please answer these questions in detail, as decisions are made based on your answers!
The organizer for the event will decide on the drivers based on the answers to the questions. We usually have more people wanting to drive than we need, so we cannot accommodate everyone who wants to drive. We aim to have full vehicles (4 people per vehicle) wherever possible.
Within 24 hours of the event, carpool drivers will be reimbursed their portion of the collected carpool monies via PayPal. This reimbursement is based on the average fuel economy of female’s cars in Canada, the current gas price, and a per-km rate for wear-and-tear and maintenance. Our per-km reimbursement is in line with current government and industry reimbursement rates.
Please note that members who are going to opt-out of the carpool and meet us at the event still have to pay into the carpool, but they will be reimbursed the carpool fee within 24 hours of the meetup, via PayPal.
These refunds will go to your PayPal account. It is up to you if you want to transfer it back into your bank account, or leave it in your PayPal account for later use. If you used PayPal through your credit card, Paypal will directly refund to your credit card.
If you would like a ride to Tim Horton’s or home from Tim Horton’s, you are welcome to make a comment on the meetup event page indicating that you would like a ride if anyone lives close to you. Please respect that members cannot always give you a ride, even if they live nearby, as they may have other commitments to get to, or other reasons why they cannot offer you a ride. If no one offers a ride, you may ask the group as a whole, but please refrain from asking individual members directly, as it has been known to cause members to feel like they are obligated to give you a ride, which can make people uncomfortable.
Ideas for Meetups
We always welcome ideas for meetups. If it is feasible for the group, every consideration will be made to try and accommodate the idea. If you have any skills, knowledge, or expertise relating to outdoor adventures that you would like to share with the group, please let the leadership team know – we value your input!
Last Minute Changes to Events
Please check your email and the event page for any last minute changes before you leave the house that day. Unforeseen events are just that – we try to make every effort to not make any last minute changes, but it does happen. The event organizer’s cell number will be given to you when you answer the RSVP. These are to be used in an emergency - so store them in your phone, in case you get lost, re-routed (which usually happens to Sandy) or your keys fall down the toilet when you are in Tim’s and can’t get to the meet-up (yes, this actually happened once).
We have had waitlists for every single meetup for a long time, and the waitlist sometimes even ends up being longer than the number of people attending. Cancelling at the last minute or not showing up without letting someone know means that someone on the wait list doesn't get a chance to participate. We have always discouraged this behaviour, but we now have a policy. You will be allowed 3 no-shows (not showing up, and not letting the organizer know before the start of the meetup) and then you will no longer be a member of the group.
We do understand that “life happens” which is why we are setting the limit at 3 no-shows (some meetup groups have people leave the group after only one no-show). We expect that members contact the organizer through the meetup site or by text or phone call if they are unable to attend the event, in order to possibly allow someone on the wait list to attend.
The $3 Meetup Fee
This $3 event fee covers the cost of using meetup.com, using PayPal (approx. 33¢ per transaction), group Provincial parks passes, costs involved with our birthday parties and large gatherings, first aid and emergency kits for the group, lanyards, name tags, printing costs, and other group equipment.
We do not offer refunds, but if you find you are unable to attend a meetup, you may find someone on the waitlist to take your spot and arrange for them to pay you directly.
If you need to find someone to take your place:
Step 1 - Post a comment on the event page saying you're looking for someone to take your spot; also, email people on the waitlist directly saying that your spot is available.
Step 2 - Once you've found someone to switch with, it's your responsibility to get payment directly from them. You could get payment in cash, have them pay you by PayPal (all they need is your email address), or do an email money transfer.
Step 3 - When payment arrangements have been made, contact Sandy, Katy, or Fern so they can switch the RSVPs. Do not change your RSVP to "no" - one of the organizers MUST make the change for you.
Our refund policy reflects that we often have to pre-pay for events and/or guarantee a minimum attendance.
You will require a PayPal account to RSVP and pay for meetups – but there are options besides using a credit card. Please visit https://www.PayPal.com/ca and click on the “Personal” tab to find a wealth of information on how PayPal works, and how to set up and manage your account, if you don’t already have one. PayPal has a great video on how to set up and manage an account. You can click on this link to view the video: https://personal.paypal.com/ca/cgi-bin/mark...
Disclaimer and Waiver of Liability
Please note that Experience Manitoba organizers and leaders are not trained professional guides, and they may not have completed outdoor leadership training or first aid training. Experience Manitoba is run entirely on the efforts of volunteer organizers and the participation of members. Participating in our events is the equivalent of doing the activity with a group of friends. The success of each event depends on the cooperation and efforts of every member who participates.
The types of outdoor adventures we pursue may include inherent dangers, including but not limited to slips, falls, getting lost, changes in weather, inclement weather, sprains, strains, hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn, wild animal encounters, animal bites, allergic reactions, poisonous or irritating plants, insect bites, and vehicle (including carpool) collisions. Although we always make an effort to look out for one another to the best of our ability, each member is solely responsible for their own safety and well-being during every event.
From time to time, some participants may take photos during Experience Manitoba events and post them either on the meetup.com site, Facebook, YouTube, or other sites, for public display. We do not review or edit members’ photos before they are posted online. You may avoid having your picture taken, but if you absolutely cannot be in photos or videos, you may prefer removing yourself from this group.
By RSVPing “yes” for events, you agree with and accept all statements in this disclaimer and waiver.
By RSVPing “yes” for events, you hereby for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators release and discharge Experience Manitoba, their organizers, directors, agents, volunteers, leaders, and participants from any and all lawsuits, actions, claims, or demands by reason of any damage, loss, injury, or death arising from your participation in Experience Manitoba events.
By RSVPing “yes” for events, you agree to accept responsibility for all risks and hazards you may encounter at this event, and you further agree to bear all costs of rescue or medical attention rendered to you personally arising from this event.
Now let’s get experiencing Manitoba!
See you soon…
Sandy, Fern and Katy x