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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. Kinda our motto - we use it often - especially Sandy!

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 in 2010 to share her passion with other women. With the organisational assistance of Helen and event hosts, Helen, Jeannie, Joanne, and Patti, Experience Manitoba is a thriving women’s outdoor adventure group for all ages!

About The Group

We aim to hold at least 4 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.
Meetups can be

- Active, like cycling, snow shoeing or cross country skiing

- Adventurous, like zip-lining, dog sledding or feeding goats from a kayak

- Team based, like mini golf or Amazing Race style challenges

- Nature-related, like hiking unusual trails or interpretive events

- Educational, like goat soap making or tapping maple syrup

- Wildlife related, like the snake-pit trails or the goose migration staging

- Cultural, like a guided tour of Bannock Point or sweat lodge experience

- Weekend breaks, like unique cabin stays or camping trips

- Giving, like volunteering for a Girl Guide camp or planting trees with a conservation group

- Crazy, like frozen t-shirt competitions or flying in an ultralight

Our meet-ups are always friendly, supportive, and fun!

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 usually limit most of our meetups to 12 attendees, but we can sometimes offer popular events multiple times to allow as many members as possible to participate.

Wait List:

For paid events, there is not a wait list, which means that you will need to check the event page daily to see if a spot becomes available. Write a comment on the event page if the event is full and you would like to attend. Don't forget to add another comment if you no longer need a spot.

For free events, If you are on the wait list you will automatically be slotted into attending if a spot comes up. Don't forget to change your RSVP to no if you no longer want a spot.

Carpooling

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, we organize a carpool from the closest Tim Horton’s that is easily accessible by bus.

Based on the member survey and feedback from members, we changed how we organize carpools. We use PayPal to collect an integrated fee from all members attending the meetup. When you RSVP, you are asked questions about whether you’d like to drive or ride – 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 all who want to drive. We aim to have full vehicles (4 people per vehicle) wherever possible.

Within 48 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.

Not able to carpool? 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 48 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 not refund to your credit card, so we cannot refund you through Paypal.

Wanting a ride to Tims or our meeting point?

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.

Carpooling within the city

Most of our events are outside the perimeter, so carpooling is not only fun but necessary. But for local events, for example, to carpool from Tim Hortons to Fort Whyte and back, the carpool fee is 30c. Most of the time we don’t have full car loads, in these local events, as some members meet us there so our Finance Officer was spending a lot of time refunding 30c for every local event we hold. So, if we are carpooling for only 15 minutes and the carpool fee works out to less than 50c per person, we do not charge carpool fees. Policy: No carpool fees for events within a 15-minute drive of the location.

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) 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).

Attendance Policy

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 and the group waiting for someone to show. We have always discouraged this behaviour, and 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.

The $3 Meetup Fee

This $3 event fee covers the cost of using meetup.com, using PayPal (approx. 33¢ per transaction, plus a percentage), Provincial Park passes, costs involved with our birthday parties and large gatherings, emergency kits for the group, lanyards, name tags, printing costs of maps/directions etc, and other group equipment.
We do not charge meet-up fees for free local events. This includes: Nordic walking on city trails cycling/bike riding around the city, skating …and any other event that is 3 hours or less (you get the idea)

Policy: No meet-up fees for events that are 3 hours or less.

Refunds / being unable to attend

We do not offer refunds, but if you find you are unable to attend a meetup, you may find someone on the site to take your spot and arrange for them to pay you directly. We often have to pre-pay for events and/or guarantee a minimum attendance. [i]Example: Joan can no longer go, and the event is full, so she posts on the event page, "does anyone want to buy my spot?" Sarah says "I'd love to what's your Paypal email, so I can send you the payment?"Joan messages Sarah with her Paypal email address/posts on the event page her Paypal email address that money can be sent to. Sarah sends Joan her payment through Paypal.Joan lets the event host know that she has received the payment The Event host switches the two members attending.Sarah clicks "change your rsvp" to answer the event questions and then enjoys a great event.

PayPal

You will require a PayPal account to RSVP and pay for meetups – please use your bank card rather than your credit card. 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... (https://personal.paypal.com/ca/cgi-bin/marketingweb?cmd=_render-content&content_ID=marketing_ca/Account_SetUp)
Please note we cannot give carpool payments or event refunds if you do not have a Paypal account and have only used a credit card to pay Paypal for events. Now let’s get experiencing Manitoba!

See you soon…

Sandy, Helen, Joanne, Patti and Jeannie x

Upcoming events (5+)

St.Boniface Nordic walking! (for those who have tried it before)

Have you ever tried Nordic walking? If you have, then come and join us as we experience a Nordic walk through the French quarter of Winnipeg, St.Boniface including Whittier Park and the Seine River parkway! These Nordic walking sessions are for those who have tried Nordic walking before as this is not an instructed walk. (Instructed walks are held at FortWhyte Alive on Saturday mornings.) *Please comment below if you'd like to borrow poles. When you RSVP for this meetup, you need to pay $0 by PayPal, which includes: $0 meetup fee $0 carpool fee $0 activity fee PLEASE TREAT THIS RSVP AS IF YOU HAVE PAID - A LOT OF WORK GOES INTO THESE EVENTS AND LAST MINUTE CANCELLATIONS AND NO-SHOWS CAUSE DELAYS AND DON'T ALLOW OTHERS TO PARTICIPATE. If the meetup is full but you want to attend, please comment on the event page. If you need to cancel your spot - DO NOT change your RSVP to no. Write a comment on this event page to try and sell your spot. Find our policies on meetup fees, selling/buying a spot, refunds and carpooling here: http://www.meetup.com/Experience-Manitoba-Group/about/ Check out the trail map: We will do 5 - 6 km of the trail http://www.winnipegtrails.ca/trails-maps/old-st-boniface-route/ The Plan: 10:00 am -Meet in the parking lot of Whittier Park/ Fort Gibraltar , do introductions, hand out lanyards 10:15 am - Sort out our poles, take group photo and start our walk 12:00 pm (approx.) - leave the trail, say good bye until next time Please Bring: • Your Experience Manitoba lanyard (if you do not have one, you will be given one at this meetup) • Weather-appropriate clothing and footwear, including an extra layer. The trail could be muddy so please plan accordingly. • Water bottle (preferably a reusable one) • Camera (optional) • Nordic walking poles if you have them • Please comment below if you'd like to borrow poles Please do not bring your dog to this meetup. Dogs (even well-behaved ones on leashes) do not mix well with the poles. Our trail rating: As per our trail difficulty and pace-rating system, this hike will be: • Leisurely Pace • "One Boot" trail difficulty Our rating system can be found here: http://www.meetup.com/Experience-Manitoba-Group/pages/Pace_and_trail_difficulty_rating_system/ ) Experience Manitoba Policies: If the meetup is full but you are interested in attending, please click the "notify me" button at the top of the RSVP list. Spots do open up, and we are sometimes able to add another date for an event if there is enough interest. Please read our disclaimer and waiver of liability here: http://www.meetup.com/Experience-Manitoba-Group/pages/Disclaimer_and_Waiver_of_Liability/ By RSVPing “yes” for this event, you agree with and accept all statements in this disclaimer and waiver. By RSVPing “yes” for this event, 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 this event, 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.

Earth Day at Fort Whyte Alive!

1609a Kenaston Blvd

Experience earth day at Fort Whyte! It has been 6 years since we did this event - so it's about time we did it again. This will not be your usual relaxing nature reserve. On Earth Day every year, FWA is free to enter and there are many activities on hand for us to enjoy! Join us for history talks, tours of the livestock and the farm, an edible wild hike, and exciting outdoor activities. Help us celebrate the planet with lessons in food, special programming at FortWhyte Farms and a chance to explore the site at no cost — admission is free all day! When you RSVP for this meetup, you need to pay $0 by PayPal, which includes: $0 meetup fee $0 carpool fee $0 activity fee (activity fee includes entrance to Fort Whyte and tours) *We will refund your PayPal account ONLY if we cancel an event. Otherwise, we do not give refunds. You can however, sell your spot. Please treat this event as if you had paid and value the spot you are taking. Let us know if you cant come. Explanations on how to sell/buy spots, fees, refunds, carpooling: http://www.meetup.com/Experience-Manitoba-roup/about/ *Please note that the event may be cancelled in the event of unfavourable weather conditions which can be combination of factors of temperature, wind, and snowfall. We will cancel at the discretion of the Event Host(s). This may mean that the event is still on despite a temperature/windchill that you may not be comfortable being outdoors. Check out this link to learn more: https://www.fortwhyte.org/event/earthday/ The Plan: 9:00 am - meet at Tim Hortons, hand out lanyards, do introductions, finalize carpools 9:30 pm sharp! - carpool from Tims 9:40 am Arrive at our event 10:00 am - Livestock & Greenhouse Tours, then Farm Exhibitors at FortWhyte Farms 12:00 pm "Edible Wild" Hike and visit to the Sod House Pioneers at the Sod House 1:30 pm Picnic lunch (bring a small tarp to sit on) 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Learn about our Prairie History at the Tipi Encampment 3:30 pm Arrive back at Tims (approx) Please Bring: • Your Experience Manitoba lanyard (if you do not have one, you will be given one at this meetup) • Weather-appropriate clothing and footwear, including an extra layer • A water bottle (preferably re-usable) • A camera (optional) • Money for purchases at the Farm or Nature Shop **Please do not bring your dog to this meetup (dogs are not allowed at Fort Whyte) Experience Manitoba Waiver: Please read our disclaimer and waiver of liability here: http://www.meetup.com/Experience-Manitoba-Group/pages/Disclaimer_and_Waiver_of_Liability/ By RSVPing “yes” for this event, you agree with and accept all statements in this disclaimer and waiver. By RSVPing “yes” for this event, 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 this event, 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.

Canoeing on the Seine River with Wild Harmony Canoe Adventures!

Join us for our first canoe trip of the year on the Seine River with Wild Harmony Canoe Adventures! The beautiful Seine River could be considered Winnipeg's most intimate, scenic rivers, as it meanders from the South Perimeter Highway to the Red River. It is home to an abundance of wildlife. Its small size and many bends make it easy to surprise deer, beaver, geese, ducks, painted and snapping turtles, to name a few. It is slow moving with some faster sections but is suitable for practising basic paddling strokes. This trip will be 3-4 hours in duration with a lunch break part way through. Please note: Due to weather and water conditions and experience level of the group, end time is only approximate. When you RSVP for this meetup, you need to pay $43 by PayPal, which includes: $3 meetup fee $0 carpool fee (no carpool fee for events within a 15-minute drive of the meetup location) $40 activity fee ( includes canoe and life jacket, basic instructions and guided trip) Explanations on how to sell/buy spots, fees, refunds, carpooling: http://www.meetup.com/Experience-Manitoba Check out this link to learn more: http://www.wildharmony.ca/Seine_River.html The Plan: 10:00 am - meet at McDonald's, hand out lanyards, do introductions, finalize carpooling 10:30 am sharp! - carpool (please note this is a one way trip and cars will need to be parked at the launch and take out spots) 10:45 am - arrive at our destination, organize canoes and life jackets 5:00 pm - (approx.) shuttle drivers back to the launch site Mandatory items: • Weather-appropriate clothing (quick drying material is best) • Proper footwear (closed toe sandals, no flip flops or rubber boots) • A complete set of extra clothing including undergarments • Waterproof, "dry" bag or garbage bag lined backpack for extra clothing and personal items - we have a couple of extra to loan, please comment below if you'd like to borrow one Please Bring: • Your Experience Manitoba lanyard (if you do not have one, you will be given one at this meetup) • Wind breaker / raincoat • Plenty of water and a snack / lunch • Light paddling gloves for cooler weather (optional) • Hat / sunscreen / insect repellent / sunglasses (optional) • Camera (optional) • Swimsuit and towel (optional- depending on season) *Cell phones, wallets, etc. should be placed in your dry bag Please do not bring your dog to this meetup! We don't allow dogs on our canoe trips. Experience Manitoba Waiver: Please read our disclaimer and waiver of liability here: http://www.meetup.com/Experience-Manitoba-Group/pages/Disclaimer_and_Waiver_of_Liability/ By RSVPing “yes” for this event, you agree with and accept all statements in this disclaimer and waiver. By RSVPing “yes” for this event, 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 this event, 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.

Canoeing on the Seine with Wild Harmony Canoe Adventures- Part 2!

Join us as we continue to explore this gem of a river within our city. This route will be different than the first canoe trip. We will be starting at John Bruce Park and finishing at the confluence of the Seine and the Red Rivers. Previous canoeing experience is recommended. The beautiful Seine River could be considered Winnipeg's most intimate, scenic river, as it meanders from the South Perimeter Highway to the Red River. It is home to an abundance of wildlife. Its small size and many bends make it easy to surprise deer, beaver, geese, ducks, painted and snapping turtles, to name a few. Please note: Due to weather and water conditions and paddlers' experience, end time is only approximate. When you RSVP for this meetup, you need to pay $43 by PayPal, which includes: $3 meetup fee $0 carpool fee ( no carpool fees within 15 minutes of event) $40 activity fee ( includes canoe and life jacket rental, basic instructions and guided trip) *We will refund your PayPal account ONLY if we cancel an event. Otherwise, we do not give refunds. You can however, sell your spot. DO NOT CHANGE YOUR RSVP TO NO. Comment that you are selling your spot. Explanations on how to sell/buy spots, fees, refunds, carpooling: http://www.meetup.com/Experience-Manitoba-Group/about/ Check out this link to learn more: http://www.wildharmony.ca/Seine_River.html The Plan: 10:00 am - meet at McDonald's, hand out lanyards, do introductions, finalize car shuttle (please note this is a one way trip and cars will need to be parked at the launch and take out spots) 10:30 am sharp! - carpool to our take out and launch sites 10:45 am - arrive at our destination, organize canoes and life jackets 5:00 pm - (approx.) shuttle drivers back to the launch site Mandatory items: • Weather-appropriate clothing (quick drying material is best) • Proper footwear (closed toe sandals, no flip flops or rubber boots) • A complete set of extra clothing including undergarments • Waterproof, "dry" bag or garbage bag lined backpack for extra clothing and personal items - we have a couple of extra to loan, please comment below if you'd like to borrow one Please Bring: • Your Experience Manitoba lanyard (if you do not have one, you will be given one at this meetup) • Light wind breaker / raincoat • Plenty of water and a snack • Light paddling gloves for cooler weather (optional) • Hat / sunscreen / insect repellent / sunglasses (optional) • Camera (optional) • Swimsuit and towel (optional- depending on season) *Cell phones, wallets, etc. should be placed in your dry bag Experience Manitoba Waiver: Please read our disclaimer and waiver of liability here: http://www.meetup.com/Experience-Manitoba-Group/pages/Disclaimer_and_Waiver_of_Liability/ By RSVPing “yes” for this event, you agree with and accept all statements in this disclaimer and waiver. By RSVPing “yes” for this event, 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 this event, 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.

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