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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, Karen. Chreyl, 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 a week 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 a week 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.

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. 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)
Now let’s get experiencing Manitoba!

See you soon…

Sandy, Helen, Karen, Patti and Jeannie x

Upcoming events (4)

Experience Manitoba's 10th birthday party, virtually celebrated - BYOB!🍾

Happy 10th birthday Experience Manitoba! Above is our cake from our first birthday with some of the places we had been in the first year and a hint of our original lanyards. We are celebrating a milestone birthday this year - so it's an even bigger reason to celebrate! Our birthday party will be a bit different this year, but it will not be cancelled. We have guest appearances from some of our partners, games, a quiz and as per usual we will have a lot of laughs! Online through FaceBook Rooms - you do NOT need a Facebook account to attend, just click the link below to join: https://msngr.com/w4Pj8baUe6TYydPY When you RSVP for this meet up, you need to pay $0.00 by PayPal. THE PLAN: 6:10 pm - Click the link to join the event 6:15 pm - Sandy Hudson, Founder, Organizer, Event Host - History & Agenda - Intros: year you joined and your favourite event so far, welcome to new members 6:30 pm- Karen Cements, Event Host - Experience Manitoba Pop Quiz. You will need to prepare an A, B and C to play on a piece of paper or create the letters with what you have (see pics of my demo below) 6:45 pm- Sandy Hudson - Memorable moments. Members share a quick story from the past 10 years - can be funny, a supportive moment, an achievement, a bucket list activity or a memorable event... 6.55 pm - Quick 5 minute break 7:00 pm - Lesley Gaudry, Nature's Edge Tourism - Five minute “How to” 7:05 pm - Patti Berube, Event Host - Photography Competition. Entrants add one MB photograph to this event page - listing the name of your chosen category: "MB Wildlife", "MB People" or "MB Nature". Members can review entries on this page before voting at the event. 7:25 pm - Louise May, Aurora Farm, 5 minute “How to” 7:30pm - Helen Simard, Event Host, Finance - Minute to win it games and a scavenger hunt. Will add what to bring when games are finalised. 7:45pm - Jenny Dupas, Eastman Tourism/Moongate Guest House, 5 minute “How to” 7:50 pm Sandy Hudson - Prizes, announcements and closing 8:00 pm - Event ends Please bring: • Your Experience Manitoba lanyard (if you do not have one, you will be given one at your next meetup) • Wear whatever you want... but please wear something • BYOB and snacks • Props for the minute to win it games • A large A, B and C - see photos below... for the quiz • Your memorable moment, if you have one 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 - Raiders of the Pinawa Dam Ruins!

Tim Hortons

CA$43.00

(Note: This trip is on a Sunday.) Well, we are not going to raid the ruins, but we can canoe through the hauntingly beautiful Old Pinawa Dam ruins and take home some amazing pictures. Wild Harmony Canoe Adventures will lead us on a scenic canoe trip from Lee River to the Old Pinawa Dam. We will paddle amongst the abandoned ruins and see it from a different perspective. We will then hike around the many picturesque falls and rapids in the park. Truly a photographer's dream! We need to do a short car shuttle to the launch site; please bring a face mask. NO NOVICE PADDLERS. Paddlers need to be swimmers, have working knowledge of a draw stroke, and skills in launching and docking. PLEASE NO CARPOOLING When you RSVP for this meetup, you need to pay $43 by PayPal, which includes: $3 meetup fee $40 activity fee (includes canoe,paddle and life jacket rental, basic instruction 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:/ww.meetup.com/Experience-Manitoba-Group/about/ THE PLAN 8:45 am - Meet at Tim Horton's, Beaverhill Blvd. 9:00 am - Sharp! Leave Tim's - we are not allowing car pooling 10:30 am - Meet Adrian, our outfitter & guide, on highway 520 where it intersects with the entrance to the Old Pinawa Dam Provincial Park. 5:00 pm (approx.) - Finish the canoe trip 8:00 pm (approx.) - Arrive back in Winnipeg MANDATORY ITEMS TO BRING: Weather-appropriate clothing (quick drying is best) and rain gear Closed toe sandals or runners - no flip flops or rubber boots A complete set of dry clothes Waterproof, "dry" bag or garbage bag lined backpack for dry clothes, cell phones, wallets, etc. (let us know if you do not have one) Water and lunch Hand sanitizer & face mask Your Experience Manitoba lanyard (if you do not have one, you will be given one at this meetup) Optional: Light paddling gloves /Hat /sunscreen /insect repellent / sunglasses COVID-19 PRACTICES Individuals with cold or flu-like symptoms, such as a cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, weakness or headache to not join events or to cancel with the event host. Please adhere to provincial guidelines about self-isolating following travel outside the province. Experience Manitoba supports and reinforces government guidelines for 6 -foot physical distancing during events. It's easy to forgot so we ask members to please help us maintain physical distancing during the trip. In order to maintain physical distancing, we do not encourage or facilitate carpooling for events. 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.

Hike Cabin Lake and The Alf Hole Goose Sanctuary, Whitshell trails!

Join us for a couple of scenic hikes in the Whiteshell. We will have our lunch at the end of Cabin Lake trail and then go to the Goose Sanctuary afterwards for another short hike. Cabin Lake, a 4.6 km trail may be found wet at the beaver dam crossing a short distance from the trail head. Interpretive signs here describe beaver ecology. The lake offers scenic shorelines and a new red bridge, before the backcountry campsite. Alf Hole Goose Sanctuary, a 2.5 km trail takes off from the Visitor Centre and circles around the south side of the Sanctuary pond. The peaceful setting is accentuated by the opportunity to see Great Canada Geese in their natural habitat. An especially rewarding hike in spring and fall. No dogs allowed. When you RSVP for this meetup, you need to pay $3 by PayPal, which includes: $3 meetup fee $0 activity fee *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/ THE PLAN 9:00 am - Meet outside Tim Horton's, Beaverhill Bvld. 9:15 am - Sharp! Leave Tim's - we are not allowing car pooling. 11:00 am - Meet at the Cabin Lake trail-head, do introductions, hand out lanyards, hike, have lunch, drive 20 mins to Goose Sanctuary and hike the trails there. 3:00 pm (approx.) - Event ends 5:00 pm (approx.) - Arrive back in Winnipeg PLEASE BRING: Weather-appropriate clothing (quick drying is best) and rain gear Supportive hiking shoes/boots Provincial Park Pass Water and lunch Your Experience Manitoba lanyard (if you do not have one, you will be given one at this meetup) COVID-19 PRACTICES Individuals with cold or flu-like symptoms, such as a cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, weakness or headache to not join events or to cancel with the event host. Please adhere to provincial guidelines about self-isolating following travel outside the province. Experience Manitoba supports and reinforces government guidelines for 6 -foot physical distancing during events. It's easy to forgot so we ask members to please help us maintain physical distancing during the trip. In order to maintain physical distancing, we do not encourage or facilitate carpooling for events. 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.

Goose migration spectacular at Fort Whyte Alive!

Fort Whyte Interpretive Centre

CA$3.00

Take some time out on a crisp autumn evening to witness and experience the magic of fall migration from a new vantage point at FortWhyte Alive. Watch as the sun slowly disappears below the horizon and geese begin landing at sunset in a stunning display. *Just 5 spots - If this event fills I will do another... When you RSVP for this meetup, you need to pay $3.00 by PayPal, which includes: $3 meetup fee $0 carpool fee $0 Activity fee (entrance is $5 this year or free to members- pre registration and payment by you is required to rsvp) *Go to https://store.fortwhyte.org/SelectEvent.aspx?eventid=1002973 to register. ****We will only refund your payment in the event that we cancel due to extreme weather or other safety concerns. We do not give refunds. Over 10,000 geese stage at Fort Whyte Alive between sunset and sunrise, between mid-September and mid-October. Witness the event first-hand and imagine you are on the set of a David Attenborough wildlife show! Wrap up warm as you watch first the gulls, then the geese come in to settle on the lake. The staging starts around 15 minutes after sunset. Sandy was a Fort Whyte Goose Flight Interpreter for 7 years, so she loves to take our group to enjoy this event every year! New this year: For our safety the Sunset Gooseflight evenings will look different this year - with our ticket in hand we will choose a cozy area on Carbon Bluff for our party from the selection of first-come first-served physically-distanced outdoor spots. No need to bring your own chairs, but you may want to bring a blanket and ensure that you dress for the weather! Learn about the migration from the roving information volunteers and a number of information stations. Limited tickets will be sold for each evening show. Concessions available for your snacking pleasure! The Plan: 6:00 pm - meet at Fort Whyte entrance, do introductions, give out lanyards 6:15 pm - visit the concession stand and find our seats to watch the spectacle as the sun sets on the horizon 6.49 pm sunset 7:45 pm - (approx) event ends Please Bring: • Your Experience Manitoba! lanyard & name tag (if you don't have one yet, you'll get yours at this meetup) • Warm layers of clothing and a toque, mitts, and scarf • Blanket to put around you Optional: • Money for hotdog/brownies/coffee/hot chocolate/popcorn/wine at the concession stand • Binoculars • Your camera - do NOT use the flash as it spooks the geese! • Sorry no dogs allowed in this nature reserve Experience Manitoba Policies: If 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

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Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre

CA$25.40

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