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Winnipeg Solar Energy Company Nominated for National Award

Winnipeg Solar Energy Company Nominated for National Award

FortWhyte Alive - Solar Panels
The Winnipeg company responsible for installing new solar panels at FortWhyte Alive is up for a national award. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

A Winnipeg company specializing in solar energy is competing for a national award for their recent efforts at FortWhyte Alive.

Sycamore Energy is nominated for solar developer of the year at the Canadian Solar Industries Game Changer Awards.

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WATCH: Largest Solar Installation in Winnipeg Opens at FortWhyte Alive

WATCH: Largest Solar Installation in Winnipeg Opens at FortWhyte Alive

FortWhyte Alive - Solar Panels
New solar panels at FortWhyte Alive are now in operation. (CHRISD.CA)

A new 60-kilowatt solar project has opened at FortWhyte Alive, making it the largest solar-powered installation in Winnipeg.

The installation will generate enough carbon-free solar power to make up 50 percent of the electricity consumed at FortWhyte Farms.

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FortWhyte Alive Home to New Mountain Bike Course

FortWhyte Alive Home to New Mountain Bike Course

Bison Butte Mountain Bike Course
The Bison Butte Mountain Bike Course at FortWhyte Alive will host events at the 2017 Canada Summer Games. (@KALENQUALLY / TWITTER)

WINNIPEG — A new mountain bike venue at FortWhyte Alive will leave a legacy following the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

The Bison Butte Mountain Bike Course is the first mountain bike venue to meet national standards in central Canada.

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Songwriter Retreat a Chance for Musicians to Collaborate

Songwriter Retreat a Chance for Musicians to Collaborate

By Tyler Sutherland

Val Halla
Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Val Halla (HANDOUT)

Nine songwriters from across the prairies will come together for a retreat at FortWhyte Alive later this winter.

The Prairie Winter Songwriter Retreat is being put on jointly by Manitoba Music, Sask Music and Alberta Music. Musicians from all three provinces will gather to strengthen their songwriting through collaboration.

The four-day session runs from February 28 to March 2 at the secluded lakeside field station.

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Paddlefest to Kickoff Watersport Season

Paddlefest to Kickoff Watersport Season

MEC Paddlefest

Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) is hosting 12 MEC Paddlefest events across Canada in the coming weeks and Winnipeg is on the list.

Paddlefest will take place June 7 at FortWhyte Alive. The free event is a kickoff to the summer watersport season, bringing together professional paddlers, manufacturers, clubs, and members of the public for a fun day of activities.

“Manitoba has countless rivers and lakes to be explored by paddle, and MEC wants to help both beginners and long-time enthusiasts find the perfect water adventure by providing the best information and products,” said Jamie Hilland, coordinator for MEC Paddlefest.

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UWinnipeg to Launch Balloon to Capture Data, Images

A team from the University of Winnipeg plans to launch a high-altitude balloon mounted with a camera and sensors from FortWhyte Alive.

Called the UW Cloud Punchers, the team will have liftoff later this month if all goes according to plan. The idea is to record atmospheric data as part of an international initiative.

Six students with the University of Winnipeg Geography and Environmental Students Association, along with three faculty members, are participating in the Canada-Wide Experiment (CWE) called the High Altitude Balloon Experiment (HABEX) with all of the teams launching balloons the third week of April.

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Musicians Retreat to FortWhyte for Songwriters’ Workshop

Musicians Retreat to FortWhyte for Songwriters’ Workshop

Quinton Blair
Manitoba singer-songwriter Quinton Blair (HANDOUT)

Nine emerging Manitoba musicians will escape to the peacefulness of FortWhyte Alive during an upcoming retreat March 29-31.

The Manitoba Music Winter Songwriter Retreat will bring songwriters together through a collaboration at a secluded lakeside field station and unique cabins on the property on Winnipeg’s outskirts.

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Manitoba Students Explore Arctic Science Day at FortWhyte

Manitoba Students Explore Arctic Science Day at FortWhyte

Arctic Researchers
Researchers with the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Earth Observation Science. (UMANITOBA.CA)

WINNIPEG — FortWhyte Alive is hosting students and educators from across Manitoba today for 2015 Arctic Science Day.

The day-long event is a partnership between FortWhyte and the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Earth Observation Science and Schools on Board-ArcticNet.

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Hearty ‘Peggers Make Most of -40 Weekend Weather

Hearty ‘Peggers Make Most of -40 Weekend Weather

Ice Bike
The 15th annual Ice Bike ride across the Red River on Saturday, February 21, 2015. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)
2015 Hypothermic 1/2 Marathon
The 2015 Hypothermic 1/2 Marathon on Sunday, February 22, 2015. (KELLY MORTON / RUNNINGROOM.CA)

A skin-biting wind chill didn’t stop hundreds of Winnipeggers from enjoying the great outdoors over the weekend.

Sure, your exposed skin may have froze in minutes, but what’s to keep you from having a good time and being active? Surely not a little cold.

Saturday saw about 150 participants ride the 15th annual Ice Bike event at The Forks. Sponsored by Woodcock Cycle, riders made their way through snow-covered terrain in support of the Manitoba Lung Association. Riders came dressed for the elements, but some did experience gear-shifting issues.

On Sunday, 575 brave souls laced up for The Running Room’s 2015 Hypothermic 1/2 Marathon at FortWhyte Alive. The wind chill felt like -43 at the time.

View the photo gallery from both events below.