Assiniboine Zoo: February is Northern Explorer Month

One fee and the month is FREE! Starting February 1, visitors can pay one regular admission fee and return to the Zoo for FREE as often as they want during the month of February. We have also planned a variety of family-friendly event and activities for visitors to enjoy all month long!

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Festival du Voyageur Day at the Zoo | Saturday February 4 | 10 am – 2 pm.  All activities take place in the NEW Winter Adventureland outdoor play area.
•  Bring your camera and pose for a photo with official Voyageurs and Leo, the Festival du Voyageur mascot (12 pm – 2 pm).
•  Participate in Voyageur Games and enjoy a sweet Festival du Voyageur treat at the maple taffy station.
•  Collect a coupon for 10% off regular priced admission to Festival du Voyageur.

Louis Riel Day at the Zoo | Monday, February 20.   Meet players from the Manitoba Moose hockey team when they make a special appearance at the Zoo. Full details will be released closer to the date.

International Polar Bear Day Celebrations | Saturday, February 25 & Sunday, February 26:
•  Breakfast with the Bears – enjoy breakfast at the Tundra Grill located overlooking the Zoo’s largest polar bear habitat (Saturday & Sunday at 10 am) $
•  Conservation and Zoo Bear Trek – join one of our Educators as they share the stories about our bears as well as conservation strategies. These FREE 45 minute tours begin at the Gateway to the Arctic building and go through parts of Journey to Churchill. (Saturday & Sunday 11 am & 1 pm)
•  Check out bio-fact tables and an interactive art installation by Kal Barteski at the Gateway to the Arctic building.

For more details regarding  Northern Explorer Month and other zoo events, visit



Manitoba Waives entry fee for provincial parks in February

Assiniboine Park.      Photo by Von Louie Cruz

Feel free to head to any of Manitoba’s provincial parks anytime in February, the provincial government is offering free entry to parks for the entire month.


“Winter is a wondrous time to visit our provincial parks,” Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox said.

“Our parks offer countless opportunities to take part in winter activities or to simply enjoy the splendor of nature in a beautiful snowy setting. We encourage everyone to take a moment this winter to get outside and enjoy a walk in the park or blaze a trail with skis or snowshoes.”

Vehicle permits are not required in any provincial park, but SnoPasses are still required for snowmobiles using groomed trails in the parks

There are groomed trails in 12 provincial parks across the province for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and hiking. Spruce Woods and Turtle Mountain provincial parks also offer outdoor skating areas, hockey rinks and toboggan hills while fat biking is welcome at Birds Hill Provincial Park on the Oak Ridge Mountain Bike Trail.

Source: Winnipeg Sun: Manitoba offers free February park entry, retrieved February 1, 2017.

Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Centres in Winnipeg

In Winnipeg, there are also Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Centres that provide settlement information and orientation to newcomers, connect newcomers with programs and services, host special events for newcomers to meet their neighbours and promote public awareness about Immigrant issues.  These centres offer mentoship programs  that support, and offer orientation and guidance to all newcomers.

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Here  are the locations of  neighbourhood program centres that you can visit:

Elmwood  – Elmwood Community Resource Centre
Contact No.: 204-982-1720 ext 205
Address: 200 Levis Street, Winnipeg MB R2L 2C2

Inkster – NorWest Co-op Community Health
Contact No.: 204-793-3120
Address: 785 Keewatin Street, Winnipeg MB  R2X 3B9

St. James – Assiniboia – Jameswood Community School
Contact No.: 204-831-7405
Address: 1 Braintree Crescent, Winnipeg MB  R3J 1C7

West Central – West Central Women’s Resource Centre
Contact No.: 204-774-8975 ext 225 or ext 219
Address:  640 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg MB  R3G 0A7

Fort Garry/Fort Richmond – Dalhousie School
Contact No.: 204-261-0163
Address: 262 Dalhousie Drive, Winnipeg MB  R3T 2Z1

River East/ Transcona – Bernie Wolfe Community School
Contact No.: 204-669-9412 ext 2968
Address: 95 Bournais Drive  R2C 3Z2

St. Vital – Rene Delurme Centre
Contact No.: 204-253-7944 ext 417; 204-292-8229
Address:  511 St. Anne’s Road, Winnipeg MB  R2M 3E5

Fort Rouge/River Heights/ Tuxedo – Tuxedo Family Resource Centre
Contact No.:  204-489-9141, 204-771-7475
Address: #1-225 Doncaster Street, Winnipeg MB  R3N 1X7

William Whyte – William Whyte Residents Association
Address: 295 Pritchard Avenue, Winnipeg MB  R2W 2J2


Peggo: Winnipeg Transit’s Electronic Fare Card

The new electronic fare system of Winnipeg Transit’s is now available to all bus riders. The electronic reloadable microchip-enabled fare cards, called Peggo cards were adopted by Winnipeg Transit buses and was introduced in phases – Winnipeg senior riders started using the cards on July 4, while full-fare riders and youth riders started to use them on August 8.

winnipeg-transit-peggo-cardsToronto, Ottawa, Vancouver and Minneapolis have all adopted electronic payment systems for public transit, however, transit director Dave Wardrop said that Winnipeg’s system is more advanced, based on the way it functions.

Peggo card is easy to use, when the card is tap against a farebox smart card reader, a single fare is deducted from stored value on the card.

A Peggo card, which may last up to 4 years, can be purchased in person at all 7-Eleven stores and all Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Winnipeg , it can also be bought online or by calling 311. Cards purchased online will be mailed, at no cost, within 14 days.

A peggo card can be purchased for $5. A minimum of $5 e-cash or any e-pass must be purchased with the card in order to validate your peggo card. For a limited time, after you register your peggo card and use your card for two separate trips on two different days the $5 you paid for the card will be refunded to your card as e-cash within 48 hours.  After the launch period the $5 cost for a peggo card will not be refunded.

There are 2 types of fares that can be loaded into Peggo card:

  1. e-passes – replace paper passes and are valid for an unlimited number of trips during a set number of consecutive days. Card can be loaded with e-passes good for 24 hours, three or five days and one to four weeks, as well as on a monthly or annual basis.
  1. e-cash – replaces paper tickets, the card can be loaded with cash in increments of $5, $10, $15, $20, $30 and $50, up to a maximum of $200. When paying using e-cash, a 75-minute transfer is automatically loaded on each electronic fare, eliminating the need for paper transfers.

Fares loaded online or by phone can take up to 48 hours before the fares become active in the card, to load the fares and use the Peggo card right away, it has to be loaded in person through the retail sales agent.

During the Peggo card launch, the existing paper-based bus passes and tickets can still be used, a public service announcement will be released regarding the discontinuation of the sale of paper-based bus tickets and passes. Cash fares will still be accepted, however, it will be the most expensive fare option.

For easy identification, Peggo cards will come in 2 colors. The green card will be available for passengers paying a reduced fare, such as seniors and youths while a white card is for all full fare paying passengers.

For more details regarding peggo, visit About peggo website.