First of all, I wish you all a Happy New Year! May this year be full of success and full of food! (Now, why do I always have to mention food?!?! I might have to think about that, one day…)

hungry animal

For the hungry animals in Fort Whyte Alive in Winnipeg, that question is much closer to home. In winter, they don’t have so much choice and possibilities to find enough food to fill their stomach. So let’s take a look at how they are doing now…

By now, everybody knows that Winnipeg can be a cold place to live in. I guess even many Americans by now understand that Mother Nature still has some cool tricks up her sleeve. Very cool indeed, freezing.


But how do you keep warm in Winnipeg? Easy enough to imagine warm clothing. But what about the houses and apartments? Well, over time, methods of heating have changed, but the result is still the same, come on in, and warm up a little…

Something that we haven’t been able to do all summer was walk along the river, here in Winnipeg. The water level was constantly too high to allow for anyone to walk near the river without getting his feet wet.


So here is the new take on it: wait until the river is frozen, then take the walk Smile. Wanna see what it looks like? Come on in!

Today was a good time to dive into the tropical history of Manitoba. When we woke up this morning, the thermometer still had to wake up. After shaking it for about five minutes, the thing came up with a temperature of 29C, below zero.


So we decided to see Manitoba in more interesting times. Climate wise, that is. Manitoba, 450 million years ago was situated around the equator and had a tropical climate. Now that’s more like it… Minus 29C? No way! Let’s take a look!

In the Assiniboine Park people have been known to tell strange stories. Some of them true, some not. A few days ago we tried to check up on one of those stories. The gate below is one of those mysteries. It seems this little pergola is a portal to warm climates and old times.


You imagine that this is again a story about snow and about how I like winter. Not exactly so. Stepping through this portal in the Assiniboine Park, the environment is totally changed to a tropical forest. You don’t believe me? Come on in! All of the following images have been taken mere minutes from each other.

9 days 2 hours

Thanks John 🙂

John Pelechaty
16 days 5 hours

---Again, a greaat blog Henk....

Henk Von Pickartz
2 months 24 days

Best of Luck in your new home Anton en Greet Dank je :-)

Anton Peereboom
2 months 25 days

Best of Luck in your new home Anton en Greet

Henk Von Pickartz
2 months 26 days

Best of luck in your new home! Thank you! :-)

2 months 26 days

Best of luck in your new home!

Hilma Sinkinson
3 months 24 days

I am in love with your images of the cold prairie winters. I lived in the middle south of Manitoba and want to get a licensed ...

Dan Topham
5 months 1 day

As always, I enjoy your photo bytes and this one is right up there. After using the flip screen on lay Canon 60D I have ofte ...

6 months 4 days

You mentioned swimming by one of your photos. I see no one swimming. Can we swim at Fort Whyte? They seem to have a dock o ...

Vernon Cole
6 months 11 days

I am looking to see if there are any pictures of the original house situated at Munson Park