In the past 20 years, the formerly primary forested and open prairie area of Fort Whyte has experienced rapid residential and commercial growth.
The area has new subdivisions, including Whyte Ridge, Linden Woods and Linden Ridge, several industrial parks, and booming retail power centres along Bishop Grandin Boulevard and McGillivray Boulevard that include big box stores – including one of Canada’s largest IKEAs.
Within all this urban sprawl comes casual, family and fine dining restaurants, big, strip malls, factory outlets and a newly-renovated movie theatre that now serves alcohol. The main strip around Kenaston and McGillivray is a beehive of activity, while FortWhyte Alive offers an urban oasis, replete with lakes, woods, an urban farm, expansive hiking trails, along with North America’s largest herd of urban bison.
Location: The approximate boundaries are McCreary Road, Brady Road and the RM of Morris to the west, Waverley Street to the east, Cadboro Road to the south and Wilkes Avenue to the north. Located 8.8 km from downtown and 8.7 km from the airport.
How to get there: From the airport, turn onto Wellington Avenue and turn right onto King Edward Street (Route 90). Continue south on Route 90 (which becomes Kenaston) past Wilkes Avenue into Fort Whyte.
Where to eat
As is evident when you drive down Kenaston, the majority of the restaurants in FortWhyte are of the chain variety.
From the big Canadian players in casual fine dinning you have The Keg (which is always a wise choice if you are looking for a perfectly cooked piece of meat and attentive service) and Joey Restaurant, where the menu has a little something for everyone, including great burgers, yam fries and some Ocean Wise certified seafood dishes. Both spots feature attractive rooms, are great places to get a beer on tap and watch a game from the lounge, and are hugely popular with locals from the surrounding subdivisions. Much the same can be said about Moxie’s Classic Grill, which has a nice large patio and a menu that caters to all tastes.
Winnipeg chain Clay Oven has a location within Kenaston Commons (they have a downtown location in Shaw Park, along with an express location north of downtown) where flavourful, authentic East Indian cuisine is served in a casual, family-friendly environment. Of note is how so many of the ingredients are made in-house, from the yogurt, to the fresh paneer.
An interesting spot for a very relaxing experience is the Travel Mug Café. The menu features sandwiches from around the world, while the décor consists of primarily oversized couches.
With over 200 seats, including private rooms, traditional tatami seating and a patio, Asoyama Sushi is one of Winnipeg’s largest Japanese restaurants featuring a menu that ranges from traditional to fusion.
Arguably the patio with the best views in the city can be found at FortyWhyte Alive’s Buffalo Stone Café. Perches atop a small lake, you can watch a fleet of sailboats or canoes traverse the waters in summer, while come fall, it is the setting for migration dinners where you’ll see a host of migratory birds take to the air. The restaurant is run by award winning chef Kelly Cattani and features a seasonal, organic and sustainably produced menu studded with items that are grown right on FortWhyte’s farm.
Places to Shop
Much-anticipated Ikea opened its giant sliding doors in 2012. Shop here for all things home-related; bedroom suites, kitchen cabinets, wall art and window treatments…everything you need to keep up with the Jones.
Explore 70,000 square feet of outdoor paradise, indoors at Cabela’s brand new store, located next to Ikea. Looking for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear―find it here. Check out conservation mountain, an archery range, a gun library and bargain cave.
A mix of local and chain retailers are found at Kenaston Common SmartCentre. Costco and Rona anchor the shopping division that is also home to Golf Town, Petland, The Winehouse, Indigo and more. You’ll also find Nygard’s flagship store here. Located between Columbia Drive, Kenaston Boulevard and McGillivray Boulevard.
Located on the west side of Kenaston Boulevard, Kenaston Crossing includes Sobey’s, Starbucks, Manitoba Liquor Mart, Tiber River Naturals, and Boston Pizza, along with other shops and services.
Kenaston SmartPark is the largest of the area’s power centres. Familiar retailers here include Home Outfitters, La Senza, Roots Outlet Store, HomeSense, Jones Factory Outlet, Mexx, Safeway and Walmart. East side of Kenaston Boulevard to McGillivray Boulevard.
A cluster of local and chain shops and services are located at Linden Ridge Shopping Centre, including, The Brick and locally owned Gord’s Ski & Bike and Vita Health. East side of Kenaston Boulevard between McGillivray Boulevard and Kleyson Drive.
Throughout summer Crampton’s Market is one of the best spots in the city to get all you need for farm to table dinning. They stock an abundance of locally grown, organic produce, along with free-range meats and quality foods from local artisanal producers.
Things to See and Do
Kids, beg your parents to visit Great Big Adventure! With over 12,000 square feet of interior play space, a 3,000 square foot play structure and seven 20 foot slides, adventures await for the young and young at heart.
Escape rooms are a new type of game where you and a group must work together to solve clues and puzzles to escape a locked room. They are exhilarating, team-oriented, and are sweeping the nation right now. Enigma Escapes offers a number of different scenarios that combine clever puzzles with top-notch production values. You’ll really feel like you’re in 1930s South Africa, or in the future on a space ship, as you work together while the clock slowly ticks away.
VIP status isn’t just for the actors on screen anymore. Movie-goers at Cineplex Odeon McGillivray and VIP Cinemas can enjoy cushy seats, extra leg room, the ability to order food from their seats, and a stiff drink if the action is too much to handle. If you want to avoid the paparazzi, there are regular theatres are kid-friendly.
High flying fun has bouncy boys and girls squealing with delight at newly-opened Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park. Kids and adults alike are jumping for joy during open jump, SkyRobics fitness classes, 3D dodge ball and volleyball, and SkySlam basketball.
Whether pool shark or billiard beginner, Triple B’s Restaurant Bar & Billiards is a great gathering spot to meet for a little friendly competition. Sunday specials and unique bar food, including flavour dipped meatballs and perogies, are this billiard hall’s bank shots.
Take advantage of year-round outdoor activities at FortWhyte Alive where you can fish or canoe, snowshoe or go cross-country skiing. This 640-acre nature centre features a 70-acre bison viewing mound, more than seven kilometers of trails, floating marsh boardwalks, a family treehouse, bird-feeding stations, Manitoba’s largest indoor aquarium, a pioneer sod house and a tipi encampment.