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Parks and Open Space

Welcome to Living Prairie Museum

The Living Prairie Museum is a 12 hectare (30 acre) tall grass prairie preserve located inside the City of Winnipeg. Set aside in 1968, this preserve is home ot over 160 species of prairie plants and a great array of prairie wildlife. Prior to European settlement, tall grass prairie covered one million square kilometres in central North America, stretching from Texas to southern Manitoba. Today, tall grass prairie is all but gone. In Manitoba only 1/20th of 1% of the original tall grass prairie remains. The Living Prairie Museum is one of the few remaining fragments of this once vast ecosystem.

The goal of Living Prairie Museum is to provide awareness and conservation of natural areas, specifically tall grass prairie, through environmental education. Download a copy of our Environmental Education Brochure.

Attention to Pet Owners
A reminder this is an On-Leash Park, please remember to clean up after your pets.

Living Prairie Museum News

Snowshoe Sundays

Join us for free family snowshoeing! * No experience required, and we provide the snowshoes.

Our first event will take place Sunday, January 7th, then continue on the first and last Sunday of the month from January to February, weather permitting, 10AM to 4PM.

Snowshoes are lent out on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to wear winter boots!

Questions? Call 204-832-0167

* Due to a limited number of snowshoes, we cannot accommodate daycares, school groups etc. Please call us to book a snowshoe program!

Winter Speaker Series

Our Friends of the Living Prairie Museum Winter Speaker Series will begin on January 16th, 2018. The series takes place every other Tuesday, 7:00 - 8:30PM. Space is limited so please call in advance to reserve your seat. Reservations are accepted two weeks prior to the talk. Friends of the Living Prairie Museum members may register for any date after Jan 2nd.

Feb. 27
Session Full
Canadian Prairie Soils - Manitoba - Bob Eilers - Hydropedolgist
Soils, the "skin" of the Earth, are perhaps the most sensitive and fragile of our mineral resources at the interface of rocks and atmosphere. We know that soils are not all the same. So how did our soils originate and develop to become a rich and productive environment for wildlife, forests and agriculture? Bob will talk about some of the major factors and processes that produced our prairie soils. He will also talk about the "health" of our soils - some of the processes that are degrading the quantity, quality and productivity of our prairie soils, and the land use changes that have impacted our soil landscapes. To finish, he will answer the question, "So, how are we doing now?"
Mar. 13What you need to know about Emerald Ash Borer. - Martha Barwinsky - City Forester
Since the 2002 discovery of emerald ash borer (EAB) in North America, millions of hectares of ash trees have been decimated in the United States, Ontario, and Quebec. As EAB continues to move closer to Manitoba, it poses a significant threat to Winnipeg's urban forest and will result in a significant change to our urban forest cover. Winnipeg is home to over 350,000 ash trees and over 30% of the city's public urban canopy is comprised of ash. Learn what you need to know about EAB, how the City of Winnipeg is preparing for EAB, and what can be done to slow the mortality of the city's ash population.

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Admission is free
Living Prairie Museum

The Living Prairie Museum Interpretive Centre opens for the season with the blooming of the Prairie Crocus, Manitoba's provincial flower. During Crocus Day, usually the latter weekends in April (weather permitting), special programs and guided hikes are available to celebrate spring's arrival. The Interpretive Centre has displays on prairie history and ecology and a second story observation deck that offers a great view of the prairie. Books and wildflower seeds are available for purchase through our Prairie Bookstore.

Print your self a self guided trail brochure & explore.

May to June - open Sundays only from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

July - August - open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Interpretive Centre is located at:

2795 Ness Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3J 3S4
Phone: 204-832-0167
Fax: 311

Everyone is welcome to visit the prairie year-round from dawn until dusk whether or not the Museum Interpretive Centre is open. Self-guiding trail booklets are available at the front entrance to the Interpretive Centre.

For more information regarding history, videos, and herbarium, please visit

To become a Friend of the Living Prairie Museum, please visit

For a walk through the prairie past, including historical photography, please visit

Last update: February 20, 2018
Contact the Public Works Department
General Office Hours
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday to Friday
1155 Pacific Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 3P1

Phone, Fax, Email: 311