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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

Wool Spinning Demonstration

Wednesday, June 19th, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. - We're celebrating our sheep grazing project at Living Prairie Museum! See how wool is spun into yarn using a spinning wheel, including a demonstration of hand carding. This demonstration will be led by Dorothy Braun, hobby spinning enthusiast of Willow Creek Farm.

Space is limited, so please call the museum to reserve your seat. Admission by donation.

Unique pilot project arrives at Living Prairie Museum

A flock of hungry sheep are calling our prairie their temporary home.

A pilot program aimed at testing the feasibility of grazing sheep as a means of vegetation management began today, June 10.

There have been a number of studies showing that grazers can have a positive effect when maintaining natural areas and can be an effective tool for weed control. We are very excited to join the list of Canadian cities, such as Edmonton and Calgary, who are looking to such innovative ways of managing vegetation in naturalized park spaces.

The program, delivered in partnership with Millar Safety & Environmental Services, Prairie Habitats Inc. and a long-time Manitoba sheep farmer, will be on the ground for approximately two weeks.

The grazing will be conducted according to the Canadian National Farm Animal Care Council Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep, which guides management and welfare practices for housing, care, transportation and aspects of other animal husbandry.

The sheep will spend their weekdays within a temporary, moveable fenced enclosure. They will return to their farm for the weekend.

While visitors to the museum are welcome to view grazing activities, the museum will not allow the public to pet, feed, or directly interact with the sheep to ensure both the animals' and public safety. All visitors are asked to use the designated trails, and are reminded that all dogs must be on-leash.

Prairie Plant Sales

Ready to create some habitat at home? Prairie Flora will be on-site to offer seedlings for sale. Select from a variety of native wildflowers and grasses to create your piece of prairie heritage. Great for pollinators and birds! See for available species and pre-order information.

Friday, May 17th3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 18th10:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 19th10:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 26th10:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 23rd10:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Monarch Butterfly Festival

Join us for our 13th annual Monarch Butterfly Festival! This free, family event takes place on Sunday, July 21st, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., rain or shine. Enjoy presentations by local scientists, crafts, guided hikes, face painting, exhibits, live butterflies, and more! Volunteers are needed - please contact if you would like to volunteer.

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. 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.

September - open Sundays only 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: June 17, 2019
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