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Bison Butte

Bison Butte viewed from the bottom
Local Rider Emily descends at Bison Butte.


Created for the 2017 Canada Summer Games from a hill of earth discarded from the construction of nearby big box stores & strip malls, Bison Butte has since become a standout trail destination in the central plains. Located within Winnipeg city limits on the property of FortWhyte Alive, the 6km hand & machine-built trail network offers anything from cross-country to downhill.

Planning started in 2015, led by Alex Man in collaboration with Scatliff + Miller + Murray, and construction was bolstered by Wayne Bishop of 2 Wheel Revolution and Sustainable Trails. The project came about just as the Manitoba Cycling Association was looking for a worthy venue for the Summer Games, and it was completed just in time for the event. The trail system has seen continued development since then and now includes a variety of rock gardens, berms, jumps, drops, and even a skills area & pump track.

Those visiting or living in Winnipeg can ride to the ‘Butte on the bike paths leading to it or park in one of the nearby parking lots and ride in from there. The trails are mainly accessible in late Spring, Summer, and Autumn. Winter snow drifts cause accessibility issues, and the early Spring melt leaves the ground too soft to ride. The course is well-signed, with maps at the entry points and challenge ratings for all features and trails. Any mountain bike is suitable for many of the trails here, but it is recommended that riders choose trails to suit one’s own ability and comfort level.



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