Tipi Sleepovers at Wanuskewin

“pe kapaysik miykowapi” (Come and Spend the Night)

 

**TIPI SLEEPOVERS ARE CLOSED FOR THE SEASON**

Tipi sleepovers will reopen for bookings next spring for the 2023 season.

 

We have two options for Tipi Sleepovers available:

 

OPTION ONE:  Regular Tipi Sleepovers

    • minimum 15 ppl (or cost of)
    • bring your own supplies
    • programming and breakfast included

 

OPTION TWO:  Deluxe Tipi Sleepovers!

    • minimum 6 ppl (or cost of)
    • maximum of 12 ppl
    • cots, sleeping bags and pillows all supplied for you!
    • supper and snacks included
    • additional programming and breakfast

 

 

Tipi Sleepover Information:

 

OPTION ONE:
This program requires a minimum of 15 people, or minimum charge if your group is smaller than 15.
You will have access to the tipis, and need to bring in your own bed rolls and supplies for staying the night.
Our Tipi Village can accommodate up to 4 tipis set up, with each tipi sleeping up to 10-12 ppl on the wooden platform. (If you are a larger group, please e-mail to see options!)

Sample Itinerary OPTION ONE
(PLEASE NOTE, we can be flexible with timing based on your booking requirements):

5:30 p.m. – Arrival at Wanuskewin:
Meet-and-greet with Wanuskewin host
Set up camp outside
6:30 p.m. – Choice of educational program
7:45 p.m. – Choice of educational program
9:00 p.m. –  Bannock-on-a-stick at campfire with Hot Chocolate  – Discussion on traditional Plains life at Wanuskewin (PENDING FIRE BAN)
10:00 p.m. –  Self-Guided free time at tipi village

Morning Schedule
8:00 a.m. –  Rise and Shine – clean up Tipi Village area (all equipment needs to be out of tipi village before 9 a.m.)
8:30 a.m. –  Breakfast (included in booking)
9:00 a.m. –  Conclusion of Sleepover with the option to stay onsite and do self-guided touring or make arrangements in advance for extra programming (additional cost, and pending availability)

 

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OPTION TWO:

(contact tours@wanuskewin.com for more information and to book)

Wanuskewin Deluxe Tipi Sleepover

Everything that you will need for a deluxe tipi sleepover experience will be provided for you: meals, snacks, all bedding, cots, pillows, and programming.

Your curated experience includes interpreted in depth exploration of the bison herd at Wanuskewin along with their history, as well as discussion of why the reintroduction of this keystone species is so important to life on the prairies.

Sample Itinerary OPTION TWO
(PLEASE NOTE, we can be flexible with timing based on your booking requirements):

5:00 p.m. – Arrival at Wanuskewin – orientation to site
5:30 p.m. – Dinner at the Tipi Village (Bison Stew, Peach Muskeg Iced Tea)
6:30 p.m. – In-Depth Bison Tour (wâhkôhtowin – Bison Kinship)
8:00 p.m. – Tipi Teachings (indoors)
9:00 p.m. – Bannock-on-a-stick at campfire with Hot Chocolate or Muskeg Tea (PENDING FIRE BAN)
10:00 p.m. – Self-Guided free time at tipi village

Morning Schedule
8:00 a.m. – Rise and Shine – clean up Tipi Village area (all personal items need to be out of tipi village before 9 a.m.)
8:30 a.m. – Breakfast (included in booking)
9:00 a.m. – Conclusion of Sleepover with the option to stay onsite and do self-guided touring or make arrangements in advance for extra programming (additional cost, and pending availability)

 

 

REMINDER:  Due to the nature of the site being an Indigenous ceremonial and gathering place, we have a no alcohol or drugs policy on site at Wanuskewin Heritage Park at all times.

 

Tipi Sleepover Tour Booking Form – Bookings will reopen in Spring 2023

Over six thousand years ago, Wanuskewin echoed with the thundering hooves of bison and the voices of Indigenous peoples from across the Northern Plains. Today, visitors can relive the stories of a people who came to this site of natural beauty to hunt bison, gather food and medicines, and escape the winter winds, and learn about how the site is still used today.

Wanuskewin is pleased to offer our visitors overnight accommodation in a Traditional Tipi in the Opimihaw Valley.

Walking in their footsteps, you will understand why this site has always been a place of celebration, of renewal with the natural world, and of a deep spirituality, and still is today.

 

Tipi Sleepover Tour Booking Form – Bookings will reopen in Spring 2023

 

Sample Programs Available

Native Plant Walk

This trail walk introduces participants to the plants used in many ways by Plains Indigenous peoples. From bug repellent to basket making, the Opimihaw Valley has it all!

Tipi Teachings Program

Enjoy one of Wanuskewin’s most popular programs! Gain insight into traditional teachings with this hands-on program discussing the practical purpose of each tipi pole, and connections to each stage of life. Come and try it yourself!

Traditional Games

Traditional games provided the teachings and skill development required for survival on the Northern Plains. The traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle was incredibly demanding and required superb levels of physical fitness. Come learn how games played an important role in educating the young by developing physical skills and encouraging social development.

View ALL program options here 

What to Bring

  • sleeping bag appropriate for the weather, pillow, and other bedding (bedroll)
  • foam or small mat to sleep on (wooden floors in tipi)
  • personal effects (toothbrush, deodorant, etc. – UNSCENTED – please note we have NO shower facilities)
  • appropriate clothing and footwear for weather conditions, and extra layers!
  • bug spray
  • flashlight

Booking your Tipi Sleepover

Each Tipi Sleepover includes the choice of 2 guided programs, campfire bannock bake with hot chocolate, as well as a hot breakfast in the morning. Please review the “Tours” tab for further information on our programming. If there is something specific you are interested in for programming that is not listed, please let us know and we will try to accommodate the request.

15 participant minimum or payment thereof for Regular Tipi Sleepover

6 participant minimum or payment thereof for Deluxe Tipi Sleepover

 

Please book your tipi sleepover at least three weeks in advance. Limited dates available. Additional programs and customized menus available at an added cost.

For additional questions or information, please e-mail tours@wanuskewin.com

 

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