Tipi Sleepovers

“Pe kapaysik Miykowapi” (Come and Spend the Night)

This program requires a minimum of 15 people, or minimum charge of $690.00 if a smaller group.
Our Tipi Village can accommodate up to 4 tipis set up, with each tipi sleeping up to 10-12 ppl. (If you are a larger group, please e-mail to see options!)

 

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 BOOKING REQUEST FORM*

 

For more than 6,000 years, the Northern Plains gathered on this site of natural beauty where today visitors can relive stories of a people who came here to hunt bison, gather food and herbs, and escape the winter winds.

Wanuskewin is pleased to offer our visitors overnight accommodation in a Traditional Tipi in the Opimihaw Valley from May – October. Sit around the fire while cooking bannock, and learn about Indigenous traditional living.

Walking in their footsteps, you will understand why this site was a place of celebration, of renewal with the natural world, and of a deep spirituality. You will begin to learn about the history of a prairie place where Indigenous peoples met newcomers to the continent in a spirit of sharing and hospitality.

Sample Programs Available

Medicine Walk

Imagine having all the medicine you need just outside your tipi door. This trail walk introduces participants to the medicine of First Nations people. From medication that gave relief to the common cold to bug repellent, Wanuskewin’s Opimihaw valley has it all.

Tipi Raising Program

Enjoy one of Wanuskewin’s most popular programs! Learn how First Nations people used to set up their homes. Learn about the values that were associated with each part of the tipi, values that were passed down to the children as they helped set the tipi up. 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 cultivating physical skills and encouraging social development.

Sample Itinerary:

5:30 PM Arrival at Wanuskewin:
Meet-and-greet with Wanuskewin host
Set up camp outside
6:30 PM Choice of educational program
7:45 PM Choice of educational program
9:00 PM Bannock-on-a-stick at campfire – Discussion on traditional plains life at Wanuskewin
10:00 PM Self-Guided free time at tipi village

Morning Schedule
8:00 AM Rise and Shine – clean up Tipi Village area (all equipment needs to be out of tipi village before 9 a.m.)
8:30 AM Breakfast (in Restaurant)
9:00 AM 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)

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
  • bug spray
  • flashlight

Booking your Tipi Sleepover

Each Tipi Sleepover includes the choice of 2 guided programs, campfire bannock bake with hot chocolate or muskeg tea, as well as 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. $46.00/person, $25.00/chaperone. If your group is smaller than 15 ppl, there is a minimum charge of $690.00

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

To book your tipi sleepover,  fill in the *TIPI SLEEPOVER BOOKING REQUEST FORM*

For additional questions or information, you can call or email our Sales and Event Coordinator – (306) 649-1705 or  bookings@wanuskewin.com

 

 

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Dining

Dining

With an unbeatable atmosphere, friendly staff, and a unique sense of culture, Wanuskewin Heritage Park is the perfect place to come for a relaxing lunch or break anytime.

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