A unique way to experience the wonders of the opimihāw Valley.

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 the peoples who came to hunt bison, gather food and medicines, and escape the winter winds. Walking in their footsteps, you will understand why this site has always been and continues to be a place of celebration, renewal, and deep spirituality.

Wanuskewin is pleased to offer our visitors an evening of guided programming, cultural connections, and overnight accommodation at our outdoor Tipi Village with 18 foot Plains Cree style tipis.

 

2024 Season:

June 13 to September 23 

Tipi Sleepovers in June can be booked for a one-night stay on any Thursday evening, Friday evening, or Saturday evening starting on June 13, pending guide availability.

 

Starting July 8, Tipi Sleepovers can be booked for a one-night stay any day of the week, pending guide availability.

 

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Packages

Choose between our Regular and Deluxe Tipi Sleepover packages. Both include your choice of interpretive programming and an unforgettable evening for all ages.

NOTES:

  • Because Wanuskewin is an Indigenous ceremonial and gathering place, there is a strict no drugs or alcohol policy in effect at all times.
  • There are no shower facilities available on site.
  • Tipi Sleepovers are one-night stays.
  • As this is an evening experience that runs after our regular opening hours, if you will be arriving before 5:00 p.m. or staying on site after 9:30 a.m. the second day, please note that we have no space to store any gear, so you will have to pack it into a vehicle for the day.

Regular Tipi Sleepover

  • Minimum charge of 15 participants
  • Bring your own supplies (bed rolls and anything you may need for staying the night)
  • Up to two hours of programming
  • Bannock Bake with Hot Chocolate in the Tipi Village
  • Breakfast (waffles, sausages, juice; coffee available at an additional cost)

Extra programs and customized menus available at an additional cost.

Sample Itinerary*

Day 1

  • 5:30 p.m. — Arrive at Wanuskewin for meet and greet and camp set-up
  • 6:30 p.m. — Choice of 45-60 minute program
  • 7:45 p.m. — Choice of 45-60 minute program
  • 9:00 p.m. — Bannock Bake and hot chocolate around the campfire, along with a discussion of traditional Plains life (pending fire ban)
  • 10:00 p.m. — Self-guided free time at Tipi Village

Day 2

  • 8:00 a.m. — Rise, shine, and clean up Tipi Village
  • 8:30 a.m. — Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. — Option to stay on-site for self-guided touring or additional programming (must be arranged in advance at an additional cost; additional programming based on guide availability)

*Timing is flexible based on booking requirements

Deluxe Tipi Sleepover

Elevate your overnight visit with an in-depth exploration of Wanuskewin’s world-famous conservation bison herd before sleeping under the stars.

  • Minimum charge of 6 participants (maximum of 12 participants)
  • One 45-60 minute Tipi Teachings and a 2-hour specialty program, wâhkôhtowin: Bison Kinship
  • Bannock Bake with Hot Chocolate in the Tipi Village
  • Dinner (Bison Stew and Bannock, Iced Peach Muskeg Tea)
  • Bedding equipment (cots, sleeping bags, pillows)
  • Breakfast (waffles, sausages, juice, coffee)

Extra programs and customized menus available at an additional cost.

Sample Itinerary*

Day 1

  • 5:00 p.m. — Arrive at Wanuskewin – orientation to site
  • 5:30 p.m. — Dinner at Tipi Village
  • 6:15 p.m. — Tipi Teachings
  • 7:00 p.m. — wahkohtowin: Bison Kinship
  • 9:00 p.m. — Bannock Bake and hot chocolate around the campfire, along with a discussion of traditional Plains life (pending fire ban)
  • 10:00 p.m. — Self-guided free time at Tipi Village

Day 2

  • 8:00 a.m. — Rise, shine, and clean up Tipi Village
  • 8:30 a.m. — Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. — Option to stay onsite for self-guided touring or additional programming (must be arranged in advance, at additional cost and pending availability)

*Timing is flexible based on booking requirements

Tipi Sleepover Pricing – 2024 Season prices are coming soon

You can now book in for a Tipi Sleepover for our 2024 Season (June 13 to September 23), but please note that pricing for this experience has not been finalized yet.

If you choose to book now to save a date, we will reach out to you once the pricing has been finalized so you can confirm the booking then.

Tipi Sleepover Booking Request

Sample Programs

Native Plant Walk

Learn about the medicinal and edible plants in the opimihāw Valley that Indigenous peoples use for sustenance, shelter, and tools.

Tipi Teachings

Join us as we share the Plains Cree style tipi teachings gifted to Wanuskewin by Elder Mary Lee, and the life lessons that go along with each of these fifteen poles.

Traditional Games

Try your hand at playing some traditional games to practice your hunting, physical, and social skills during this interactive program.

FAQ – Regular Tipi Sleepover

What to Bring:

  • sleeping bag appropriate for the weather, pillow, and other bedding (bedroll)
  • foam or small mat to sleep on (wooden base 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

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