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The Property
Location and Contact
Guiding Concepts
Rentals – The Lodge
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The Property

A Rocha’s Boreal Ecology Centre (BEC) resides in Treaty 3 territory, where Anishinaabe people have lived for time immemorial.  

The community of East Braintree, where the BEC is located, is situated near an old trade route used first by Indigenous people and later developed by The Dominion of Canada. In 1905 the area was surveyed using the riverlot system, and the  riverlot farm on which the BEC is located was registered to a John Madzur in 1914.

In 1974 the old Madzur farm site was purchased by Walter and Elenor Loewen.  Walter and Elenor used the site as a weekend getaway, but quickly realized that the property was too wonderful to keep to themselves.  After exploring a number of different partnerships and possibilities the Loewens donated the site to A Rocha Canada in 2020.  

We look forward to establishing a learning, research, and retreat centre over the coming years. At the Boreal Ecology Centre, we are preserving habitats and motivating people of all ages as they experience the warmth and wildness of God. This beautiful place offers a unique combination of sensitive yet accessible wildlife habitat that makes it more than a showpiece; it is a critical part of connecting people and places.

Location and Contact

81025 Boggy River Rd, East Braintree,  MB

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Guiding Concepts 

Commons: The Boreal Ecology Centre is a shared space for both non-human and human community. By walking through and experiencing this place, you gain a sense of the interrelatedness of all things and a framework for abundant living for all creation.

Table: The Boreal Ecology Centre is a place of belonging and transformation. Through the sharing of meals, work together, and conversation you discover gratitude, patience, and the practise of sharing life.

Hearth: The Boreal Ecology Centre invites you to linger in the warmth, wonder and wildness of God and creation. Here you are welcome to pause, to reflect, and to share.

Lodge Rentals

The Lodge at the Boreal Ecology Centre is a 5 bedroom retreat centre 130 km from Winnipeg, that can sleep 14 to 18 people. These bedrooms contain 10 twin and 4 double beds. It has three bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a large common area with a library, and a third floor 360º lookout.

Surrounded by lush forest and meadow, this is the ideal place for rest, reflection, and connection with others and our Creator. While here, you can use a field guide to identify species, hike the trails on the property, or bring a canoe to paddle the Boggy River. 

The Lodge at the Boreal Ecology Centre is available for rental by individuals, families, community organisations, schools, and churches.

The Lodge Rental Rates

Overnight

  • Five bedrooms, room to sleep 14-18
  • 10 twin beds, 4 double beds
  • Per Night – $250*

Daily

  • Maximum of 25 people (kids included)
  • Per Day – $150*

*There is a mandatory cleaning fee of $75 for every rental.

A non-refundable $50 deposit is required in order to hold dates requested. The remainder is payable upon invoicing.

*rental rates subject to change

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Come Stay at the Lodge

The Lodge is the perfect place to host your retreat or family gathering! For quick inquiries or more information, please email us.

To request a rental, read this information package and then fill out the form!

Rental Form

Upcoming Events in Manitoba

Church Earthkeepers Meet-Up

October 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

Silence in the Seasons Retreat (Boreal Ecology Centre, MB)

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - October 29 @ 7:30 pm CDT

Boggy River Brunch Fundraiser (Winnipeg, MB)

November 19 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm CST

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