About Debwendon Inc

Debwendon Inc is a non-profit organization formed in 2007 to promote and preserve the Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve, raise public awareness of the historic cultural connection between the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation and the Brokenhead Wetland, construct and maintain over the long term a boardwalk and interpretive trail adjacent to the Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve, and raise funds toward those ends.  The word Debwendon means “trust” in Ojibway.

For more information please see the Trail page, or download our brochure.

New Entry Sign

New Entry Sign

Tour Operators: If you are a tour operator or guide planning to offer tours of the Brokenhead Trail, please let us know the dates you plan to be at the trail. Please consider making a donation to Debwendon Inc. to support our operations and maintenance of the boardwalk. A minimum $100 donation is recommended and will be greatly appreciated.

Individuals/families: If you have enjoyed the trail and would like to donate, you can click on the Donate button on the Homepage (below). If you are looking for that special present, consider ordering one of our vintage Bergman fine art prints. At $80 they are a wonderful example of H.E. Bergman’s art. The woodcut prints are all plants that grow in the Brokenhead Wetland. Note that the fiddlehead fern is now out of stock. Your donation or purchase will help us pay for our Director and Officer insurance, website, office supplies, and promotion.


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Some tips for having an enjoyable time on the trail:

  • Pack out what you carried in.

  • Be Bear Smart. Do not go alone.

  • NO DOGS allowed on the trail.

  • NO BICYCLES or ATVs allowed on the trail.

  • Bring water and mosquito repellent on warm days and wear a hat if it is hot.

  • Washrooms are available at the trailhead only.

  • Please practice: Leave no trace – Take only pictures – Leave only footprints.

Please report any downed trees, vandalism, or other issues on our Contact Us page.

Debwendon Inc. received a wonderful letter from John and Mary Gottfried of Winnipeg, who visited the trail in mid-October and were so inspired they decided to send us a nice donation. We were so impressed with the letter we asked them if we could share the letter on our website. Please click on the link. Thank you, John and Mary!





Seasonal Opening of the Trail

Hope everyone managed to get through that long winter relatively unscathed. Nevertheless we didn't have much snow and now we have to worry about drought. Always something to make life interesting! We are looking forward to the first spring flowers and then the...

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Trail Closing Date

The Trail will close for the season at sundown on October 31st. The washrooms will be closed. Nevertheless you can still visit the trail in the fall and winter season. Simply park outside the gate and walk in. Please no dogs on the trail and please pack out any...

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Debwendon Donations

Your donation will help us with operation and maintenance of the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail Project.  We are a registered Canadian Charity, registration-number 85940 9997 RR0001, and will issue a tax-receipt for your donation.

LOGO-OCC-OnePercentForOrchidConservationWe are an eligible recipient under the 1% For Orchid Conservation initiative.  If your company or society has made the commitment to donate 1% of net revenue toward orchid-conservation then please consider donating that amount to us.

Make a one-time donation to the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail:   Amount:   

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Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve Location

From Winnipeg drive north on PTH 59 past Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. From PR 304 (Stead Road), continue north approximately 2 km – the access is on the west side of the highway. Driving time: approx. 1 hour. Coming from the north on PTH 59, turn right off the highway approximately 500 m south of the PTH 12 intersection.

Latitude: 50.407145, Longitude: -96.541003


Coordinates: 50.407145, -96.541003 Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve Manitoba, Canada

Photo Credits: Will Milne, Mike James, Brian Kotak, Peggy Bainard Acheson, Ryan Wakshinski, Krystal Panetta, John Dyck