One of Canada’s top events, the Festival du Voyageur is kicking off in Winnipeg. The 10 day event is Western Canada’s largest winter festival. Ity takes place in the French Quarter, Saint-Boniface, celebrating Canada’s fur-trading past and unique Frenchheritage and culture through entertainment, arts and crafts, music, exhibits, and displays.
Festival du Voyageur has been a staple of Franco-Manitoban culture for almost 50 years.
The first Festival du/of the Voyageur took place February 26 to March 1, 1970, at Provencher Park, with an estimated attendance of 50,000 people. Georges Forest, who founded the event, was in charge of promoting the event and did so by wearing clothing that represented the Voyageurs. This initiated the tradition of “Official Voyageurs,” which continues to this day.
Snow and ice sculpting, traditional arts and trades and crafts demonstrations, snowshoe workshops and tours will run throughout the ten day festival.
Festival du Voyageur runs Feb. 12 to 21. Further information on schedules, prices, events and activities, and exhibits can be found at www.festivalvoyageur.mb.ca
Source Credits: Global News, The Manitoban, Wikipedia