The Festival du Voyageur or Traveller’s Festival is an annual 10-day winter event in Winnipeg during the cold month of February at the Winnipeg’s French Quarter.
It happens in Whittier Park in North Saint-Boniface. This year, it runs from Feb 16 until Feb 25th, 2018.
Called Western’s Canada’s largest Winter Festival, it has some exhibits and displays and historical characters walking around in costumes to showcase a bit of what it was like during Canada’s fur-trading era. It also mirrors a taste of French heritage and culture through dance, music and food.
This year, the organizers raise the age limit for free admission for children from 5 years old and under to 12 years old and under.
Festival du Voyageur started during the 70s. It gives a historical glimpse of the first voyageurs of Canada and Métis and First Nations histories that happened inside reconstructed Fort Gibraltar.
Aside from displays, the event also offers recreational activities for kids that include sleigh ride and snow games. There are people dancing and jigging to lively music. There are some form of educational demos showing how the voyageurs cooked, made fire or sharpened their tools in those early times.
One of the main attractions festival goers look forward to are the unique snow sculptures created by artists from around the world.
LAST DAY IS FEB 25, SUNDAY 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Pay 25$ for an adult day pass and 15$ for a senior day passs and youth day pass.