He ho! Embracing Winter and Canada History at the Festival du Voyageur

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.

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