49th Festival du Voyageur – Focusing on Families & Children

49th Festival du Voyageur – Focusing on Families & Children

This year, Festival du Voyageur has raised the age at which children get free admission. Previously five years and under, now children 12 years and under will get free admission into Voyageur Park.

“On this 49th year of Festival du Voyageur, we are focusing on bringing generations together to celebrate joie de vivre and create lifelong memories,” says Darrel Nadeau, executive director of Festival du Voyageur. “We want to encourage parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and others with children in their lives to attend the festival as a family.”

In anticipation of having more families in attendance, Festival du Voyageur has doubled its programming for children – snowshoeing, sleigh rides and outdoor playground with towers, tunnels and climbing hills. Two heated tents for indoor activities – children’s entertainment, family-friendly dance parties with DJ K Chedda, Circus Workshops with Mr. Circus and crafting in partnership with Art City.

In addition to the children’s programming above, there will be historic interpretation in Fort Gibraltar with themed days including Bathing the Brigades, Come and Dance, Getting Down to Work and more.

Cheese Carving Competition

Snow, ice, wood, and now, cheese are on the list of materials carvers will transform into intricate sculptures during Festival du Voyageur. New this year, carvers will take part in the Bothwell Cheese Carving Competition on Sunday, February 18, 2018, in the Université de Saint-Boniface Portage Tent.

Returning to the festival: International Snow Sculpting Symposium featuring teams from Germany, France, Netherlands, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Manitoba; Ice carving demonstrations at the Rendez-vous on Ice; and Wood Carving Challenge featuring chainsaw carvers from all over the nation including stars of HGTV’s Carver Kings and OLN’s Sawdogs