Come February 12, it’s time to put on your toque, mitts, lace up your moccasins and maybe wear a capote! It’s time to be a voyageur!
Over 140 artists will be showecased during the 10-day winter festival across 9 official sites. A brand new themed tent at Voyageur Park will make its debut this year featuring unique and diversified programming. Themed nights such as Karaoke Night, Singles Night (on Valentine’s Day) and Board Game Night are brand new for 2016.
Voyageur Park is the ideal location to celebrate winter! The young ones can enjoy a winter playground with a snow maze, snow slides, voyageur adventures, hills to climb, instruments, arts and crafts, games, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a giant igloo and much more! Adults can participate in one of the many free snowshoe workshops, relax at the Liquor Mart Snow Bar, shop for unique items in the Souvenir Tent, sip on a hot beverage in Bar Gibraltar or take part in the Voyageur Apprentice Workshops and learn more about Manitoba’s history at Fort Gibraltar.
To celebrate Louis Riel Day presented by Global News on February 15, Festival du Voyageur offers a full day of events for all ages. There will be loads of activities at Fort Gibraltar, such as traditional trades and crafts demonstrations, fiddling and jigging workshops, and much more. We will also unveil the giant Louis Riel mosaic, created with photos submitted by the public over the past year! We are accepting photos until January 15, 2016.
Again this year, Festival du Voyageur offers a free shuttle service provided by Exclusive Bus Lines, in order to help lessen traffic around Voyageur Park and to enhance the visitor experience. The shuttle’s route will take it from the Centre LaVérendrye free parking lot (614, Des Meurons street), to Université de Saint-Boniface free parking lot (entrance on Despins St.), to Voyageur Park. The shuttle will stop every 20 minutes at these designated parking lots.
The 10-day Voyageur Pass, which gives you access to Voyageur Park are on sale in Safeway stores throughout Winnipeg at $32 for adults (18 and over), $16 for youth (13-17 years old) and $11 for children (6-12). Admission is free for children 5 and under.
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Photos by Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal