Festival du Voyageur runs February 14-23 this year. As visitors grow in number each year, the festival becomes bigger and better, offering more exciting program and activities. No wonder that it continuously attracts different cultures including some kababayans in the Filipino community.
Nena Baquiran, together with her daughters Antoinette and Marjorie attended the festival last Sunday, not minding the cold weather at all. “My mother has been asking to see the festival since talk about it resurfaced for the upcoming event this year, and since I haven’t seen it myself, I thought it would be a great event to go to during the long weekend,” said Antoinette. “Things we looked forward to was seeing the snow sculptures and eating the maple taffy on a stick.”
With how their photos turned out, it was undeniable that they had fun and that FDV met their expectations. They wanted to go back to check out the concert and light diaplays at night.
Another Filipino family spotted by the Filipino Journal at the festival was the Janolo family. Siblings Abigail and Joshuas tried the tobogganing which was one of the busiest spots for families. It was not their first time to attend the festival but first time to try toboganning which they said was a lot of fun.
Highlights of the festival include music, children’s activities, a rich interpretive program, a Beard Growing Contest, Fiddling & Jigging Contests and the International Snow Sculpting Symposium.
Over 150 bands play at FDV every year. All sorts of entertainment is offered for all sorts of visitors.
During the day, expect more activities for kids. After 6pm, expect the best local and national rock, indie pop & rap music happening under the heated tents.
For more information on Festival du Voyageur 2020, visit heho.ca
Photos by Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal