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Festival du Voyageur 2021

The largest winter festival in Western Canada

Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg 2020 - Best Time

Festival du Voyageur is held every February at Whittier Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is one of the largest annual festivals in the city and has become one of the favourite winter traditions for Winnipeg residents since the 1970s.

Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg - Best Season 2020

Festival du Voyageur attracts about 95,000 people every season. The festival, located around the historic Fort Gibraltar, is famous for its live music, traditional French-Canadian food, and children’s fun. The Canada Life School Program offers many workshops and activities for kids focusing on unique and customized learning experience. The festival also features a few popular contests, including a Beard Growing Contest, Fiddling & Jigging Contest, and the International Snow Sculpting Symposium.

Best time for Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg 2020
Best time to see Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg 2020

The Festival du Voyager lasts for ten days showcasing Canada's French heritage, traditional crafts, and fur-trading past. There is plenty of live entertainment, arts, crafts, music, and exhibits dedicated to arts and culture. One of the main attractions of the Festival is its magnificent snow sculptures with the historic Fort Gibraltar in the background.

A lady explaining voyageur food at Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg 2020
A lady explaining voyageur food at Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg
Debut performance of Touching at Festival du Voyageur 2020
Debut performance of Touching at Festival du Voyageur

The festival dedicated to Francophonie in Manitoba was initiated by language rights activist Georges Forest in 1967. It was first centred in Winnipeg's French Quarter, Saint-Boniface. The festival then shortly became a success drawing 200,000 people in 1971. In 2011, The Voyageur Festival got the Award of Excellence for Promotion of Linguistic Duality.

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