Season-Ending Slushfest to Close Saison Voyageur

By David Klassen


In anticipation for spring, The Forks will host the first annual Slushfest this weekend on the Assiniboine River.

The public is encouraged to come down in costume and participate in ice games like canoeing, inner tubing, sled races, three legged races and more between noon and 4 p.m. on Sunday.

“Everyone is invited to come to The Forks this weekend and get ready to shake off any winter blahs,” said Kevin Walters, Executive Director, Manitoba Homecoming 2010 in a statement. “We’ll be posting photos of the costumes on the Homecoming website ( and everyone will have a chance to vote for their favourite.”

But don’t let the word Slushfest worry you about ice conditions on the river. Officials say the River Trail and the Arctic Glacier Winter Park are still in good condition

“We’ll keep on skating and sliding until the warmer temperatures shut us down. In some years, we’ve gone into the middle of March,” said Paul Jordan, Chief Operating Officer of The Forks.

With mild temperatures upon us this weekend, thousands of people are expected to flock to The Forks to take in the last day of Saison Voyageur, and coincidentally, ‘slush’ may be the word of the day.

Organizers say Slushfest will become an annual event.