What to Expect at This Year’s Festival du Voyageur

What to Expect at This Year’s Festival du Voyageur

Festival du Voyageur runs February 15-24, 2013. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)
Festival du Voyageur runs February 15-24, 2013. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)
Snow taffy is made in the Sugar Shack at Festival du Voyageur last Saturday.  (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)
Snow taffy is made in the Sugar Shack at Festival du Voyageur last Saturday. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Visitors to this year’s 44th Festival du Voyageur will have plenty to keep them busy from February 15-24.

Organizers on Tuesday unveiled their programming schedule for the winter festival, which includes 115 artists being showcased over the 10-day period.

Performers Don Amero, Imaginary Cities, The Lytics and The Treble are just a few of the recognizable names that will be taking the stage.

Manitoba’s history will be marked on Louis Riel Day, February 18, where the festival is known for its annual Louis Riel Look-a-like Contest inside Fort Gibraltar. Also inside the Fort, there will be traditional trades and crafts demonstrations, fiddling and jigging workshops, a presentation on Métis flags, and other activities.

Last year’s big story surrounding the festival was the warm weather and lack of snow, but it shouldn’t be an issue this time around. The 2013 International Snow Sculpting Symposium will be another highlight of the event, where sculptors from 10 different countries arrive in Winnipeg to hone their snow-carved art.

Besides the central location of Voyageur Park, other festivities will be held city-wide at 10 other ‘official’ site locations, including the Voyageur Trading Post, Le Garage, Club St-B, l’Auberge du violon, Pionniers Trading Post, La Broquerie Hotel, Club Regent Casino, The Fort Garry Hotel, as well as this year’s two newcomers, The Wood and Finn’s Pub at the Forks

A presale on the popular 10-day Voyageur Pass is on until January 19. Regular priced passes are $25 ($23 presale) for adults, $15 ($13) for youth (aged 13-17), and $10 ($8) for children (6-12). Admission is free for children under the age of 6. Daily gate admission is also available. Passes can be purchased at the Festival du Voyageur office, 233 Provencher Boulevard, by calling (204) 233-ALLÔ, at HeHo.ca / FestivalVoyageur.mb.ca (English), or any Winnipeg Safeway location.

Watch archive video from last year’s Festival du Voyageur:

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