46th Festival du Voyageur Attracts 91,000 Visitors

46th Festival du Voyageur Attracts 91,000 Visitors

Festival du Voyageur
This year’s Festival du Voyageur brought out more than 91,000 visitors to all of its official sites February 13-22. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — Despite a few chilly days, Festival du Voyageur attracted more than 91,000 visitors to its official sites over a 10-day period.

The 46th annual French-Canadian winter festival offered up live concerts, events, workshops and other family fun to those looking to celebrate the “joie de vivre” at the World’s Largest Kitchen Party.

“This festival was a great success. Despite the cold weather, visitors came out in large numbers to celebrate winter and francophone culture with us,” said executive director Ginette Lavack Walters.

The new Winter Feast event — a fundraiser for Fort Gibraltar — generated more than $8,000 alone. Other events, such as the largest “living” Metis flag on Louis Riel Day included nearly 250 participants.

A survey on this year’s festival is available at Heho.ca to gather visitors’ feedback. Respondents are eligible to win a flight for two to an international destination served by Air Canada.

Next year’s Festival du Voyageur is scheduled for February 12-21, 2016.