Cooler Temperatures for Second Weekend of Festival du Voyageur

Cooler Temperatures for Second Weekend of Festival du Voyageur

Festival du Voyageur Melting
Snow sculptures at Festival du Voyageur were melting and creating puddles on Saturday, February 18, 2017. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — The second weekend of Festival du Voyageur gets underway tonight, which promises to be cooler weather-wise than the slush and mud that greeted visitors during the first week of events.

“Festival du Voyageur would like to reassure festivalgoers that we are doing everything we can to ensure that our festival grounds are safe”, said executive director Ginette Lavack Walters.

A handful of visitors slipped on the melting ice during opening weekend, while others complained of muddy conditions throughout the park.

“With the cold weather coming back, Voyageur Park may be a bit icy. Our park crew is adding woodchips and sand to create safer passageways for our visitors. We also ask that festivalgoers use caution when walking on the festival grounds.”

Lavack Walters says they expect strong attendance again this weekend with single digit minus temperatures.

Staff is asking for patience as they manage and control traffic flows in and out of the park. Some festival-goers who purchased 10-day passes weren’t allowed entry last week due to capacity, creating a backlash on social media.

Day passes are $20 for adults and $10 for youth. The passes are sold at all Safeway and Sobeys locations in Winnipeg as well by calling (204) 233-ALLO (2556), the Festival du Voyageur office (233 Provencher Blvd.) or online at heho.ca.

Festival du Voyageur runs until Sunday, February 26.


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