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Festival du Voyageur Preserving Old Elm’s Trunk for Art

Festival du Voyageur Preserving Old Elm’s Trunk for Art

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An elm tree suffering from Dutch elm disease will have its trunk transformed into a public art piece. Submissions for the tree, seen here on February 23, 2017 during Festival du Voyageur, will be accepted until April 21. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — A massive elm tree in Whittier Park that had been diagnosed with Dutch elm disease will partly live on through a new public art piece.

Officials with Festival du Voyageur have come to an agreement with the City of Winnipeg and the site’s owner/manager to preserve the tree’s trunk. The tree has become a fixture for residents of St. Boniface and an important symbol for Festival du Voyageur.

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Cooler Temperatures for Second Weekend of Festival du Voyageur

Cooler Temperatures for Second Weekend of Festival du Voyageur

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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.

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Festival du Voyageur Alters Plans Due to Warm Weather, Closed River Trail

Festival du Voyageur Alters Plans Due to Warm Weather, Closed River Trail

WINNIPEG — Festival du Voyageur organizers are rolling with the punches being dealt by Mother Nature on the opening weekend of the 10-day event.

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

A rapid thaw and spring-like temperatures on Saturday forced the closure of the Red River Mutual Trail at The Forks, where many Festival activities had been planned to complement the fun to be had at Voyageur Park across the river.

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Festival du Voyageur Channels Your Inner Hero

Festival du Voyageur Channels Your Inner Hero

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The Perron-Beaudry family is this year’s official family of Festival du Voyageur. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — This year’s theme of Festival du Voyageur is HéHo Heroes, but the only hero will be Mother Nature if the snow sculptures inside Voyageur Park can withstand the next 10 days.

As part of the Festival’s annual international snow sculpting symposium, artists from across the globe are in Winnipeg this week carving their snowy masterpieces. Teams began their work on Wednesday and will aim to finish by Saturday. From there, the sculptures will be on full display for the thousands expected to attend beginning this weekend.

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Snow Sculpture Honours 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Snow Sculpture Honours 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

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A snow sculpture paying tribute to the Battle of Vimy Ridge was unveiled at the Manitoba legislature on Monday, February 13, 2017. (@MIN_SQUIRES / TWITTER)

A snow sculpture unveiled Monday at the Manitoba legislative pays special tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

The sculpture is a replica of Canada Bereft, a monument at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France and was crafted by sculptor David Macnair.

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Wood Carving Challenge Coming to Festival du Voyageur

Wood Carving Challenge Coming to Festival du Voyageur

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New this year to Festival du Voyageur is the first Wood Carving Challenge inside Voyageur Park. (CHRISD.CA)
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Ginette Lavack Walters, executive director of Festival du Voyageur, unveils this year’s programming on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — This year’s Festival du Voyageur will help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with plenty to keep you busy over its 10-day span.

The 48th annual French-Canadian festival is February 17-26, featuring a lineup of more than 150 musical acts, the snow sculpting symposium, canoe races, traditional food, an ice bar, an outdoor disco, singles night and the first-ever wood-carving challenge.

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Fort Gibraltar Recreated in Lego Bricks

Fort Gibraltar Recreated in Lego Bricks

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A replica of Fort Gibraltar made entirely out of Lego. (DAN HARPER PHOTOGRAPHY)

WINNIPEG — Fort Gibraltar has taken on a new look outside of its usual wood pillars by being recreated entirely out of Lego bricks.

Winnipeg photographer Dan Harper snapped away over 6,340 pieces of the bricks to replicate the famous Fort that acts as a central hub during Festival du Voyageur in St. Boniface.

The project took Harper about two-and-a-half months and cost $2,000 to complete. This is his second large-scale Lego project after building a replica of a Churchill Tundra Buggy earlier this year.

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New Festival du Voyageur Fundraiser to Spice Things Up

New Festival du Voyageur Fundraiser to Spice Things Up

Le Grand Régal CajunA new fundraiser in support of Festival du Voyageur will heat up the summer season at Fort Gibraltar.

Le Grand Régal Cajun is set for June 23 and will include Cajun-style cuisine for a culinary and cultural twist.

Menu fare includes corn on the cob, potatoes, shrimp, crawfish and sausage, accompanied by fresh vegetables. The meal will be served on long tables in the middle of Fort Gibraltar in order to enhance the communal, cultural and informal feel of a typical Louisiana party.

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