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Snow Sculptures Captivating Festival-Goers at Voyageur Park

February 21, 2011 7:55 AM | Photos

One of several extraordinary snow sculptures at Voyageur Park, part of the 42nd annual Festival du Voyageur. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

One of the many highlights of Festival du Voyageur are the snow sculptures that make up a large part of Voyageur Peak.

Sculptors are brought in from across the world to create their masterpieces from scratch, which take several weeks to perfect. While mild temperatures have proven to be a challenge in year’s past, the cooler temps have kept the snow just hard enough to work with, while not melting away the hours it takes to carve the designs.

The exact outline and minor details of each sculpture can sometimes be hard to notice in the day time, especially under bright skies, but at night, the park is illuminated to showcase the characteristics of the many sculptures on display until February 27.

You may ask which one is the best, but that’s not how they’re judged. The sculptures are part of a symposium, not a competition.

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Today at Voyageur Park, some of Canada’s best aboriginal performers will perform in the Rivière-Rouge Trading Post. The Aboriginal School of Dance, Tracy Bone and Tribe of One all take to the stage to celebrate Louis Riel Day.

Children’s entertainer Alphabet Soup is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., followed by Al Simmons at 2 p.m.

From noon to 1 p.m., the personalities from CBC News Winnipeg will be holding a meet and greet outside of Fort Gibraltar.