Voyageurs Assemble for Annual Meeting at Fort Gibraltar

Festival du Voyageur is a few months away, but that doesn’t mean you won’t notice voyageurs roaming around this week.

The North American Voyageur Council will be docking their canoes at Fort Gibraltar today until Sunday. The 35th annual gathering in Whittier Park includes workshops, keynote speakers, hands-on demonstrations and tours of historic sites like Lower Fort Garry and the Manitoba Archives.

More than 130 voyageurs, fur-trade era and history buffs alike are set to take part in the unique event, and try their hand in the blacksmith shop, or learn basic finger-weaving while others take in sessions about Ojibwe gambling games, and fur trade marriage customs.

The event is attracting visitors from all over, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Montana, and British Columbia and as far away as Florida.

If all this voyageur talk has you in the mood for Festival du Voyageur, the annual winter festival will run February 16 to 27, 2012.

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