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Festival du Voyageur Emphasizes Families for 2018

Festival du Voyageur Emphasizes Families for 2018

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Festival du Voyageur is February 16-25, 2018. (HANDOUT)
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This year’s focus for Festival du Voyageur is families, with children 12 and under admitted free and an increase in entertainment for a younger crowd. (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — Festival du Voyageur has always been family-friendly, but organizers are doubling down on all-ages entertainment this year to mark the 49th edition of western Canada’s largest outdoor winter festival.

The 2018 lineup was unveiled Tuesday at Fort Gibraltar, setting the stage for what visitors can expect next month.

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Volunteers Needed for Wild Winter Canoe Race

Volunteers Needed for Wild Winter Canoe Race

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The Wild Winter Canoe Race is February 19 at The Forks. (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — A wintry race at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers is calling out volunteers to assist.

The Wild Winter Canoe Race on February 19 is a friendly competition on groomed snow tracks where teams of five race with one leg in and one leg out of a canoe.

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Put Down Those Razors: Festival du Voyageur’s Beard Growing Contest is Back

Put Down Those Razors: Festival du Voyageur’s Beard Growing Contest is Back

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Participants in Festival du Voyageur’s 2012 Beard Growing Contest (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Between Movember, Decembeard and now the upcoming Festival du Voyageur Beard Growing Contest, many Winnipeg men are rocking the scruffy look.

Four categories will determine the best beard: clean shaven, open, voyageur beard (wild and woolly) and novelty (groomed moustache or beard).

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Festival du Voyageur Hiking Prices, Changing Ticketing System for 2018

Festival du Voyageur Hiking Prices, Changing Ticketing System for 2018

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Festival du Voyageur is making changes to its ticketing system and raising prices for the 2018 instalment of western Canada’s largest winter festival. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Changes are coming to Festival du Voyageur in 2018, beginning with a spike in admission prices.

Adult admission will increase to $25 per day, while youth (13-17) and seniors will be $15. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

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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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