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Festival du Voyageur Attendance Down Slightly This Year

Festival du Voyageur Attendance Down Slightly This Year

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Festival du Voyageur welcomed 93,400 people during its 10-day run this year. (HANDOUT)

Festival du Voyageur is in the books for its 49th year and drew in 93,400 people over the 10 days.

According to numbers released Monday, attendance at official sites was up this year, but attendance at Voyageur Park dropped 10 percent. Officials contribute the latter to cold weather during Festival’s first weekend and changes in ticketing, mainly limiting the number of people who can enter Voyageur Park each day.

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Sunny Skies and Family Fun Featured at Festival du Voyageur on Louis Riel Day

Sunny Skies and Family Fun Featured at Festival du Voyageur on Louis Riel Day

By Michelle Bailey (@MichelleBailey1)

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Christian and Kristen Clavelle and their children, Kadence, 4, and Caleb, 2, enjoy Louis Riel Day at Festival du Voyageur on Monday, February 19, 2018. (MICHELLE BAILEY / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Stefan Riel fondly remembers when his parents and siblings were the official voyageur family of Winnipeg’s Festival du Voyageur “at some point in the early 90’s.”

“That was a lot of fun and the cabane à sucre was always one of my favourite stops during festival,” Riel said, as he held his two-year-old son Everett who was having his inaugural lick of snow maple taffy while inside the popular sugar shack.

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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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