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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)
Ginette Lavack Walters
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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Festival du Voyageur Attendance Up 13%

Festival du Voyageur Attendance Up 13%

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Festival du Voyageur on Louis Riel Day, February 15, 2016. (CHRISD.CA)

Attendance to this year’s Festival du Voyageur was up 13 percent over last year, welcoming more than 102,000 visitors.

Festival officials say the increase was due to ideal weather conditions, meaning more people came out to enjoy the 10-day event.

“This festival was a great success at all levels,” said executive director Ginette Lavack Walters.

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Louis Riel Mosaic Unveiled at Festival du Voyageur

Louis Riel Mosaic Unveiled at Festival du Voyageur

Louis Riel Mosaic
A Louis Riel mosaic mural was unveiled Monday, February 15, 2016 at Festival du Voyageur. (CHRISD.CA)

The face of Louis Riel lives on in Manitoba.

Festival du Voyageur on Monday unveiled a mural portrait of the province’s founding father, made up of more than 250 photographs.

The mural is affixed to the outside wall of Fort Gibraltar in the heart of Voyageur Park in St. Boniface.

Each of the photos is used multiple times throughout the piece and were gathered from social media to create Riel’s face and shoulders using light and dark textures.

The weatherproof mural will remain up until the end of Festival du Voyageur, which wraps up on February 21.

First Ever Festival du Voyageur Singles Night a Hit

First Ever Festival du Voyageur Singles Night a Hit

By Michelle Bailey

Singles Night
People mingle inside the tent at the first ever Singles Night at Festival du Voyageur on Sunday, February 14, 2016. (MICHELLE BAILEY / CHRISD.CA)
Singles Night
Hundreds of people wait in line to get into the Singles Night tent at Festival du Voyageur on Sunday. (MICHELLE BAILEY / CHRISD.CA)

While hoards of people were inside a warm tent playing games like “human bingo” with hopes of meeting Mr. or Ms. Right, just as many were standing in the cold outside, waiting to get in and take part in the inaugural singles night at Festival du Voyageur on Sunday.

“Tonight, I’m the seventh wheel with my friends who are couples and I am anxious to get in there and have some fun,” said Anna Klassen, who was willing to wait behind at least 100 people for her turn to join the festivities.

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VIDEO: Sights and Sounds from Festival du Voyageur

The 47th edition of Festival du Voyageur is in full swing for another year. The party got started on Friday night with the traditional torch light walk from The Forks to St. Boniface. An opening ceremony with fireworks officially opened the largest winter festival in western Canada for the next 10 days.

Watch highlights below from Saturday afternoon at Voyageur Park:

Festival du Voyageur runs until February 21. Visit Heho.ca for more information.

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Hé Ho! Festival du Voyageur Ready to Go

By Michelle Bailey

WINNIPEG — Be Brave. Be Warm. Be Voyageur.

With those words and several enthusiastic shouts of “Hé Ho,” volunteers and dignitaries including the Premier and Mayor welcomed everyone to the 47th annual Festival du Voyageur, the largest winter festival in Western Canada. The 10-day event opens to the public on Friday and, as in previous years, thousands of people are expected to descend on St. Boniface.

This morning, crews put the finishing touches on the venue and snow sculptors from as far away as Germany carved into massive mounds of hard snow scattered throughout Voyageur Park as organizers explained what visitors can expect this year.

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Cool Art Exhibition in Winnipeg, Ottawa Showcases Struggle for Women’s Rights

Cool Art Exhibition in Winnipeg, Ottawa Showcases Struggle for Women’s Rights

By The Canadian Press

Let Them Howl
Let Them Howl: 100 Years in the Women’s Rights Struggle (CMHR / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG – Outdoor exhibitions depicting women who have broken gender barriers are opening in two Canadian cities.

The portraits on ice and snow are being featured in Festival du Voyageur Park in Winnipeg and under the Bank Street Bridge in Ottawa for viewing by skaters on the Rideau Canal.

The exhibition is titled “Let Them Howl: 100 Years in the Women’s Rights Struggle.”

It includes images of women’s rights activist Nellie McClung and former governor general Adrienne Clarkson.

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CONTEST: Win a Family Pack to Festival du Voyageur

CONTEST: Win a Family Pack to Festival du Voyageur

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Festival du Voyageur is February 12-21, 2016.

Hé ho! Festival du Voyageur is fast approaching and ChrisD.ca wants to send you to experience all the fun.

We’re giving away four family packs, each including two adult day passes and two child day passes!

How do I win?

Simply fill out the entry form below. We’ll draw four lucky winners. Good luck!

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