Activities in the Park

*All the activities at Voyageur Park are included with admission, unless otherwise specified.

CMHR EXHIBIT: Our Canada, My Story

On the East wall of Fort Gibraltar from February 17 to 26

Festival du Voyageur gives you a sneak peek of the newest exhibition by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) for Canada’s 150th anniversary. This outdoor display at Fort Gibraltar showcases seven remarkable Canadians with inspiring human rights stories – including one from the Prairies who expresses himself with French-language rap music. The full exhibition at the CMHR opens February 28, using video to create a window into another person’s world, forging a connection that challenges perceptions and celebrates diversity.

#OurCanadaMyStory

THERMËA RELAXATION SPOT

at Voyageur Park from February 17 to 19

Festival du Voyageur in partnership with Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature offers a spot to relax and rest in a secluded outdoor nook in Voyageur Park. Come take a load off before getting right back to party!

Wood Carving Challenge

at Voyageur Park from February 18 to 20 and 25

New this year at Festival du Voyageur is the Wood Carving Challenge presented in partnership with the Winnipeg River Chainsaw Carving Association.

Six (6) internationally renowned teams, including two stars of HGTV’s Carver Kings and OLN’s Sawdogs, will gather at Voyageur Park and rev up their chainsaws to sculpt spectacular works of art.

From February 18 to 20, 2017, the teams will create large pieces which will then be sold during an online auction. Click here for all the details and to bid during the online auction.

February 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the teams will take part in the Quick Carve Challenge. Each team will have two hours to carve a small sculpture. These small sculptures will be sold after the event during a live auction in the MTS Rivière-Rouge Tent at 1:15 p.m. Click here for all the details.

INDIGENOUS WINTER TRADING CAMP

Learn about the aboriginal indigenous communities whose contribution to the fur trade was essential to the success of the voyageurs at Fort Gibraltar and across the Northwest. Walk inside a tipi and explore the diverse and complex culture of the first inhabitants of Red River. Stories, legends and folklore will surely fascinate the young and the young at heart.

February 17
5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
February 18 and 19
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
February 20
10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
February 23
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
February 24
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
February 25
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
February 26
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MAISON CHABOILLEZ

Cabaret du Fort Rouge

La Compagnie de La Vérendrye presents, once again, the Cabaret du Fort Rouge! New France ambiance, music, soldiers and voyageurs will transport you back to the time of the Northwest’s first explorers.

February 17
5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
February 18
12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
February 19
12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
February 20
12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Taverne de la Brigade

La Compagnie de La Vérendrye presents, once again, the Cabaret du Fort Rouge! New France ambiance, music, soldiers and voyageurs will transport you back to the time of the Northwest’s first explorers.

February 23
5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
February 24
12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
February 25
2 p.m. to 12 a.m.
February 26
12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

SNOWSHOE TRAIL – PATHS OF THE EXPLORERS

CANCELLED DUE TO WARM WEATHER

Presented by Taylor McCaffrey in collaboration with Northern Soul Wilderness Adventures

Enjoy the great outdoors right in the middle of Winnipeg with a free snowshoe adventure through Voyageur Park. Located in a tipi right next to the aboriginal encampment, our guides will explain the historical and cultural importance of the snowshoe before taking your family on a guided journey along the Red River. Learn of the fur trade’s contribution to arctic exploration through the story of Dr. John Rae. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and equipment is provided on site. All ages are welcome. Tours leave on the half hour.

February 18
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
February 19
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
February 20
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
February 25
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
February 26
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MASCOT CHALLENGE

This popular activity for all ages is your chance to see your favourite mascots compete in entertaining challenges! A list of this year’s participants will be posted early February.

February 25
3 p.m.

KIDS PLAYGROUND

Festival du Voyageur offers a kids’ playground! In addition to the popular snow slides, our wee visitors will also have the chance to participate in a host of activities, including a hill to climb, musical instruments, a fort with a snow tunnel and much more! All this, in close proximity to the children’s tent!

The safety of our patrons is important to us. Please be aware of the following safety rules pertaining to the use of toboggan slides at Voyageur Park:

  • Use of slide is done at your own risk
  • Children 12 or under must be supervised by an adult
  • The use of a helmet is mandatory for persons who are under 18 years of age. Helmets are available on site.

SLEIGH RIDES

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS
Embark on a horse-drawn sleigh ride along Voyageur Park! Only $3.50 for those 6 years old and up and $1.50 for those 5 years old and under.

MARKET DAYS

February 18 and 25

Visit the Université de Saint-Boniface Portage Tent in order to explore unique vendors and artisans selling high quality products and unique souvenirs on February 13 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For all your voyageur needs, make your way to the Festival du Voyageur booth in the souvenir tent where you will find the traditional ceinture fléchée (sash), FDV’s official voyageur sash and much more exclusive merchandise! Click here for a list of the merchants.

INTERNATIONAL SNOW SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM

Click here for the list of sculptors.

GLOBAL NEWS GREEN SCREEN BOOTH

February 17 and 24
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Souvenir Tent

Stop by the Global News booth for a digital keepsake of your visit to the Festival du Voyageur. Get your photo taken in a virtual Voyageur setting, using green screen technology.

They will also be on location on February 20 for Louis Riel Day.

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