Embrace the Spirit of Winter at Festival du Voyageur: Feb. 16-25

We may months deep in ice, snow and frigid weather, but winter truly arrives in Winnipeg with Festival du Voyageur.

From Feb. 16-25, the annual celebration of French Canadian culture will take over Whittier Park for 10 days of food, fun and history. And, of course, Caribou.

As usual, the festival will feature ice carving, snow sculpting and wood carving. New this year, carvers will also take part in the Bothwell Cheese Carving Competition.

FDV will also feature festival favourites like the beard-growing contest, the fiddling contest and le Rendez-vous des chefs pea soup contest, along with the Mardi Gras River Trail Parade, the Wild Winter Canoe Race, karaoke, a fashion show, an artisans’ market and even some burlesque.

There’s also a ton of family-friendly fun for the little ones, from dance parties and crafting to sleigh rides and good old-fashioned hill climbing.

Much like recent years, FDV will also stage a killer music lineup including local acts like Atlaas, Attica Riots, Bright Righteous, Little Miss Higgins, Mariachi Ghost, Mise en Scene, Royal Canoe, Sc Mira, Sweet Alibi, The Noble Thiefs, William Prince, Yes We Mystic, Justin Townes Earle, Faouzia and more. In all, more than 150 artists will perform, giving you plenty of opportunity to bust a move on the wood-chip dance floors.

In between sets, grab a snack (BeaverTails, anyone?!) or pop by the FDV boutique for ceintures, fourrures and other obligatory souvenirs. Whatever you do, don’t forget to bundle up and make the most of it!

Tickets go for $15/$30 (day pass/festival pass) for youth and seniors, and $25/$65 (day pass/festival pass) for adults. For more information and the full festival program visit Festival du Voyageur online.

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