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If you listen closely to the wind in the third week of February you can hear it whisper the Voyageur song (oui, oui, oui!). And if you follow the call into the Winnipeg neighbourhood of St. Boniface, you’ll find Western Canada’s largest winter festival.
Festival du Voyageur has been celebrating Franco-Manitoban culture and history and embracing Winnipeg winters for 50 years.
Smell the outdoor bonfires, listen to the clack of the Red River Jig danced on a wooden stage, taste the sweetness of la tire and marvel at the detailed ice sculptures created by artists from around the world. These iconic parts of the festival continue to draw crowds, but if you think you’ve done it all at Festival du Voyageur, think again.
This year, Manitoba’s largest winter festival is introducing never-before-seen programming and new experiences that showcase Indigenous culture through music, food and art, making more room for festival goers in the biggest tent the festival has ever seen, and offering unique, locally-made Festival du Voyageur brews.
Here are seven new reasons you need to go to Festival du Voyageur in 2020, even if you’ve been going for 50 years.