French Manitoba
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St. Boniface Cathedral | Treaty 1

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French Manitoba

Whether or not you speak French, Manitoba’s French communities welcome you.

Manitoba’s French connection dates back over 200 years. The hardy, hardworking fur traders – known as voyageurs – made lasting relationships with Indigenous peoples and important contributions to the province’s history. Today, the Francophone spirit lives on through French-speaking communities around the province and must-visit attractions celebrating Franco-Manitoban culture. From visiting the burial place of the father of Manitoba, Louis Riel, to tasting the sweet maple taffy at le Festival du Voyageur’s cabane à sucre, you’ll find many ways to experience our vibrant French culture.

Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum cultural fabric.
Driveway leading up to a white exterior entrance at Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum.

Explore Saint Boniface

The Musée Saint-Boniface Museum is the oldest building in Winnipeg, originally built as a convent in 1844.

Fort Gibraltar snow sculpture of a seated cultural Viking.

Le Festival du Voyageur is Western Canada’s largest winter festival. For more than 50 years, this celebration of Manitoba’s French and Métis culture and heritage comes alive every February in Wininpeg’s St. Boniface neighbourhood.

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Francophone Towns

In Manitoba’s south east region, French Manitoba passion and history are alive in places like St. Malo and St. Pierre-Jolys.

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We love day trips. Take one through one of Manitoba's cute and quaint Francophone towns, it's the perfect way to celebrate the fall season.