Province/Territory: Manitoba

February Fun, French Canadian Style

  • 10 days of music and events
  • 06-m-tall snow sculptures
  • 1400 calories worth of poutine

It’s dubbed “The World’s Largest Kitchen Party,” and you’re invited—experience food, fun and French Canadian heritage on the snowy streets of Winnipeg. Tour a re-created 19th century fur-trading outpost. Take a swig of traditional fortified wine. Explore regional gastronomy. Have a laugh at the beard-growing contest. Tap your toes at Fiddling and Jigging competitions. View six-metre-tall snow sculptures. Enjoy dozens of live music performances at a variety of venues. Mingle at a prestigious 1820s-themed gala. This is Festival du Voyageur—an annual celebration of Manitoba’s French Canadian fur trader history. For 10 days, locals and visitors alike bundle up and brave the cold for a multifaceted festival of all things Francophone. It’s February fun—French Canadian style.

Why you should visit
  • Visit the main festival site, Voyageur Park—taking in the opening and closing ceremonies, Louis Riel Look-a-Like Contest, Francophone music performances, mascot challenge and a pea-soup cook-off.
  • Tour the 19th century-era fur trading outpost of Fort Gibraltar and enjoy traditional music and dance; watch a display of historic military tactics; learn craftsmanship skills at a voyageur workshop; see blacksmiths and fur traders at work.
  • View astonishing snow sculptures at eight different venues, all created by renowned sculptors from around the globe.
  • Snowshoe, sled, ice-skate, sleigh-ride and participate in family-friendly voyageur-themed games at the River Trail.
  • Dance the night away at more than 20 different concert venues around Winnipeg, with live music or DJ performances every evening.
  • Savour Francophone foodstuffs throughout the festival—with poutine, tourtiere (meat pie), split pea soup, and maple syrup as the culinary centerpieces; shop for one-of-a-kind keepsakes at the Souvenir Tent.
  • Don your fancy duds and attend the festival’s classiest event—the Bal du Gouverneur, held in the prestigious Fort Garry Hotel and featuring a five-course meal, dancing and period costumes.

Weather

Visitor information
When to go
  • Festival du Voyageur is held annually in February, exact dates vary year-to-year.
  • Festival events run daily and nightly.
  • Festival-related special events and concerts are held at multiple venues throughout Winnipeg.
Need to know
  • Many venues at Festival du Voyageur are wheelchair accessible.
  • Festival du Voyageur is suitable for all-ages; some concerts/special events are adults only (18+).
  • Family-friendly events are held throughout the festival.
  • Voyageur Apprentice workshops may require advanced registration.
  • Warm clothing and outdoor walking is required; expect to spend one full day or more at the festival.
Getting Here