Manitiba celebrates 55th edition of Festival du Voyageur Feb 16-22

Festival du Voyageur. Image credit: @FDVoyageur

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Winnipeg/CMEDIA: Manitiba initiated the celebration of the 55th edition of Festival du Voyageur on Feb 16 through 22, transforming Parc du Voyageur into a festive experience for the entire family.

“Festival du Voyageur…an opportunity for Manitobans from all walks of life to come together and celebrate our French-Canadian and Métis roots..enjoy the art, music and food of festival… thank the many volunteers and staff…We look forward to seeing you all there!, ” Premier Wab Kinew, minister responsible for Indigenous Reconciliation, and Sport, Culture, Heritage has said

Western Canada’s largest winter festival, Festival du Voyageur is an annual 10-day winter festival that takes place each February in Winnipeg from Feb 16-25.

It celebrates Canada’s fur-trading past and unique French heritage and culture through entertainment, arts and crafts, music, exhibits, and displays.

This is only the second year Festival has been back in person after going online during the pandemic.

Having received special designation in 2019 under the Celebrate Manitoba program, this festival recognizes long-running community events, fairs and festivals that have celebrated the province’s heritage for at least 50 years

“It’s really nice to be able to gather…lot of energy in the community… all throughout the ten days…different opportunities for different communities…share stories, you know…and have some fun…more than 75,000 festival goers…Festival du Voyageur 2024 is sure to be a memorable experience for all,” Breanne Lavallée-Heckert, executive director of Festival du Voyageur has said

Besides receiving a one-time grant of $50,000 to support infrastructure improvements in Whittier Park to ensure a safe and secure site, Festival du Voyageur is also supported annually with $325,000 by the Manitoba government.

“The fe“The festival is an economic boost to our province… invite all Manitobans to experience an immersive cultural event…to celebrate the histories of francophone, Métis and First Nations people,” Glen Simard, Tourism minister responsible for francophone affairs, has said.