Festival du Voyageur, Saint Boniface, Mb.

Images from the 2020 Festival du Voyageur with a few thrown in from 2019 when I couldn't find a corresponding subject matter from the 2020 Festival.

The Festival du Voyageur is an annual 10-day winter festival that takes place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The event is held during each February in Winnipeg's French Quarter, Saint-Boniface, and is Western Canada's largest winter festival. It celebrates Canada's fur-trading past and unique French heritage and culture through entertainment, arts and crafts, music, exhibits, and displays.

A coureur des bois ("runner of the woods") was an independent French-Canadian trader who travelled in New France and the interior of North America, usually to trade with First Nations peoples by exchanging various European items for furs. Some learned the trades and practices of the Native peoples.

These expeditions were part of the beginning of the fur trade in the North American interior. Initially they traded for beaver coats and fur but, as the market grew, coureurs de bois were trapping and trading prime beavers whose skins were to be felted in Europe.

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Taken February 15, 2020.

Posted by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/16/20 20:37
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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/16/20 20:38

Snow carving of the great grey owl at the the entrance to the Festival du Voyageur.

Manitoba adopted the great grey owl as its official bird in 1987.

The great grey owl is the largest owl in North America with a wingspan of 4 feet.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/16/20 20:41

Canadian, eh!


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/16/20 20:42

The local tower was North America's original free-standing ice-climbing tower when in first opened in 1996. As soon as the temperature drops, the free standing ice-climbing tower is flooded like a vertical hockey rink by the Saint Boniface Section of the Alpine Club of Canada.

He made it up the 60 feet of the ice climb in less than a minute and about half that time to get down.


Comments by slacker on Sun, 02/16/20 21:26

That's what happens when you don't shut off the main on your summer
fountain. They call it Manitoldya......


Comments by Sandi MacDonald on Tue, 02/18/20 09:11

Looks so cold there. I love beaver tails and the poutine fries but I only get them in the summer at the waterfront...they don't serve them in the winter here which is strange.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 02/19/20 15:11

The design explores the balance between human life and nature. Atop the cliff sits a castle, overlooking the sea. Below, a tranquil beast rests embedded into the landscape while its tail winds its way along the crags, incorporated into the castle above.

Tranquil Beast created by United States team of 4 sculptors


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 02/19/20 15:12

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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 02/19/20 15:12

several large snow blocks were scattered around the site with what I call an ice window in each of their four sides

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Comments by S Roter on Thu, 02/20/20 11:38

Great images Jan. Very informative, I like them all.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sat, 02/22/20 16:28

wood carvings from the Festival