blissfully unaware

Every winter since 1970, Saint-Boniface is transformed into a winter paradise and becomes host to the largest winter festival in Western Canada. Voyageur, Metis and First Nations histories are brought back to life, not only through the historical interpretation offered inside reconstructed Fort Gibraltar, but also through the many attractions inside Voyageur Parks. Offering a vast array of historical, recreational and educational activities, Festival du Voyageur has something for all tastes and all ages.

A lot of the images for this series seem to centre around fire whether it is the people warming up around the fire in front of the Governor's House in Fort Gibraltar or for cooking or in the blacksmith's shop.

So this is Festival du Voyageur 2019 with the opening picture being a snow sculpture called Blissfully Unaware created by the Yukon Team of the Lesage Family. While it was being constructed I thought it was a finger to the world which turned out to be an owl descending on a sleeping soul.

Nikon D7100
AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm
f9 1/320 22mm

Taken February 18, 2019.

Posted by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/24/19 21:09
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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/24/19 21:10

On previous visits to the blacksmith shop it was dark inside with most of the light coming from the fire but on this occasion the window on the right was open allowing in natural light to brighten the setting.

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/24/19 21:11

A coureur des bois ("runner of the woods") was an French-Canadian trader who travelled in New France and the interior of North America. They ventured into unsettled areas to trade with First Nations peoples: exchanging various European items for furs. Along the way they learned the trades and practices of the Native people. These expeditions were part of the beginning of the fur trade in the North American interior. Initially they traded for beaver coats but, as the market grew, coureurs de bois were trapping and trading beavers skins for the European market.

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/24/19 21:12

And something you don't see every day; namely, a cow wearing snowshoes with a Voyageur scarf. I spotted this on the way over to the Festival du Voyageur on the roof of a store called Fromargie Bothwell.

Comments by S Roter on Mon, 02/25/19 20:11

Lots to see Jan, almost like I am in the scene sitting next to that

Comments by Bruce Hunter on Tue, 02/26/19 03:47

I enjoy the posts of snow sculptures that you usually share with us
this time of year.

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 02/27/19 21:11

This pavilion featured ice sculptures created by renowned ice architect Luca Roncoroni, as well as performances for the opening night of Winnipeg New Music Festival by Terje Isungset who performed on instruments made from Red River ice.

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 02/27/19 21:12

Canadian as always standing very orderly at -25C waiting for the Festival du Voyageur to open.

Originally had taken taken the image to get a sense of scale for the sculpture the Voyageur's Frost.

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 02/27/19 21:12

I was one happy camper with a fire to warm up after walking around the Festival gathering images.

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sat, 03/02/19 20:44

the work that woodcarvers could do with chain saws

Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sat, 03/02/19 20:45

on the opening day of this year's Festival carvers were busy as were these sculptors

Festival du Voyageur’s International Snow Sculpting Symposium gives sculptors from around the world the opportunity to express themselves in a spirit of mutual support and cooperation, through a short- lived art medium that has evolved over many generations. Each team is asked to create a piece of art out of a simple block of snow measuring (10’ x 12’ x 12', inspired by their experience at Festival du Voyageur or simply guided by their own imagination.

This particular sculpture was called the Fruits of Joy and Creativity by a team from Germany.