1970

The Festival du Voyageur is created for Manitoba’s Centennial celebrations

This celebration spotlights the importance of Franco-Manitobans’ contribution to the province’s development.

Every winter since 1970, Winnipeg’s French quarter of St. Boniface has been transformed into a winter paradise to host the largest winter festival in Western Canada. Voyageur, Métis and First Nations histories are brought back to life.

In 2011, the Festival du Voyageur received the Award of Excellence – Promotion of Linguistic Duality from the Commissioner of Official Languages. This honour recognizes individuals or organizations that are not subject to the Official Languages Act but that promote linguistic duality in Canada or abroad or contribute to the development of Canada’s official language minority communities.

Despite its humble beginnings, the Festival is now a 10-day event that attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year.

Léo La Tuque – The official mascot of the Festival du Voyageur. Source: Dan Harper Photography

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