C'est une mauvaise chose – a bad thing, indeed -- when someone steals from an iconic festival. But that's what happened over the weekend to the Festival du Voyageur.
Thieves ripped off 320 logs measuring 19 feet each from the Fort Gibraltar area of the festival's site in St. Boniface at 866 St. Joseph St.
"These are 19-ft logs that were used to rebuild the Fort walls. $10,000 value ," said Festival a representative on its Twitter account @FDVoyageur.
The logs were part of a federally funded project to refurbish the replica of the historic North West Company fort which was built in 1979. The project includes plans to rebuild the walls of the fort as well as three of the fort’s cabins.
"The project is not complete, but the fort walls reconstruction was nearly complete. That was phase one of the project," said Ginette Lavack Walters, the Festival du Voyageur’s executive director.
"The next phase is going inside the fort and working on the cabins. There was that one wall left to build on the fort. To be this close to completing it and having our materials gone is really shocking."
The Fort Gibraltar site operates year-round as a venue for weddings and conferences among other events.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).