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Visitors to the Festival du Voyageur will enjoy pleasant winter conditions throughout the long weekend.

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There will be people thinking the weather gods are smiling on the Festival du Voyageur with this weather forecast: all week, we’ll kick the polar cap to the curb.

Expect highs today of -14 C and the mercury to keep rising to - 11 C Sunday and -1 C Monday, according to Environment Canada. Overnight lows will be -25 C tonight and - 11 C tomorrow. The trade off is variable cloud all week and maybe a even a few flurries tomorrow.

There’s lots to do outdoors at Western Canada’s largest winter festival, in and around Fort Gibraltar. If you go Monday, wear blue or white there and help create a living Metis flag. Organizers want people to wear one of the Francophone colours, also used in the blue and white Metis flag, to honour the winter event and Louis Riel Day, the statutory holiday Monday. The photo is planned for 3 p.m.

Cyclists meanwhile left St.Malo today on a treacherous race organized by the World Cycling Congress. The Actif Epica is a 20-hour endurance contest across some of the roughest cycling terrain between St. Malo and Winnipeg. A spokeswoman said cyclists won't arrive in Winnipeg until tomorrow. The race wraps up at The Forks.

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Updated on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10:19 AM CST: corrects info about bike race

12:00 PM: corrects info about living flag

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