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Festival du Voyageur 2014

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Festival du Voyageur, a cultural celebration held each winter in Winnipeg's French Quarter, kicked off Feb. 14 and runs until Feb. 23.

  • Winnipeg's Festival du Voyageur was a popular place to be Saturday afternoon, as the 10-day celebration of Manitoba's French culture gets ready to wrap up Sunday.

    David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press

    Winnipeg's Festival du Voyageur was a popular place to be Saturday afternoon, as the 10-day celebration of Manitoba's French culture gets ready to wrap up Sunday.

  • It was perfect weather for Festival du Voyageur's snow sculptures on Saturday.

    Festival-goers warm up by the fire at Festival du Voyageur on Saturday, Feb. 22.

    It was perfect weather for Festival du Voyageur's snow sculptures on Saturday.

  • Festival-goers warm up by the fire at Festival du Voyageur on Saturday, Feb. 22.

    David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press

    Festival-goers warm up by the fire at Festival du Voyageur on Saturday, Feb. 22.

  • Festival-goers leave the park Saturday evening.

    David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press

    Festival-goers leave the park Saturday evening.

  • The Festival du Voyageur was a popular place to be Saturday night. The 10-day festival wraps up Sunday, Feb. 23.

    The Festival du Voyageur was a popular place to be Saturday night. The 10-day festival wraps up Sunday, Feb. 23.

  • The sun sets on the final Saturday of this year's Festival du Voyageur.

    David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press

    The sun sets on the final Saturday of this year's Festival du Voyageur.

  • Young people roll maple syrup in snow to make taffy Saturday afternoon.

    David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press

    Young people roll maple syrup in snow to make taffy Saturday afternoon.

  • Crowds turned out to enjoy entertainment at Festival du Voyageur Feb. 22.

    David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press

    Crowds turned out to enjoy entertainment at Festival du Voyageur Feb. 22.

  • The Craig & Ash Band performs in the Sugar Shack Saturday afternoon.

    David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press

    The Craig & Ash Band performs in the Sugar Shack Saturday afternoon.

  • Marco Alcala, 8, rolls maple syrup in snow with his mom Gaylee on Saturday afternoon.

    David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press

    Marco Alcala, 8, rolls maple syrup in snow with his mom Gaylee on Saturday afternoon.

  • Festival-goers warm up by the fire at Festival du Voyageur on Saturday, Feb. 22.

    David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press

    Festival-goers warm up by the fire at Festival du Voyageur on Saturday, Feb. 22.

  • Slow Leaves performs in the Liquor Mart Snow Bar Saturday afternoon at Festival du Voyageur.

    David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press

    Slow Leaves performs in the Liquor Mart Snow Bar Saturday afternoon at Festival du Voyageur.

  • Winnipeggers packed in to see live music and embrace francophone culture on the second-last day of Festival du Voyageur Saturday.

    David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press

    Winnipeggers packed in to see live music and embrace francophone culture on the second-last day of Festival du Voyageur Saturday.

  • Events at the Festival du Voyageur on Sunday included a historical reenactment between la Compagnie de La Verendrye and The Forces of Lord Selkirk

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    Events at the Festival du Voyageur on Sunday included a historical reenactment between la Compagnie de La Verendrye and The Forces of Lord Selkirk

  • An actor in the historical reenactment between la Compagnie de La Verendrye and The Forces of Lord Selkirk at The Festival du Voyageur Sunday.

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    An actor in the historical reenactment between la Compagnie de La Verendrye and The Forces of Lord Selkirk at The Festival du Voyageur Sunday.

  • Actors in a historical reenactment between la Compagnie de La Verendrye and The Forces of Lord Selkirk trudge through the snow at The Festival du Voyageur Sunday.

    TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    Actors in a historical reenactment between la Compagnie de La Verendrye and The Forces of Lord Selkirk trudge through the snow at The Festival du Voyageur Sunday.

  • Enthusiastic festival ambassadors attend the kick-off ceremony for the 45th Festival du Voyageur. The festival runs Feb. 14 to 23 and is to include a torchlight walk, international snow sculpture competition, music and entertainment and the creation of the world's largest living Metis Flag on Louis Riel Day.

    KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    Enthusiastic festival ambassadors attend the kick-off ceremony for the 45th Festival du Voyageur. The festival runs Feb. 14 to 23 and is to include a torchlight walk, international snow sculpture competition, music and entertainment and the creation of the world's largest living Metis Flag on Louis Riel Day.

  • Nancy Gouliquer, Tim Gouliquer, Toussaint Arcel, and Jeremy Kingsbury, share stories of past festivals around the fire during the opening night of Festival du Voyageur 2014 on Friday.

    GREG GALLINGER / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    Nancy Gouliquer, Tim Gouliquer, Toussaint Arcel, and Jeremy Kingsbury, share stories of past festivals around the fire during the opening night of Festival du Voyageur 2014 on Friday.

  • One of many majestic ice and snow sculptures on display at this year's Festival du Voyageur.

    GREG GALLINGER / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    One of many majestic ice and snow sculptures on display at this year's Festival du Voyageur.

  • Barney Morin, Ron

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    Barney Morin, Ron "Pinky" Colomy, and Curt Lavalle warm up by the fire at Festival du Voyageur on Friday night.

  • Matt Jenkins works as a blacksmith at Fort Gibraltar during the opening night of this year's Festival du Voyageur Friday.

    GREG GALLINGER / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    Matt Jenkins works as a blacksmith at Fort Gibraltar during the opening night of this year's Festival du Voyageur Friday.

  • Andy pours hot maple syrup on fresh snow at the Sugar Shack — a Valentine's Day treat for festival-goers Friday.

    GREG GALLINGER / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    Andy pours hot maple syrup on fresh snow at the Sugar Shack — a Valentine's Day treat for festival-goers Friday.

  • One of many majestic ice and snow sculptures on display at this year's Festival du Voyageur.

    GREG GALLINGER / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    One of many majestic ice and snow sculptures on display at this year's Festival du Voyageur.

  • Isaac Girardin breathes fire as Festival goers look on. February 14, 2014 (GREG GALLINGER / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

    Isaac Girardin breathes fire as Festival goers look on. February 14, 2014 (GREG GALLINGER / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

  • Eight-year-old Liam Greyeyes looks closely at a handcrafted arrow at as his little brother Alex looks on at one of the Festival du Voyageur workshops Saturday.

    Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

    Eight-year-old Liam Greyeyes looks closely at a handcrafted arrow at as his little brother Alex looks on at one of the Festival du Voyageur workshops Saturday.

  • CBC personality Rick Mercer spends the day at the Festival du Voyageur Saturday.

    Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

    CBC personality Rick Mercer spends the day at the Festival du Voyageur Saturday.

  • Historical re-enactors William Caithness, left, and Marc Charbonneau enjoy volunteering at Festival du Voyageur on Saturday.

    Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

    Historical re-enactors William Caithness, left, and Marc Charbonneau enjoy volunteering at Festival du Voyageur on Saturday.

  • Five-year-old Monica Claire, her mom Elizabeth Whitaker-Jacques and her niece Tianna Govia,11, goof around near one of their favourite snow sculptures at Festival du Voyageur Saturday afternoon.

    Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

    Five-year-old Monica Claire, her mom Elizabeth Whitaker-Jacques and her niece Tianna Govia,11, goof around near one of their favourite snow sculptures at Festival du Voyageur Saturday afternoon.

  • Six-year-old Caleb Arnaud dances with his sister Katherine to the music of The Bart House Band in the Sugar Shack at the 45th annual Festival du Voyageur Saturday afternoon.

    Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

    Six-year-old Caleb Arnaud dances with his sister Katherine to the music of The Bart House Band in the Sugar Shack at the 45th annual Festival du Voyageur Saturday afternoon.

  • Five-year-old Suriya Hildebrandt picks up her maple syrup candy, freshly hardened on the snow, at the Sugar Shack during Festival du Voyageur Saturday.

    Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press

    Five-year-old Suriya Hildebrandt picks up her maple syrup candy, freshly hardened on the snow, at the Sugar Shack during Festival du Voyageur Saturday.

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