WINNIPEG — Festival du Voyageur organizers are calling the 47th edition of the French Canadian festival a great success after the 10 day event saw more than 102 000 visits to the official festival sites. That’s a 13 per cent increase over last year’s attendance numbers, but not quite high enough to break the attendance record of 105 000.
Organizers credit the ideal weather conditions for the mass of visitors who came out to enjoy the “joie de vivre” at the winter festival.
This winter, Festival du Voyageur offered many special events and popular themed nights like Karaoke Night, Singles’ Night and Board Game Night.
Families also flocked to the park for Louis Riel Day presented by Global News when more than 8,000 visitors turned out. With the help of more than 200 photos submitted by social media followers, a giant Louis Riel mosaic was created in honour of the province’s founding father.
“This festival was a great success at all levels. Thanks to diverse programming and mild temperatures, visitors came out in large numbers to celebrate winter, joie de vivre and francophone culture with us,” said Ginette Lavack Walters, Festival Du Voyageur Executive Director.
“On behalf of the entire Festival du Voyageur team and our Board of Directors, we would like to send out a big thank you to all those who participated in this 47th edition of the largest winter festival in Western Canada!”
They are already looking forward to the 48th edition of Festival du Voyageur which runs February 17 to 26, 2017.