warming up in front of the Governor's House

Every winter since 1970, Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg French quarter, is transformed into a winter paradise and becomes host to the largest winter festival in Western Canada. Voyageur, Metis and First Nations histories are brought back to life, not only through the historical interpretation offered inside reconstructed Fort Gibraltar, but also through the many attractions inside Voyageur Parks. Music of old, traditional cuisine, sensational snow sculptures and captivating shows are but a few examples of the entertainment you can expect to witness during this convivial gathering. Offering a vast array of historical, recreational and educational activities, Festival du Voyageur has something for all tastes and all ages.

A lot of the images for this series seem to centre around fire whether it is the people warming up around the fire in front of the Governor's House in Fort Gibraltar or for cooking or in the blacksmith's shop.

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Taken February 19, 2018.

Posted by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/25/18 20:47
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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/25/18 20:52

in the words of the sculptor: autumn is the time for pumpkins. As I saw
these white pumpkins, the inspiration to give
them more of a presence came out. These
forms of nature need a statue!





Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/25/18 20:52

The chain's namesake product is a line of fried dough pastries, individually hand stretched to resemble a beaverís tail.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sun, 02/25/18 20:53

and what better on the last day of the Festival but a dragon boat race on ice


Comments by S Roter on Mon, 02/26/18 08:28

A fun series Jan, done very well.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 02/28/18 21:12

snowshoes

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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 02/28/18 21:14

not exactly sure what she was doing... cooking food or just making smoke?

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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Wed, 02/28/18 21:16

the obligatory shot from the blacksmith shop... would have made my dad smile...


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Fri, 03/02/18 20:34

A coureur des bois ( runner of the woods) was a French-Canadian trader who traveled in New France and the interior of North America. They ventured into unsettled areas (the woods) usually to trade with First Nations peoples: exchanging various European items for furs.


Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Fri, 03/02/18 20:35

working the metal on the anvil

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Comments by Jan Bjorklund on Sat, 03/03/18 20:13

snow sculpture

In the author's words. Convergence is an abstract piece that showcases straight and wavy shapes that develop around a center of gravity.

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Comments by els mo on Sat, 03/03/18 20:27

Absolutely love your documentary photography! So interesting to see this. I had no idea!


Comments by Paul Bracey on Sun, 03/04/18 15:08

Good work Jan. Never saw a dragon ice boat before!