Official Voyageurs

The ambassadors of the Festival


Since the first ever festival in 1969, the Official Voyageurs are the ambassadors of the Festival du Voyageur. They promote the winter festival to the best of their abilities and represent the « joie de vivre » of the francophone community. All the while spreading the voyageur spirit, the Official Voyageurs also have a sense of adventure and discovery.




Julie Turenne (born Maynard) was raised in a francophone family in Ste. Anne. She is proud to now be a part of a Métis family. Julie graduated from École Pointe-des-Chênes in 1996. She received her diploma from the Technical and Professional program at Université de Saint-Boniface (formerly known as Collège Saint-Boniface) in 1998. After university, Julie worked at different jobs such as the Women’s Enterprise Center, Ron Duhamel’s constituency office and Great-West Life. She’s been a partner and a managing director at Aikens family wilderness lodge located north of Bissett, MB since 2005. Julie manages a team of about 30 employees with Pit. She manages marketing, flights, purchases, planning and necessary logistics for Aikens, her employees and all clients. Julie has been participating at Festival du Voyageur since her teens and is proud to say that Festival is an important part of her family’s life. In her spare time, Julie enjoys theatre, reading and travelling.

Gab-Riel “Pit”

Proudly Métis, Gab-Riel stands for Gabriel Dumont and Louis Riel. One could say that Gab-Riel comes from a family that has always followed Manitoban history. His nickname “Pit” comes from his childhood name “Pitou” that his parents gave him. Born in St. Boniface, he grew up in Old St. Vital and went to Collège Louis Riel (1995 Grad). He graduated in 2000 from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor’s degree in business. He worked at Great-West Life for a few years before taking over his family’s wilderness lodge (Aikens Lake) with his wife Julie. As a managing director since 2005 at Aikens Lake, this fisherman and hunter manages the lodge’s commercial transactions and sales with a strong sense of environmental stewardship. He has won the Festival du Voyageur skills contest in the past. He is a big fan of the Jets and the Bombers, and you can still find him skating a few times a week playing or coaching hockey.


Annika is an 18-year-old Métis born in Ste. Anne in 2004. She is in grade 12 at Centre scolaire Léo-Rémillard. She loves going to Aiken’s lake and being surrounded by nature. She played on the varsity basketball team at school and coached the grade 7 basketball team at École Lacerte. She also sings in the school choir. She’s been playing piano and guitar for years. Annika was a member of the band On S’accorde who has performed at Festival du Voyageur for many years. She was also a member of the leadership group JMCA. Annika enjoys reading novels, listening to music, fishing, canoeing trips and of course playing guitar.


Martin is a 15-year-old Métis born in Ste. Anne in 2006. He is in grade 10 at Centre scolaire Léo-Rémillard. He loves nature and is hooked on fishing just like his father. Martin spends his summer improving his fishing skills and taking on new challenges on the lake. He looks forward to becoming a fishing guide at Aikens one day! Martin plays badminton and volleyball at school and plays hockey for the Seals. He enjoys spending time with his friends and playing video games. He would like to one day become a hunter just like his father.


Natasha is an 13-year-old Métis born in Ste. Anne in 2009. She is in grade 7 at École Lacerte. She loves nature and taking walks in the woods with her family. Natasha has been playing piano for a few years, takes dance lessons and sings in the choir at school. Natasha spends a lot of time during the summer walking on rocks with her dog Gibson and swimming at the beach—she’s practically a fish! She enjoys listening to music, reading, drawing, crafting and doing puzzles.


2020 requests for the official family are now closed

Order of the Official Voyageurs

Régnier, Liliane et Robert, 2019-2020
Perron-Beaudry, Nicole and Christian,
2017 – 2018

Sorin, Michelle and Marcel, 2015 – 2016
Order of the Official Voyageurs, 2014 (To celebrate the festival’s 45th anniversary)
St-Vincent, Daniel and Gagnon, Jocelyne, 2012 – 2013
Chamberland, Roger and Gervais, Michelle, 2010 – 2011
Fortier, Denis and Annette, 2008 – 2009
Brunet, Charles and Gisèle, 2006 – 2007
Dupont, Jacques and Paulette, 2004 – 2005
Pambrun, Jean-Marie and Jocelyne, 2002 – 2003
Noël, Guy and Johanne, 2000 – 2001
Lacroix, Guy and Agathe, 1998 – 1999
Clément, Gérald and Hélène, 1996 – 1997
Riel, Joseph and Joanne, 1994 – 1995
Rémillard, Marc and Aline, 1992 – 1993
Forest, Gabriel and Marcelle, 1990 – 1991
Dandeneau, David and Huguette, 1988 – 1989
Lavack, Philippe and Jacqueline, 1986 – 1987, 1989
Gaudry, Neil and Léona, 1984 – 1985, 1989
Laroche, Pierre and Carmen, 1982 – 1983, 1989
Desaulniers, Aurèle and Gabrielle, 1980 – 1981, 1989
Loiselle, Lucien and Lucienne, 1977 – 1978, 1989
Prenovault, Gérard and Germaine, 1974 – 1976, 1989
D’Eschambault, Gilbert and Elsie, 1973, 1989
Marion, Roland and Laurette, 1971 – 1972, 1989
Forest, Georges and Anita, 1970, 1989