It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we invite your festival’s dignitaries to join us for the opening weekend of the 54th edition of Festival du Voyageur being held from Friday, February 17 to Monday, February 26, 2023. We’re looking forward to meeting your delegates and celebrating Western Canada’s largest winter festival and celebration of French-Canadian culture with you.
Please register yourself or your delegation by clicking on the appropriate link and filling in the online forms. If you have any questions, please contact Johanne and Guy Noël at [email protected] or send a text to 204-612-4618.
Registration deadline is January 13, 2023.
NOTE: All bars at the Festival du Voyageur grounds will be CASHLESS.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2023
Normal check-in time is 3:00 pm but the hotel will do their best to help you get in early.
2 Lombard Place, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0Y3
Stop by the welcome desk in the lobby between 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. to pick up your Festival passes, which include the full itinerary for you to review, as well as a special gift. After 3 p.m. pick up will be in the Hospitality Suite.
3 p.m. | Hospitality Suite (Lombard Room) open for business! Orientation and welcome reception to follow
4:00 p.m. | Welcome reception and presentations
- Welcoming remarks from Festival du Voyageur
- Visiting Festivals will be matched with their respective Winnipeg hosts
- Each Festival will be given the opportunity to present their Festival and their delegation
- We will give you any required housekeeping notes and answer any questions
Dress code: Please arrive at orientation with partial layers on. Bring your outerwear as we will be leaving directly from the Hospitality Suite. Bring banners, flags, tiaras, etc.
5:30 p.m. | Meet in lobby, ready for Opening Ceremony
5:45 p.m. | Depart on buses from the Fairmont towards the Opening Ceremony
NOTE: Dress according to the weather conditions.
6:00 p.m. | Arrival at the Opening Ceremony in Voyageur Park. Your hosts will guide you there so please stay together.
*Each Visiting Festival will be announced, so cheer loud when you hear yours being called
6:45 p.m. | After the Opening Ceremony, everyone is free to wander around the park, visit the different tents with various entertainment, learn about the fur trade era through historical interpreters, have a beer in the Brasserie du Bourgeois, check out some of the food trucks, get a shot of Caribou in an ice glass (staple of the Festival!), try some delicious maple taffy, and take photos in front of the beautiful and unique snow sculptures.
10 p.m. | Departure back to hotel. Anyone is welcome to stay longer at the park, but will then need to arrange for their own transportation back to the hotel.
Hospitality Suite: 10 p.m. to 3 a.m… ish (last call at 2 a.m.)
NOTE: The Hotel and Hospitality Suite are NON-SMOKING as to the City bi-laws. No drinks are to be taken out of the Hospitality Suite. To enter, a “Visiting Festivals” pass is required!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2023
8:30 a.m. | Coffee, tea, fruits and muffins for breakfast in the Hospitality Suite.
10 a.m. | Meet in the lobby to departure for Festival grounds. Passes required
10:15: a.m. | Departure from hotel
Passes are required to access the Festival. Once there, everyone is free to wander around the park, visit the different tents with various entertainment, learn about the fur trade era through historical interpreters, have a beer in the Brasserie du Bourgeois, check out some of the food trucks, get a shot of Caribou in an ice glass (staple of the Festival!), try some delicious maple taffy, and take photos in front of the beautiful and unique snow sculptures.
Dress code: Dress warm, lots of layers, ready for a few hours spent outside at the Festival. Once again, please dress according to the weather conditions.
1:30 p.m. | Return to hotel by buses to prepare for the Visiting Festivals Mass and Banquet
4 p.m. | Meet in the lobby ready for mass
4:15 p.m. | ON THE BUS! Departure from hotel to Saint-Boniface Cathedral for 5 p.m. church service (dress for the Banquet). Pews will be reserved for our guests.
Dress code: Formal attire!
6:15 p.m. | Bus leaving from the hotel with those not attending Mass, to head to the Banquet.
6:15 p.m. | Bus proceeds from the Cathedral to the Banquet. Dress: Formal or festival attire
6:30 p.m. | Cocktails followed by supper at 7:30.
10 p.m. | Buses on hand to transport guests back to the Fairmont
10 p.m. | Hospitality Suite open: 10 p.m. to 3 a.m… ish (last call at 2 a.m.)
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2023
9:30 a.m. | Coffee, tea, fruits and muffins for breakfast in the Hospitality Suite.
11 a.m. | TOUR PROGRAM
OPTION A (included in package): Winnipeg City Tour, includes a bag lunch for everyone.
OPTION B (included in package): Shopping, includes stops at various boutiques in St. Boniface and the Forks Historic Site
Dress code: Casual attire
2:45 p.m. | Meet in lobby ready for games!!
3 p.m. | Departure by bus from the Fairmont to the Marion Hotel for Gift Exchange, supper and the Voyageur Games.
Dress code: Casual wear or Team colours and don’t forget to stretch!
3:30 p.m. | Gift exchange
5 p.m. | Supper
6:30 p.m. | Voyageur Games and postgame celebration
9:30 p.m. | Return to Fairmont Hotel
Hospitality Suite open: 10 p.m. to 3 a.m… ish (last call at 2 a.m.)
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2023
Hotel checkouts – before 12 p.m. Please make sure that all accounts are paid.
Hotel rooms are available at the Fairmont Winnipeg at a reduced price. Rooms accommodate up to 4 visitors and cost $121 CAD + taxes per night.
When reserving, please indicate the first and last names of all guests as well as which type of room you would like:
- Option 1: Doubles (4 people)
- Option 2: Single King (2 people)
Accommodations must be payed directly to the Fairmont Winnipeg before checking out.
Please note: Rooms must be reserved through Festival du Voyageur for the discount to be applied. Please send room reservations to Guy & Johanne at [email protected].
Delegates are responsible for their transportation to and from Winnipeg.
Festival du Voyageur offers complimentary transportation to and from the airport, the hotel or the park grounds.
2023 Delegate registration
- Opening ceremony
- Official 2023 Festival souvenir
- Park pass
- Hospitality Suite with live entertainment every night
- Continental breakfasts and 3 dinners
- Transportation to and from hotel