News Release Article from  Parks Canada

Visit a National Park or National Historic Site at the Festival du Voyageur

Parks Canada brings its incredible experiences to Winnipeg’s wonderful winter festival

February 10, 2016                                  Winnipeg, Manitoba                                           Parks Canada Agency

Parks Canada is excited to be participating in Festival du Voyageur by enabling Festival visitors to enjoy virtual experiences of Manitoba’s national historic sites and national parks. Using green screen technology and a Parks Canada app, Festival visitors can use props and have their photo taken in Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, York Factory National Historic Site, Riding Mountain National Park or Wapusk National Park.

Winnipeg’s Voyageur Park is home to Festival du Voyageur, the largest winter festival in Western Canada, celebrating the joie de vivre of the Franco-Manitoban community with outdoor and indoor activities for all ages. While enjoying the food and entertainment at Festival du Voyageur from February 12 to 21, 2016, be sure to visit the Parks Canada booth in the Souvenir Tent. Parks Canada staff and volunteers will be on hand to take your photo and share information about the national parks and national historic sites located in Manitoba.

Parks Canada manages two national parks and nine national historic sites in Manitoba. These places have wonderful wildlife, nature and heritage stories ready for visitors to explore and share. Parks Canada protects and presents these national treasures on behalf of all Canadians.

Quick Facts

  • Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site is a short drive north of Winnipeg, where the history of the fur trade comes to life through costumed interpreters and hands-on activities.
  • York Factory National Historic Site’s pristine setting and untouched spirit transports you back in time to the fur trade era in the remote Hudson Bay wilderness.
  • Riding Mountain National Park is a premium destination for seeing wildlife and exploring western Manitoba’s natural heritage. Visitors can choose from a variety of activities, including camping, canoeing or kayaking, exploring the back-country, observing bison and enjoying the amenities of the Wasagaming townsite.
  • Wapusk National Park is located near Churchill, where visitors can see the tundra first-hand and view wildlife unique to this ecosystem, like the majestic polar bear.

Quote

“Parks Canada is very excited to be working with Festival du Voyageur again this year. Using green screen technology, our staff and volunteers are providing a unique souvenir to Festival visitors that we hope will spark their interest in Parks Canada’s special places. We invite visitors to discover what Parks Canada has to offer at Manitoba’s incredible national parks and national historic sites.”

Michaela Kent
Superintendent, Riding Mountain National Park

Associated Links

Parks Canada

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site

York Factory National Historic Site

Riding Mountain National Park

Wapusk National Park

Festival du Voyageur

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Contact
Karyne Jolicoeur-Funk
Public Outreach Education Officer
Riding Mountain National Park
Parks Canada
204-983-0794
karyne.jolicoeur@pc.gc.ca

Images

A familly in front of Parks Canada green screen. Using the Parks Canada green screen app, their photo will be integrated into one of the beautiful photos that showcase Parks Canada.

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