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Fort William Historical Park

Voyageur Winter Carnival

February 17 and 18, 2024

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fort William Historical Park

Voyageur Winter Carnival

February 17 and 18, 2024

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Smiling family at Voyageur Winter Carnival

Family-Friendly Fun!

Enjoy two days of indoor and outdoor activities, kid’s sliding hill, winter games and contests, live music, artisan demonstrations, farm animals, delicious food, and much more!

Activities

Meet a Dog Sled Team (Sunday Only)

Meet the sled dogs from Boreal Journeys Sled Dog Kennel. Learn what it takes to be part of these sub-zero squads and how dogs work together to pull their passengers.

Two horses towing a wagon

Horse-drawn Wagon Rides

Enjoy a scenic winter wagon ride before visiting the historic site! Rides are free and depart from the Bus Tour Shelter, near the Visitor Centre. Available Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Carnival Games

Carnival Games

  • Penguin Knock Down
  • Ice Fishing Table
  • Cornhole
  • Giant Connect Four
Fwhp Zorb Ball Bowling

Sports

  • Zorb Track
  • Kid’s Sliding Hill
  • Snow Snake
Curling

Contests

  • Baggataway (Lacrosse) Accuracy
  • Axe throwing (13+)
  • Snow Snake

Note: Due to this year’s unseasonably warm winter weather, we are not able to offer the large tubing hill, snow maze, skating, curling, and snowshoeing. Some remaining activities are weather dependent and may change for the event.

Artisan Demonstrations

Quill Work

Women's Heritage Artistry Collective

  • Métis sash and finger weaving
  • Quill work
  • Edge beading
  • Pyrography
  • Wood carving
Thunder Bay Carvers

Thunder Bay Carvers replaced hundreds of carved elements on the 115-year-old carousel in Chippewa Park with new carvings that are historically accurate copies of the originals. The members enjoy carving a wide variety of subjects such as comfort birds, caricatures, animals, and gnomes. The group recently celebrated their 25th anniversary.

Snow Sculptor

Snow Sculptors

Chris Rantala will be sculpting a beaver wearing a top hat sitting in a canoe featuring Fort William Historical Park’s logo.

Erika Niva will be carving a lynx, because they are a Northern animal, and they are known as “secret keepers” in some Indigenous cultures.

Alicia Brink

Alicia Brink is a Métis multi-disciplinary artist and educator in Thunder Bay. Her work explores Métis identity, boreal forest, Lake Superior, craft, and storytelling.

Kayeleigh Larocque Art

Kayeleigh Larocque is a mixed media artist from the North Shores of Lake Superior. Kayeleigh’s art explores this experience using a variety of mediums including pyrography, acrylics and resin. Kayeleigh will be working on her handcrafted wood designs of local monuments.

House Of Makwa

Hannah Doxtater-Wynn is an Ojibwe artist from Thunder Bay, and currently resides in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Hannah creates contemporary indigenous designs and implements them in her art, fashion and beadwork. She introduces modern materials such as semi-precious stone, shells and metals while using techniques and teachings that are traditional to her Ojibwe culture.

Live Music

Cafe Paris Square

Café Paris is one of Thunder Bay’s premier jazz ensembles featuring some of the city’s most diverse and talented musicians. Since 2015, Martin Blanchet and his ensemble have performed a range of genres including Parisian jazz to classical with touches of world music. Café Paris delves into many different musical genres.

Matt Sellick

Matt Sellick is a flamenco guitarist and composer originally from Thunder Bay, Canada. Now living in Toronto, he tours internationally with guitarist Jesse Cook. With funding from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, Matt has produced four albums of original solo guitar music, and a suite of orchestral arrangements. He has had the privilege of performing as a soloist with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Consortium Aurora Borealis, and the Annex String Quartet.

Jamie & Kyle

Jamie and Kyle are lifelong Thunder Bay musicians who got together to play their favourite songs from folk, bluegrass and contemporary catalogues with some original songs mixed in along the way.

Originally from Baja California, México, Natalia began playing violin at the age of 7 and studied classical violin at the Conservatory de las Rosas in Morelia, Michoacán, México. As a composer, singer and violinist, Natalia has composed three albums and has performed on important stages and music festivals around the world including Austria, Paris and Colombia.

Katherine Nemec has been a local performer since 2015. Often found performing in local theatre, Katherine has decided to spread her wings and take on a new project – recording her own EP! Katherine’s songwriting tells the story of love and loss with influences ranging from pop, country, rock and R&B. Her musical stylings are sure to resonate with audiences no matter their walks of life.

Boreal Museum focuses on educational outreach programs and building creative science kits that can be enjoyed at home. Through interactive and accessible educational materials, Boreal aims to share and preserve the story of our area and natural habitats. Their Arctic Adventures program explores the biodiversity and special characteristics of how plants and animals survive and thrive in the frigid Arctic ecosystems.

Red Sky Métis Independent Nation (RSMIN)

RSMIN protects and celebrates their distinct origin, culture and spirituality. They offer various services including counselling services, employment resources, and safety education for hunters. Find them in the Cozy Corner Café, offering Chaga Tea and winter trivia.

CAHEP empowers youth and members of the community in Thunder Bay through arts and culture.

The museum features immersive local exhibits and travelling exhibitions bringing the world closer. Find them leading a canoe-making craft in the East House.

The CCV is a historical re-enactment group focusing on military life during the War of 1812 and early 19th century living. They will be offering historical musket firing for $3 per shot (must be 13+).

Food and Drink

Maple Taffy

Cabane à sucre (Sugar Shack)

The CCFTB is a non-profit organization working in Thunder Bay and the surrounding area to bring together and unite Francophones and Francophiles of all ages through social activities and cultural, artistic and heritage projects. Their Sugar Shack has been a Voyageur Winter Carnival favourite for many years.

Cantine Restaurant

  • Hot Dog $6
  • Hamburger $6
  • Cheeseburger $7
  • Veggie Curry Stew $8
  • Pea Soup $6
  • Fries $6
  • Poutine $8
  • Canned Pop $3
  • Bottled Water $3
  • Hot Chocolate $3
  • Coffee $3

Canot du Nord (North Canoe Shed)

  • Hot Dog $6
  • Hamburger $6
  • Cheeseburger $7
  • Veggie Curry Stew $8
  • Pea Soup $6
  • Canned Pop $3
  • Bottled Water $3
  • Hot Chocolate $3
  • Coffee $3

Snack Station

  • Hot Dog $6
  • Canned Pop $3
  • Bottled Water $3
  • Hot Chocolate $3

Bottomless Mug of Hot Chocolate

  • Travel Mug with Hot Chocolate $10

    Stainless Steel travel mug with hot chocolate and free refills only available at the Bell House.

Visitor Information

Admission Fees

  • Adult $12

    (13 to 59 years old)

  • Senior $10

    (60+ years old)

  • Student $10

    (13+ years old with student ID)

  • Youth $10

    (6 to 12 years old)

  • Child Free

    (0 to 5 years old)

What to Bring

Weather-appropriate clothing: This is an all-weather program and takes place indoors and outdoors. Cash: There are no ATMs available on site.

Getting Here

Car: Fort William Historical Park is located at 1350 King Road, Thunder Bay. Parking is free.

Bicycle: Cyclists are welcome. Bike racks are available to use free of charge.

Thunder Bay Transit: Fort William Historical Park is accessible by the 4 Neebing bus route. Please visit the City of Thunder Bay Transit website for specific bus route information.

Snow Machines & River Access: Snow machines cannot park at events. There is no admissions entrance via the Kaministiquia River.
RVs: The campground is currently closed for the season. RVs are not permitted in the parking lot for overnight stays.

Event Schedule

Saturday, February 17

All Day Activities

  • Visit the Anishinaabe Encampment to learn about Anishinaabe life during the fur trade
  • Meet historical characters from Fort William in the Apothecary and Wintering House
  • Discover the furs of the fur trade
  • Historical costume dress-up
  • Watch snow sculptors at work
  • Snow Painting with CAHEP at the Snow Fort
  • Visit the farm animals
  • Carnival games
  • Zorb Track (must 42″ tall)
  • Kid’s sliding hill (sliding discs provided)
  • Artisan demonstrations
  • Cabane à sucre ($2 per maple taffy treat)
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides (closed 1-2 p.m.)
  • Musket firing by the Canadian Corps of Voyageurs ($3 per shot, must be 13+)
  • Red Sky Métis Independent Nation in the Cozy Corner Café offering Chaga Tea and winter trivia
  • Boreal Museum’s hands-on interactive Arctic life table
  • Canoe paper craft with the Thunder Bay Museum
  • Voyageur gnome paper craft and animal colouring pages with CAHEP

Great Hall

  • Café Paris 12 p.m.
  • Get Ready with Mr. McGillivray 1:30 p.m.
  • Storytelling (English and French) 2 p.m.
  • Matt Sellick 3:30 p.m.

Outfits

  • Patrick Gidley and Karli Strohschein 12 p.m.
  • Katherine Nemec 1 p.m.
  • Natalia Arroyo 2 p.m.
  • Katherine Nemec 3 p.m.

Contests

  • Snow Snake 1 p.m.
  • Baggataway (Lacrosse) Accuracy 1:30 p.m.
  • Axe Throwing (13+) 2:30 p.m.

Main Square

  • Voyageur Song and Dance 11:30 a.m.
  • Storytelling 12 p.m.
  • Coffee Roasting Demonstration 12:30 p.m.
  • Boreal Museum's Arctic Adventures Show 2 p.m.
  • Boreal Museum's Arctic Adventures Show 3 p.m.
  • Storytelling 3:30 p.m.
  • Voyageur Song and Dance 4 p.m.

Sunday, February 18

All Day Activities

  • Visit the Anishinaabe Encampment to learn about Anishinaabe life during the fur trade
  • Meet historical characters from Fort William in the Apothecary and Wintering House
  • Discover the furs of the fur trade
  • Historical costume dress-up
  • Watch snow sculptors at work
  • Snow Painting with CAHEP at the Snow Fort
  • Visit the farm animals
  • Carnival games
  • Zorb Track (must 42″ tall)
  • Kid’s sliding hill (sliding discs provided)
  • Artisan demonstrations
  • Cabane à sucre ($2 per maple taffy treat)
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides (closed 1-2 p.m.)
  • Meet a dog sled team
  • Musket firing by the Canadian Corps of Voyageurs ($2 per shot, must be 13+)
  • Red Sky Métis Independent Nation in the Cozy Corner Café offering Chaga Tea and winter trivia
  • Boreal Museum’s hands-on interactive Arctic life table
  • Canoe paper craft with the Thunder Bay Museum
  • Voyageur gnome paper craft and animal colouring pages with CAHEP

Great Hall

  • Café Paris 12 p.m.
  • Get Ready with Mr. McGillivray (English) 1:15 p.m.
  • Storytelling (English and French) 2 p.m.
  • Get Ready with Mr. McGillivray (French) 2:30 p.m.
  • Matt Sellick 3:30 p.m.

Outfits

  • Jamie Smith and Kyle Shushack 12 p.m.
  • Katherine Nemec 1 p.m.
  • Natalia Arroyo 2 p.m.
  • Katherine Nemec 3 p.m.

Contests

  • Snow Snake 1 p.m.
  • Baggataway (Lacrosse) Accuracy 1:30 p.m.
  • Axe Throwing (13+) 2:30 p.m.

Main Square

  • Voyageur Song and Dance 11:30 a.m.
  • Storytelling 12 p.m.
  • Coffee Roasting Demonstration 12:30 p.m.
  • Boreal Museum's Arctic Adventures Show 2 p.m.
  • Boreal Museum's Arctic Adventures Show 3 p.m.
  • Storytelling 3:30 p.m.
  • Voyageur Song and Dance 4 p.m.