Back in the mid-seventies, SJCBS was approached to help with a new event in Winnipeg. A committee was being set up to organize a winter festival in St. Boniface. This festival was a good fit for the school – a celebration of the life of the voyageur. Keith McKay joined the committee, and the students from the school were recruited to make trophies for the events and to participate in the snowshoe races, parades and the creation of voyageur delicacies.
That first year the St. John’s participants won all the races, and re-claimed the trophies they had made. Since then the Festival du Voyageur has become one of the premier winter festivals in Canada. Who knew??
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