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Want a taste of winter? Come to Winnipeg.

Just when I thought this world couldn’t get any stranger.  In a bizarre case of the grass must be greener over there, Winnipeg is welcoming visitors from Australia and southern United States who want to experience cold.

Val Keenan and Jean Hyrich will welcome visitors to Winnipeg. (Photo - Matt Preprost: Winnipeg Free Press)

Yes, that’s right cold.  Bone chilling lock yourself in the bedroom and crank up the furnace and hide cold.   The six-day winter exchange is all part of worldwide cultural exchange movement called Friendship Force.  Founded in 1977 by US President Jimmy Carter, Friendship Force joins people around the world in an opportunity to explore different cultures and experience the world in a way travellers seldom get to experience.  By billeting, the travellers get the opportunity to stay in a home hosted by a native of the area.  Thus getting an authentic taste of daily life that staying in a hotel just cannot deliver.

Australian Pam Ferguson with host Jean Hyrich. (Photo - Phil Hossack: Winnipeg Free Press)

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Mid-Winter Magic: Festival du Voyageur is Almost Here.

Winter in Winnipeg can be simply brutal even for the heartiest of folk.  If you hail from a warmer climate just imagine days where the sun doesn’t rise until 8 am and sets before 4 pm in the depths of the season.  Imagine at least 4 solid months where the mercury never rises above freezing and on most days it’s hovering somewhere around -10 to -15 Celsius.  Imagine for a moment if you will of living in the city that often holds the title of coldest city on the planet.

The beginnings of a snow sculpture.

Is it any wonder why then in the middle of this madness we affectionately call winter that we hardy fools bundle up and head out into the winter darkness to enjoy Festival du Voyager. A predominantly french cultural affair that celebrates the men and women who opened up this part of the country during the fur trade of the 17 and 1800’s.

Carved from snow, a giant bird guards her egg.

Tourtière for supper! Two Voyageurs enjoy a hearty meal.

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Winter in Winnipeg: Part 2

I guess that this past weekend has given a great deal of my readers a blanket of snow to deal with.  Here in Winnipeg we had a little snowstorm, only about 20 centimetres.  Nothing compared to what happened on the East Coast of North America. From what I understand some parts got upwards of 70 centimetres of the white stuff.

For the record,  amounts like that would even paralyse Winnipeg for a day or so.  Well… ahem.. without further adieu.  More snow!!!

Leaving The Forks Market I just had to take a picture of the tower, the Canadian flag flying proudly in the winter wind.

Canadian Flag Flying at The Forks

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Winter In Winnipeg: A Photographic Entry.

With the Winter Olympics just under a week away in Vancouver I thought it fitting to hit the road today and take a little drive through town.  Camera in hand, happily snapping pictures detailing a typical winter’s weekend day here in Winnipeg.

Festival Du Voyageur is also only a week or so away and the town is in high gear prepping for our French Canadian Winter Festival.  This means one thing, above all. Snow sculptures!

Manitoba Hydro: Dinosaurs in a Canoe

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The 1000th Hit Super Happy Funtime Spectacular!

Wow 1000 hits!!!!

I know it doesn’t seem like many but to me it screams success.  I can remember just a few scant months ago I sat down not knowing a thing about blogging or even if I could attract an audience at all.  I thought to myself am I taking on more than I could chew by starting this.  Would I be able to sustain my goal of posting at least 2-3 times a week??

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