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2018 Voyageur Winter Carnival

Fred Rasmussen and Pier-Luc Trepanier double up on a freestyle jump. Photo: Alyssa Lloyd
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2018 Voyageur Winter Carnival

Fred Rasmussen and Pier-Luc Trepanier double up on at a freestyle event. Photo: Alyssa Lloyd

Don't miss out on this year's snow maze, snowmobile stunts, tubing hills and so much more (including learning how to shoot a musket)! This event is for the whole family, groups of friends, and everyone in between!

Fort William Historical Park's Voyageur Winter Carnival is always a huge hit in the city of Thunder Bay. This year, they've added even more incredible events and activities to their three-day event. 

February 17, 18, and 19 join in on the fun at Fort William Historical Park everyday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Below are just some of the highlights you can expect to see and take part in at the Carnival

Snowmobile Stunt Show  

There will be a Snowmobile Stunt Show featuring Fred Rasmussen and Brody Wilson. As X Games competitors, Rasmussen and Wilson will perform freestyle stunts over the Kaministiquia River! 

Every day of the event at 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:00 pm. 

Ice Racing Demonstrations on the Kam

The Thunder Bay Autosport Club will be presenting ice racing demos on the Kaministiquia River! Watch the cars go head to head on a full oval ice track. 

Ice Races happen Monday, Feb. 19 at 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm

A Snow Maze! 

Entertainment and adventure! Try the snow maze during your visit to the Voyageur Winter Carnival 

Explore your sense of direction and wit but venturing into the oversized snow maze. Fun and challenging for all ages!

This activity is open every day from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. 

Tubing Hills 

Fort William Historic Park went out of their way to make this activity available to all ages by including a gentler hill for smaller children.  But never fear, you can still have your fun on the bigger hill!

This activity is open every day from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. 

Be prepared to make many trips up and down the tubing hills! 

Contests, Games & Live Entertainment 

Try your hand at least one of the many games the Carnival will be offering. Have you ever tried Moose Skiing? Better bring your friends, family, and balance for this one! What about sawing a log at record speeds? 

There will be a name-the-baby-animal contest as well! 

Other Activities 

There will be a wide range of additional indoor and outdoor activities all weekend long. 

Experience the pure joy of sugar shack maple syrup at the cabana à sucre! You can purchase taffy treats and learn more about the process of maple syrup. 

Horse Drawn Wagon rides will be happening every day, so will skating on the Kam River so don’t forget your skates! 

For a two-dollar donation you can try firing a historic musket with the Canadian Corps of Voyageurs. 

Learn how to fire a historical musket! This is a very popular activity! 

Try your hand at graffiti on the snow wall, winter golfing, curling, and snowshoeing as well! 

There will be giant puzzles, snow sculptures, a games room with oversized games, a craft station, and much more! 

Some historic buildings such as the Anishinaabe, Apothecary, and Wintering house will be open. 


Weekend Passes: 

Adult: $20 

Student: $16 

Senior (60+): $16  

Youth (ages 6 to 12): $16 

Children (ages 5 and under): Free! 

Daily Pass: 

Adult: $10

Student: $8

Senior (60 +): $8

Youth (ages 6 to 12) : $8

Children (ages 5 and under): Free!

Curling, a quintessential Canadian sport that is MUCH more fun than it looks! 

What to Bring 

  • A lot of the main events and activities are outside so be sure to dress for the weather! 
  • Ice Skates and/or sleds 
  • Cash, though there is an ATM in the Visitor Centre 

Items of Note 

  • Skating and curling rinks will be closed during the Snowmobile Stunt Shows and Autosport Ice Races
  • Food vendors are at this event. No outside food allowed unless visitor has a dietary restriction.
  • Hockey sticks are not allowed. 
  • Pets are not permitted at this event (just think of all that yellow snow). 
  • Activities are subject to change in case of extreme weather conditions. 

Contact Information for this Event 

For more information please email info@fwhp.ca or call 807-473-2344

You can also visit Fort Williams Historical Park at fwhp.ca 

The Fort William Historical Park is proud and excited to bring the Voyageur Winter Carnival to the people and visitors of Thunder Bay! 

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