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Voyageur Winter Carnival closes after successful weekend

The region finally saw more snow leading up to the Winter Carnival, which helped transform the fort into a literal winter wonderland.

THUNDER BAY – With so many events happening this weekend, including the Ontario Winter Games, organizers for another local event were thrilled with the turnout of families, especially on Sunday.

The 2024 Voyageur Winter Carnival held annually by Fort William Historical Park saw hundreds of guests pass through the north gate -- with Sunday morning’s turnout meeting Saturday’s total turnout within the first hour.

Emily Carr, communications officer at the park, said she thinks the biggest draw at the carnival was maple taffy, but every guest seemed to have their own favourite thing to do.

“I just heard a kid yell out how excited they were to smell the fires we've got going as they came down the nature trail,” said Carr.

“Obviously, farm animals are always a huge draw any time of year. I'm really excited for the dog sleds today, actually. I'm so excited.”

The region received some more snow leading up to the Winter Carnival, which helped transform the Fort into a literal winter wonderland.

“We’re pretty happy, actually,” Carr said. “Even if there had been less snow, we still would have come up with fun things for people to do no matter really what time of year it is and what Mother nature presents to us.”

Justin Hardy

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Justin Hardy is a reporter born and raised in the Northwest.
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