The Flying Canoe Festival is a definite Yegventures pick for winter festivals to attend. It’s only in its 5th year, but it exceeded all expectations as being hands-down the most ‘Canadian’ festival in Edmonton.
The Francophone-Metis influenced festival has its setting in Mill Creek Ravine and the French Quarter. La Cite in the French Quarter is one of two sites of the festival. Sleigh rides bring visitors to the ravine site where illuminating artist installations, a Francophone tent, and a Metis village await.
The festival returns to the Mill Creek Ravine this Friday and Saturday (Feb 3 & 4, 2017). While La Cite is handicap accessible, the ravine trails are not. More info here.
It’s also a short distance from Ice on Whyte Festival, so why not see Ice On Whyte during the day, head to Flying Canoe, and return to see Ice On Whyte at night (you can get a same-day return stamp upon exit)?
Here is a video from 2015. Other than the new camera being tested too dim, this is definitely flying high as one of the great winter festivals in Edmonton.
Note: The festival is marketed as Flying Canoe Volant. Canoe Volant just means Flying Canoe in French.