UMEARTH will be conducting an energy efficiency study at Festival du Voyageur this year. Students will be setting up temperature sensors throughout each tent. These temperature sensors will be recording data about the temperature inside the tent, in order to be compared to the temperature outside. This data will help us determine exactly how much heat is being lost. After all the data is collected and reviewed, we will provide recommendations for better insulation and alternative energy sources to help the historic festival become more sustainable.
About Festival du Voyageur
Festival du Voyageur is an annual winter festival held every February since 1970 in Saint-Boniface, which has an average of 95,000 visitors from across the globe. The festival is known for its traditional French-Canadian food, music, and heritage.
The festival is operated by Festival du Voyageur Inc, a non-profit community organization. Its mandate is to promote "joie de vivre", or joy of living, and extend the reach of French language and culture through voyageur era art, historical and cultural experiences, and education.
Tents are put up around historic Fort Gibraltar. Highlights of the festival include music, children’s activities, a rich interpretive program, a Beard Growing Contest, Fiddling & Jigging Contests, and the International Snow Sculpting Symposium.