Voyageur pants

Winnipeg architect Etienne Gaboury's design is a pair of inverted voyageur pants. (CBC)


Windshield, by Kate Busby and Bella Totino of Vancouver, is a five-metre tall wind vane based on the birch bark canoe that would travel down Winnipeg's river systems back in the fur trading days. (CBC)

Pool noodles, red blankets, a reflective box, a pair of oversized inverted voyageur pants and a giant section of birch bark canoe will welcome visitors along Winnipeg's River Trail this winter.

The Forks unveiled the winning designs for the 2014 warming huts on Tuesday.

Chosen from among nearly 200 entries from around the the world, the six designs will be built over a few weeks in January then placed along the skating trail.

Winnipeg architect Etienne Gaboury designed a hut that pays homage to the voyageurs and the 45th season of Winnipeg's iconic Festival du Voyageur.

The piece is a pair of inverted pants with the voyageur sash.

"I thought of the voyageurs and how the voyageurs — they walked miles and miles — carry very little, other than their clothes. So it's their clothes that became the warming huts," Gaboury said.