2019 Beard Growing Contest

Home of the wildest, itchiest beards on the prairies

Our annual Beard Growing Contest consists of 4 categories and is open to men AND women. In the previous 5 years, the Bear Growing Contest has raised over $8 500 for the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Registration for the 2019 Clean Shaven category of the Beard Growing Contest will take place December 19th and 20th at the Festival du Voyageur offices (233, Provencher blvd) from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Contestants in this category must arrive with a clean shaved face. 

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By registering for the Clean Shaven category, contestants will let their beard grow for 8 weeks before the Festival du Voyageur Beard Growing Contest! All contestants will also be asked to raise funds for the Heart & Stroke Foundation during their ten-week growing efforts. The Heart and Stroke pledge form can be downloaded here.

Registration dates for 2019 will be posted on this page shortly.

To take part in this category, a participant doesn’t have to be able to grow a beard, all he or she has to do is show their originality and create their own beard! The contestant with the most creative beard will take home the grand prize. Please note that all participants must be 18 and over to participate in the contest.

The Voyageur beard is the oldest category of all, celebrating its 35th birthday this year. In this category, contestants must naturally grow their beard, as long and as thick as they can, without help from chemicals or drugs. Please note that extensions and/or artificial coloration are not allowed. You are not allowed to use hairstyling product.

Let your imagination run wild with the groomed mustache or beard category! Here you are allowed to use hairstyling product to craft your beard or moustache in the most imaginative way possible… you can even have the help of a stylist if you’d like! Please note that extensions and/or artificial coloration are not allowed.

Please note that ALL contestants participating in any category may raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


Registration takes place in person the night of the event (except for Clean Shaven category). There is no cost to register, however all contestants will need to pay their admission to Voyageur Park.  Participants who raise more than $100 in donations will be reimbursed their admission costs.

Register as of December 19