Listen and dance to amazing music, have tons of fun in the Youth Zone, wear yourself some plaid, and experience all that Festival du Bois has to offer all around Mackin Park over the weekend!
Bring your appetite! A delectable choice of world cuisines are on offer at the festival, including delicious traditional Québécois fare. Try some hearty tourtière, sumptuous poutine, smoked meat sandwiches, or dig in to some sinfully good maple sugar pie! Have a slice of crusty French bread from Olivier’s Breads. Sample some of the festival’s signature French Lumberjack Ale, courtesy of Yellow Dog Brewing, Festival du Bois’ official beer supplier.
Cabane à Sucre André Beauregard Sugar Shack
A visit to the festival is incomplete without a stop at the André Beauregard Sugar Shack for some maple taffy on snow, made right before your eyes with love.
Come to Mackin Park early on Sunday for some pancakes and maple syrup with all the fixin’s: $6 (adults) & $3 (children) – not included in admission. Your breakfast is prepared by Our Lady of Fatima Knights of Columbus.
ARTISAN & COMMUNITY KIOSKS
Stroll through the expanded array of booths in the Grand Chapiteau (Big Tent). There you’ll find the works of talented artisans for sale, along with info kiosks where you can learn about local francophone and community organizations.
Provence en Couleur offers soaps, olive wood items, and pottery from the South of France, Tojo Sticks and Bags sells canes, sticks and leather purses and bags, ByNature creates innovative indoor plant designs – plus there’s Coconama Chocolate, preserves by Janet Percy, as well as bread and other baked items from Olivier’s Breads.
And, so you’re totally Festival-du-Bois-stylin,’ don a traditional sash. Stop by Froggers for a handmade froggy touque, scarf, slippers, or tea cozy!
Visit the booths of local community groups and organizations to learn how they are working to make things better. The festival welcomes the Valley Metis Association, Canadian Parents for French, Société historique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique, and Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver.
THE IMPROV LEAGUE
Saturday & Sunday in the Youth Zone
The Franco-Columbian Improvisation League (LIFC) is back for another legendary improv tournament.
This year, teams from six schools: Gabrielle-Roy, Jules-Verne, Anse-au-sable, Victor-Brodeur, Carihi, and Pionniers-de-Maillardville will compete in a number of hilarious improvisations. The players will have to use their imagination, talent, and sense of humour to win you, the audience, over – and garner your votes. The art of good improvisation requires players to think quickly, be creative and cooperate, and have lots of fun. Come watch these young Francophone “actors” at play, and make your choice.
Which team will end up winning the oh-so-coveted LIFC trophy? The answer lies in your hands!
MAILLARDVILLE GEOCACHING NEW
It's a treasure hunt and a voyage through Maillardville's history – all in one!
In celebration of Coquitlam's 125th anniversary, caches in Mackin Park and beyond will tell the story of the founding and fascinating history of Maillardville. Gain new insights into the early settlers, the diverse cultures that contributed to this vibrant community, the events and people that made Maillardville what it is today. Go to geocaching.com to sign up.
The adventure begins at 11:30am, Saturday, March 5 at the Flaunt your Frenchness kiosk at the festival. Visit the booth for more info!
VANCOUVER AQUARIUM AQUAVAN NEW
Presented by BC Hydro
Saturday & Sunday, 11:00am to 4:30pm
Get up close and personal with live marine animals! Let the award-winning AquaVan connect you to the wondrous world of undersea life from the coast of BC. Touch a sea star, examine the spiky awesomeness of a sea urchin, and be amazed by the marine world.
THE PROULX GENERAL STORE AND POST OFFICE
Step back in time to circa 1913 Maillardville, and visit Magasin Proulx. The general store and post office owned by George Proulx was at the centre of village life at the time – the place to do your shopping, pick up your mail, and hear the latest news.
Created by textile artist Joanne Plourde, and hosted by the Voyageurs music group (transformed into Maillardville pioneers), this re-imagined store features old tunes being played, photographs, post office-related activities, and a warm feeling of community. Hear songs and stories with Louis Domingue, Roger Loubert, Joanne Plourde, finger-weaver Mechtild Morin, and Jim Smith.
AND THERE'S MORE!
Get your face painted, get crafty, play some games, and frolic with some cool characters you’ll discover roaming the park, like Émilie Leclerc (aka Gretta), Sand Northrup’s One Woman Circus, Isabelle Kirouac, Marcel Lebrun (also known as Tourbillon le Bouffon Bûcheron!), and Lexi Calbery.
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