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 array of foods 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! Back this year: our signature French Lumberjack Ale, courtesy of Yellow Dog Brewing, Festival du Bois’ official beer supplier. New this year: C'est si Bon. Stop by their food truck to try their famous Boeuf Bourguignon and other delish menu items.
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: $7 (adults) & $3 (children) – not included in admission. Your breakfast is prepared by Our Lady of Fatima Knights of Columbus.
ARTISAN & COMMUNITY KIOSKS
In addition to being the centre of amazing music at Festival du Bois, the Grand Chapiteau (Big Tent) is also where 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, and Grrl Bear graphic has handmade cards, magnets and bear prints. Treat your sweet tooth at Coconama Chocolate, or at preserves by Janet Percy. And to ensure you’re attired in true Festival-du-Bois-style, don a traditional Québécois sash and stop by Froggers for a handmade froggy toque, 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 Métis Association, Canadian Parents for French, Société historique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Reso-Santé and Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique.
THE IMPROV LEAGUE
Saturday & Sunday in the Youth Zone
The Franco-Columbian Improv League (LIFC) is back this year to perform improv matches full of humour and energy.
The improv teams are composed of students attending francophone schools in the whole province, ready to compete in order to win the prestigious LIFC tournament.
From funny jokes to moments of emotion, the comedians are going to transport you to the world of improv, where humour has no limit.
You will be amazed by their spontaneity, repartee and imagination.
This year, the participants have never been more prepared. You can expect a quality show. Be prepared to laugh, cry, be scared and touched. But above all, do not forget the comedians destiny is between your hands : you will be the ones deciding who is going to be the winners of the LIFC 2017 trophee!
It's a treasure hunt and a voyage through Maillardville's history – all in one!
Find caches in Mackin Park and beyond that 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.
VANCOUVER AQUARIUM AQUAVAN
Presented by Heritage Canada
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.
Step back in time to circa 1913 Maillardville, and visit Magasin Général 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 and animated by textile artist Joanne Plourde, this is a unique opportunity to relive history. Come in and participate in post office-type activities, and experience a warm feeling of community.
Also part of this journey through time is the Voyageur Tent, where songs of bygone eras can still be heard. Louis, Roger, Anna, Jim and Gerry, along with finger-weaver Mechtild, will take you on a trip back to the Maillardville and Canada of the past. What better way to celebrate the 150th birthday of our nation
AND THERE'S MORE!
Have fun getting your face painted in the CSF Tent, create crafts, play some games, and frolic with some cool characters roaming the park: look for Émilie Leclerc (aka Gretta), Isabelle Kirouac, Danielle & Michèle, and Lison Clochette.
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