CONTRIBUTION · 25th June 2012
St. Jean Baptiste Day has been celebrated in Quebec since 1636 as a cultural holiday: St. John the Baptist is the patron saint of French Canada. The historical holiday is being celebrated today, on Monday June 25th, between 1 and 6 p.m. at the Heritage Park Museum, hosted by L'Association des Francophones et Francophiles du Nord-Ouest (AFFNO). On the same day, at the same venue, we are celebrating the War of 1812.
Come up to Heritage Park Museum for a multitude of events and activities. At 1:30 there will be a re-enactment of the War of 1812 done by the students of Jack Cook School. This event will commemorate the bi-centennial of the war. Between 1:00 and 3:00 there will be door prizes for kids. At 2:00 there will be a historical scavenger hunt in French and English for children ages 5 to 7, 8 to 11, and 12 and up. Between 3:00 and 6:00 there will be door prizes for adults. At 4:30 there will be a performance by Skeena Skiffle. Throughout the day food will be sold, including poutine, Filipino food, and hot dogs.
“The event is open to all ages and includes French and English scavenger hunts. We are looking to have both French and English speakers come and enjoy the event,” explains Courtney Smaha, Bilingual Facilitator at Heritage Park Museum. “I am personally excited about the atmosphere of the event. We are able to provide Terrace with a multi-cultural celebration. I am excited about the music and the poutine!”
At Heritage Park Museum, we are kicking off a summer of bilingual tours with a bilingual event: we can now offer guided tours in French and English, thanks to funding from Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages. St. Jean Baptiste Day promises to be very fun and family-friendly, as many events will be enjoyable for people of all ages. Come out between 1:00 and 6:00 today to celebrate French heritage as well as Canadian pride!
Comment by Schumann on 27th June 2012
Thanks Jonny! This event was a LOT of fun!