Come out and enjoy winter at Sainte-Rose en Blanc
Laval officials have unveiled the program for Sainte-Rose en Blanc — the city’s annual winter carnival — an event that is virtually guaranteed to cheer up residents just when they need it most. And, hey, how about this — everything is free.
“Each year it is a pleasure to invite you come take part in our winter activities, but mostly to come have fun as a family and appreciate as many activities indoors as there are outdoors,” Denis Robillard, the Laval city councillor for the district of Sainte-Rose, said during a press conference held in Sainte-Rose on Jan. 19.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Feb. 4 to 13, the historic Vieux Sainte-Rose neighbourhood will be coming alive with indoor and outdoor wintertime activities, with some of the action spilling over into the nearby Rivière-des-Mille-Îles park. The ambiance, especially during the evenings, is magical, and even if it is cold out you’ll soon forget it while dancing along with the hundreds of people who attend.
Romance in the air
Taking place in a part of Laval that is recognized for its historic and heritage significance, the festivities will have an unmistakably romantic theme, as the mid-winter darkness parts to make way for merrymaking. People who have been confined indoors since December get a chance to come out and breathe freely in the crisp and cold air.
The official opening of the festivities will be on Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Berge des Baigneurs behind Sainte-Rose de Lima church. As is the case every year, there’ll be a spectacular fireworks display, set off from positions out over the Rivière des Mille Îles. That same evening after the fireworks, you’ll be able to warm up quickly in the church where there’ll be a concert by the Gitans de Sarajevo. The group is made up of musicians from eastern Europe and from Quebec.
Sainte-Rose en Blanc’s main entertainment event will be a concert on Feb. 11 at 8:30 p.m. given by performer/songwriter Anne Bisson, who established her name playing one of the lead roles in the 1987 version of the hit Québécois musical Starmania. Bisson will be performing cuts from her latest album, Blue Mind, a sampling of which she performed for the media during the Jan. 19 press conference.
Some of the other interesting things taking place during this two-weekend event include snow-sculpture workshops (mornings and afternoons every day), a cardio-vascular exercise activity using snow sleds (10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Feb. 5 and 6), horse-drawn sleigh rides (at various times every day), and dog sled rides (afternoons on Feb. 5 and 6).