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LaSalle Rendez Vous Voyager Living History Festival
September 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - September 21, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
The Lasalle Rendez Vous Voyager Festival, a living history festival commemorating the town’s local history, takes place at Gil Maure Park on September 20 & 21, 2019.
Join the Town of Lasalle as they explore the 1600-1700’s to commemorate their local history including First Nations, Métis and French cultures. This two-day living history festival will feature:
Drumming, Jigging and Music on Stage, Re-enactments, Interactive Displays and Activities, Voyageur Encampments, Ancient Lacrosse Demonstrations, Traditional Cuisine, Unique Vendors and Merchants. Grand finale – Pryro-Musical Fireworks Show
About the Event
Visitors are invited to step back in time to the 17th and 18th century and life in the Town of LaSalle, the oldest continuous European settlement in Ontario, and experience encampment life along the shores of the Detroit River.
New to the Town of LaSalle, Rendez-vous Voyageur will commemorate their Francophone heritage and culture, including French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, who helped to establish the early trading routes and settlement areas along the Detroit River. Visitors will enjoy an authentic early French settler encampment experience and learn more about the life and history of the Anishinaabe Natives and the Métis.
Rendez-vous Voyageur is a two-day living history festival that will feature authentic re-enactments, interactive displays and a wide range of demonstrations! Come ready to explore a voyageur encampment, make a birchbark canoe, participate in an ancient lacrosse game, taste traditional cuisine, shop unique merchants and experience the French and First Nations cultures from 300+ years ago.
Friday, September 20 is the official education day focusing on students and seniors with activities taking place at Gil Maure Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity participate in a number of interactive activities including ancient lacrosse, drum circle, a Métis museum of artifacts over 300 years old, folk singing and jigging, pow wow demonstrations, re-enactments, entertainment, crafts, demonstrations and more.
Saturday, September 21 the festivities continue with a full day of activities, starting at 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The official opening ceremonies happen at 10:30 a.m. featuring a pow-wow demonstration and smudging ceremony, even more food vendors, plus a pyro-musical fireworks finale on the river.
September 20, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
September 21, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission is Free
FREE all day LaSalle Transit Service (regular schedule):
Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21
FREE Express Shuttle between the Vollmer Complex and Gil Maure Park:
Saturday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.