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At the St-Jean-Baptiste/Fête Nationale celebration in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, Volunteers recited a patriotic tribute to Québec and its flag, highlighting the diversity of the people of the province. From left to right are Sylvie Prénovost, Jordanne Charbonneau, Elaine Maher, Jacqueline Richer, Gabriel Garcia, and David Bédard. Photo: James Morgan

Grenville-sur-la-Rouge celebrates St-Jean-Baptiste/Fête Nationale

Thursday June 24 was St-Jean-Baptiste Day/Fête Nationale across Québec. As a hopeful sign of normal life returning, many communities held small celebrations.

In Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, there was food and entertainment at the north side of Camping de la Place Rouge on 148 by the banks of Rivière Rouge presented by the municipality. Volunteers recited a patriotic tribute to Québec and its flag, highlighting the diversity of the people of the province.

Resident and artist Jacques Charbonneau brought his large snakes and ladders board game called “Je me souviens” for visitors to enjoy. Each square depicts an important person or event in Québec history from indigenous communities and European settlement forward.

The warm, sunny weather also meant it was a busy day on the Camping de la Place Rouge beach and for boating on the Ottawa River.

Resident and artist Jacques Charbonneau brought his large snakes and ladders board game called “Je me souviens” to the celebration for visitors to enjoy. Each square depicts an important person or event in Québec history from indigenous communities and European settlement forward. David Bédard and Paul Gagné enjoyed the game while Charbonneau explained the various squares and their significance. Photo: James Morgan
The warm, sunny weather on St-Jean-Baptiste/Fête Nationale meant it was a busy day on the Camping de la Place Rouge beach and for boating on the Ottawa River. Photo: James Morgan

James Morgan

James Morgan is a freelance contributor. He has worked for several print and broadcast media outlets. James loves the history, natural beauty, and people of eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

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