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A Touch of Europe on the Prairies
Have you ever visited the little slice of France in rural Saskatchewan that is Gravelbourg? No? Well, you don’t know what you’re missing. This charming Francophone town is home to some unique history, amazing food, beautiful architecture and fun events; it’s time to put it on your list of places to visit.
Our travel bloggers, Carla and Alex, were lucky enough to be in town during the annual Summer Solstice Festival and took full advantage of their time there. A visit to Café de Paris, a quaint restaurant on Main Street was the first stop on their list. Prepared fresh, the café offers a menu of healthy sandwiches and salads with a specialty coffees and other drinks to choose from; the milkshakes come highly recommended.
After fueling up a stroll down Main Street was in order to take in the sights, sounds and shopping! One of the highlights in town is Our Lady of Assumption Co-Cathedral Notre Dame. Built in 1918, this national historic site features paintings by Monsignor Charles Mallard and Rault stained glass. A stop at Styles is also a must: pick up a bottle opener, a pair of flip flops or a high-end hand bag - this store is full of surprises.
The Summer Solstice Festival is a celebration of arts, culture, music and, most importantly, food! Alex and Carla visited the International Food Festival and filled up on specialities from Mexico, Jamaica, Philippines, and Africa; all so delicious! Throughout the evening Mexican dancers showed off their moves through latin dances, including salsa. The evening ended with a dance for the entire community. The second day of the festival was full of music including performances by Belle Plaine, Kyssi Wete and The Washboard Union. Definitely an event worth a visit if you’re in the area that time of year.
And before you leave town, don’t forget to pick up some famous, locally made Gravelbourg Mustard.