Magical period, if there is one, it is the holiday season. We were looking for an activity that allows us to put fantasy in Christmas preparations. A visit to the land of imagination of the storyteller Fred Pellerin seems indicated.
Arrived at Saint-Élie de Caxton, 25km west of Shawinigan, we are expected at City Hall. We take place in carts pulled by tractors. The temperature is approaching -25C outside. Fortunately, blankets are provided. We travel the illuminated streets of Saint-Élie-de-Caxton with a CD narration of Fred Pellerin. The children 11 years old Jerome and 8 years Emile, who are not familiar with the “parlure (his funy way of talking and funy expressions too)” Fred Pellerin enjoy the colorful language of the storyteller. We pass through the elves, as it is well known that elves live in this village.
During our visit, we stop at the church where a brief history of the religious heritage is told by our accompanist and a video presentation of a tale of Fred Pellerin, rather touching, is presented. Children who do not have the opportunity to visit the churches are impressed by the grandeur of the place. This decision allows us to warm up.
We continue our journey through the streets of Saint -Élie, who has airs of celebration with all these colored lights. Next stop, the garage of Léo Déziel which closed its doors in 2009, but today serves as a showroom. Residents and Fred Pellerin wanted to make it a place of “jasage and remembrance.” Upon our entrance, we are greeted by a cartoonist sculpture of Fred Pellerin. An electric train runs through a miniature village, to the delight of my son, who examines all the details. It is also possible to admire the various elements of the set of the film Babine, whose tree of time as well as photos of the village of Saint-Élie-de-Caxton.
Back to the City Hall, we take our car to get to the tourist resort Floribell or dinner awaits us. Upon our arrival we are invaded by a warm and festive atmosphere. A buffet is served holiday season. The food is excellent. Children serves themself twice. For my part, I enjoyed the “poutine” in its caxtionienne. It is a dough ball stuffed with meat. Our meal was accompanied by the music of traditional ”GraveÔPortes”. A performance that leaves no one indifferent. Young and old leaves carried by the rhythm and dance on the dance floor in the center of the tables. Tourist Station allows you to stay in one of its rooms with views of the lake! Rink and snowshoeing and cross country skiing are available. For our part, after this magical evening, it is time to dream about the elves …
From December 7th, 2012 to January 2nd, 2013
52 chemin des Loisirs
Station Touristique Floribell
391, chemin du Lac Bell
Tel. : (819) 221-5731
Pontbriand-Fortier family, Mauricie region
Source: Familles D’aujourd’hui, Familles à bord, translate by Anick Giroux.
Originally published on Coeur en Fête Blog : December 1o 2012.