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Festival des Rameurs 2023

Every year, rain or shine, the crossing of the Bay of Chaleur brings thousands of people to the arrival site called "Place des Rameurs" to welcome these courageous rowers and these courageous rowers.

  July 05, 2023 -   July 09, 2023

 Petit-Rocher, NB

An exciting first announcement has been made for the 2023 edition of Festival des Rameurs: the Friday night country show will feature Hillbilly Deluxe, Jacques Comeau and Marc Babin! Tickets will be available soon. 

The full schedule for the 2023 edition of Festival des Rameurs will be available soon. 

About the Festival des Rameurs:

In 1967, on the occasion of the Centenary of the Confederation, the parish had a plan to organise the crossing of the «Baie des Chaleurs» by rowing boat. This event was such a success as came the desire to see it renewing yearly. In the reception given in favour of rowers, Mgr. Arthur Gallien, priest at that time, had assured us that we would have our Festival and that it would be called «Festival des Rameurs». The next year, in 1968, our Festival is born under the presidency of mister Edmond Boudreau with the help of Mgr. Gallien.

Every year, good or bad weather, the competition brings thousands of persons in the site of arrival called «Place des Rameurs» to welcome these audacious rowers.

Here are some points which marked the crossing. During one of the first crossings, a time of 3 hours and 27 minutes had been recorded what, in this epoch was a remarkable time. But with years and new technologies, record is now of 2 hours and 36 minutes and 07 seconds. This record was established in 1996 and is kept by The «Intermarché». It’s only since 1994 that the women participate in the race and the record is held by Roy’s Trucking with a time of 3 hours, 0 minute and 24 seconds.

Our festival is an annual sport and cultural event held for a five days surrounding the second Saturday of July, when we have our main activity of crossing the «Baie des Chaleurs», a distance about 35 kms (22 miles), from Bonaventure, Quebec to Petit-Rocher, N.-B.

In the course of the years, it was necessary to put back crossing sometimes because of the bad weather, but no major incident arrived during these tests.


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