A festival all about horses

The Festival St. Lazare au Galop offers family-friendly activities and even a jousting competition

The borough of St. Lazare has a long and proud equestrian heritage and to make horseback riding more accessible to families with young children, some locals decided to organize a festival all about horses.

The Festival St. Lazare au Galop kicks off July 1 and will feature several child-friendly activities, including pony rides, line dancing workshops, a petting zoo, inflatables and horse drawn carriage rides. Information on these noble steeds will be offered at the multiple expo booths, and visitors can browse the different artisan products and foods that will be sold onsite.

On July 2, spectators can travel back to medieval times during the Knights of Valour jousting competition. Dressed in full armour, the jousting troupe will perform different routines while battling each other until a winner is crowned. For the more musically inclined visitors, singer-songwriter Arianne Moffat will be performing at Bar Chez Maurice. Along with Canada Day fireworks on July 1, singer Donna Huber will perform a tribute to Canadian country star Shania Twain.

The festival takes place from July 1 to 3 with some activities around the equestrian park, 1330 Montée St. Lazare and others at Bedard Park, 1591 Bedard Ave. A horsedrawn carriage shuttle will be available to take visitors to and from the different festival zones. Admission is free, but there will be fees for certain activities.

For more information, visit augalop.ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca.