In communities across Canada, festivals are a popular way for
all people to gather, and Franco-Albertans are no exception.
The wave of immigrants at the turn of the 20th
century, specifically the French-speakers from Eastern Canada
and New England, brought their customs to Alberta, customs which
immigrants from France, Belgium or Switzerland could also
identify with. Local plays, choir competitions, concerts, maple
sugar festivals and the Saint-Jean Baptiste day celebrations
were activities in which all could participate.