Hearing the words 'Water Lantern Festival' doesn't necessarily make me want to run out and buy a ticket, but seeing pictures of the festival in action does.
This is one of the most visually stunning events Quebec has to offer and it's coming to Oka Beach this fall.
Guests are invited to take part by releasing a lantern with their own wishes, dreams, or messages of happiness onto the water. Watching over a thousand glowing lanterns filled with strangers' personal hopes afloat on Lac des Deux Montagnes can quiet any cynical heart.
The event doors open at 4:30 PM on September 28. Each adult ticket includes a bracelet, a commemorative cord bag, a lantern, and a marker to write messages.
Some people write a simple message while others unleash their artistic prowess. But at 8 PM, once the lanterns are released, it really is a visual orgasm.
While the Lantern Festival is billed as a 'peaceful and memorable experience' there will still be music and food trucks on hand.
Tickets are $50 at the door, but you can get early bird prices by purchasing before September 15 ($38,99) or before September 27 ($42.99).
The festival has appeared in major cities around Canada. It's the perfect stage for reflection, openness, and sharing. And it's all done under the glow of tiki torches.
You can't bring your own lantern. The lanterns supplied by the event are made of wood and rice paper and are 100% ecological to keep the lakes safe. The hosts of the event also promise to collect any debris that may be left.
The custom airstream company in Montreal said Madonna's 1975 Airstream Sovereign 31' vehicle was designed in the likeness of a five-star hotel, featuring a custom leather couch and matching armchairs, retractable 50-inch TV monitors, a minibar and ice bin, heated floors, a tufted wall with custom light fixtures, a top-of-the-line sound system and custom under-carriage lights.
The RV even converts into a cigar lounge, built with a custom humidor and commercial air purifiers.
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It's not the first time the Montreal-based camper customization company has worked with Madge. It also partnered with her on a "personal project" she hosted in the Hamptons in 2014.
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"We woke up to a flood of phone calls, email and social media messages. People have been knocking down our door – it's been overwhelming in the best way possible. It's such an honour for our humble Québec company to add a little magic to Madonna's American Life!"
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The Québec Charlevoix resort has 302 rooms and a private five-star luxury space with 25 suites. Select rooms "channel" the colours of Quebec, according to the website, "with winter white, twilight blue, and yellow sun decor." There are also three restaurants and, of course, one of them features ski chalet favourites, such as fondue and raclette.
Guest get unlimited meals and beverages, and daily entertainment, as well as unlimited ski-in/ski-out access, lift tickets, and group ski and snowboard lessons included in the all-inclusive package. For additional costs, guests can also try out Quebec activities like ice-skating, dog sledding, and sugar shack visits during the winter or biking, hiking and whale watching during warmer months.
On Tuesday, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé tweeted that the COVID-19 situation in Quebec's Mauricie region was "worrying," particularly among unvaccinated and partially-vaccinated 18- to 30-year-olds, as cases in Mauricie–Centre-du-Québec jumped from 17 to 146 between July 22 and August 2.
"As elsewhere in the world, the recent increase in the number of cases is worrying," Legault tweeted.
"We will be announcing new measures in the coming days."
On August 4, the province reported a total of 184 new cases of COVID-19 in Quebec.