The Qualicum Beach Legion invites you to their annual New Year’s Day Levée! This event is held in collaboration with Quality Foods and the Town of Qualicum Beach. Come join in with welcoming members of the community with refreshments, finger food, music by Bruce Feltham and the Qualicum Beach Pipe Band, and dancing!
What’s a Levée, you ask? It’s a uniquely Canadian New Year’s Day tradition of receptions held by many Legion Branches, as well as the Canadian Forces, the Governor General of Canada, the Lieutenants Governor of the Provinces, the RCMP, and some municipalities. The first recorded Levée held in Canada was on January 1, 1646. It was held in the Château St. Lous by Charles Huault de Montmagny, who was Governor of New France (which would later become Québec) from 1636 to 1648. It was a way for the Governor to inform guests of significant events going on in France and the state of affairs within the colony, while also shaking hands with and wishing Happy New Year to those citizens arriving at the Château.
The tradition has been carried on by the British Colonial Governors in Canada and continues to this day.
Now you know!
Event Name: New Year’s Day Levée
Date: Monday, January 1, 2018
Time: 12pm to 3pm
Location: Qualicum Beach Legion, 180 Veterans Way, Qualicum
Contact: Qualicum Beach Legion
Official website: http://legion76.ca/