Come discover what makes the inhabitants of this region so welcoming!
AT THE HEART OF SASKATCHEWAN'S FRANCOPHONE CULTURECome discover what makes the inhabitants of this region so welcoming!
St-Isidore-de-Bellevue is a 1-hour drive from Saskatoon. Its inhabitants are the proud descendants of French-speakers from Quebec, Acadia as well as Métis families born and raised in the area.
Domremy takes its name from the village in France where Joan of Arc was born. This proud French colony carries with it the dreams of many pioneers from France and elsewhere.
The village of St. Louis sits on the edge of the South Saskatchewan River and counts among its pioneers the first Métis families in the area.
The Center francophone BDS is proud to represent the Fransaskois communities of St. Isidore-de-Bellevue, Domremy and St Louis. Our region is one of the largest rural Francophone concentrations in Saskatchewan. We are located an hour drive northeast of Saskatoon and only 30 minutes south of Prince Albert. Our region is crossed by the South Saskatchewan River and is made up of rolling farmland and small lakes.
Our ancestors settled in 1871 in this region known nationally and internationally as the site of a decisive battle in 1885 between the Métis people and the armed troops of the Canadian government. The spirit of independence and resistance of these first inhabitants still characterizes the Fransaskois residents living today in this beautiful agricultural region.
Our ancestors would be proud to see that our region has remained a bilingual and dynamic place where life is good. We are proud of our distinct culture which goes back to our Quebec, Acadian, French and Métis roots, proud to belong to the Fransaskois community of Saskatchewan. We invite you to come and discover for yourself what makes the inhabitants of our region so friendly and our heritage so unique!
Proud of our French & Métis heritage
To learn the local history of our ancestors
THE BDS CULTURAL CENTER HOSTS FUN EVENTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!ACTIVITIES IN OUR REGION
Karaoke Night Friday !
Come sing your heart out
April 14th 2023 at 8 pm at LE CAPITAINE bar
Bellevue Moose Fest
Moose Fest will take place again on August 5th 2023 in Bellevue. There is a whole range of guest artists. To find out more or to book your tickets, click on the link.
Le Rendez-vous Community Center
Savor a delicious poutine at the friendly bistro, then cross the hall to access the cultural center where you can admire the magnificent wood carvings of the Gareau Brothers. Take a look at the local products on sale at the Centre's boutique and then go out to explore the "Trail of the Fransaskois legend"
ELSEWHERE IN THE PROVINCE
L'eau Vive - Fransaskois News
Twelve months a year, we offer a selection of French magazines for all tastes, books for children and adults, as well as films. Do not hesitate to come and say hello to us at the Rendez-Vous so that we can suggest books and films for you and your children!
Here is a list of all of our services.
Everything to make you happy SHOP
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR COLLABORATORS PHOTO CREDITS
We would like to thank everyone who contributed photos and videos to our new website! As some photos were found online, it was not always possible to obtain permission from the photographers and videographers. If anyone would like us to remove specific photos, or add a credit to your photo, please do not hesitate to contact us at the Center francophone BDS office.
We would particularly like to thank the following contributors:
Mark Poppen, Bellevue Archives, Jennie Baudais, Laurier Gareau, Nicolette Tournier, Paul Gareau, Sylvie Gaudet, Daniel Houle, The Saskatchewan Historical Society, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, L’Eau Vive.