With roots in the French-Canadian heritage, history, and community of Maillardville and area, Festival du Bois has grown to become British Columbia’s largest and most popular celebration of Francophone music, dance, craft, food, and culture. In a program rich with a variety of entertainment for the whole family, the festival also features a roster of the finest Québécois, Francophone, folk, world and roots music artists performing today. Here are five reasons we think you should go:

1. The fun all happens beneath the Grande Chapiteau (Big Tent) and other big heated tents in Mackin Park in Maillardville/Coquitlam so you don’t have to worry about the weather (rainy or cold).

2. Step back in time inside a replica of the original Canada Post station in Magasin Proulx, Maillardville’s general store and “meet” some of the community’s original pioneers.

3. This is family-friendly entertainment with a general admission ticket getting you in to see all the Festival’s attractions and entertainment.

4. The Festival features a large g roster of free entertainment included with your ticket including eclectic, stomping folk-country group Les Chercheurs d’Or from Québec, the dynamic kitchen-party music from Le Bal à l’huile, and Locarno, a blend of Mexican sound with accents of Cuban Son, folk music, pop and funk.

5. Not just entertainment, festival-goers can also wander Mackin Park to learn about Maillardville and its history, participate in fun activities, shop, and indulge their taste buds with delicious tourtière, maple taffy on snow, homemade poutine and even sample the festival’s signature, and newly brewed French Lumberjack Ale.

The 2015 Festival Du Bois takes place February 28 and March 1 at Mackin Park in Maillardville/Coquitlam. For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://festivaldubois.ca.