2018: Baie de Beauport unveils an exciting summer lineup of activities for all

2018: Baie de Beauport unveils an exciting summer lineup of activities for all

Breeze into summer at Quebec City’s one and only urban beach

Quebec City, Thursday, June 21, 2018 – Today’s the day that the Baie de Beauport unveils its plans for the long summer of fun that’s just around the corner. There’s an exciting and diverse lineup of events on the calendar at the Sun Life Financial Oasis here that will keep families, kids and adults coming back for more. We’ve given the site a little makeover and packed the program full of fun to make this summer at Quebec City’s urban beach better than ever before. The secret’s well and truly out now: the Baie de Beauport is the cool spot in town, where you can kick back and relax with your toes in the sand just five minutes away from the city streets!

A better experience all round

“This summer, we decided to focus on delivering a better overall experience for all visitors to the Baie de Beauport before bringing big-name events and huge crowds back to the site. That’s why we made some key decisions to keep the regulars happy with a few new features that will focus everything right at the heart of this place, where people want to be—on the beach!” said Patrice Drouin, President of Gestev, which manages the Baie de Beauport site. The beach is where you’ll find the Bay’s famous food truck, now operated by the team from TV chef Ann-Rika Martin’s O’Ravito café relais, as well as the ever-popular La Bûche glacée ice cream parlour, Disaronno bar and—new for this year—the Boutique de la Baie beach shop run by Sport Radical. And because Mother Nature doesn’t always play ball with the weather, there’s a plan B for nearly every activity on the calendar if it rains—either doing it again another day or moving the action inside the main building.

New event rental space

Ever wished you could recreate that fun house party feeling right at the beach? You’ll be happy to hear that La Vigie, our brand-new event space at the Baie de Beauport on the second floor of the building beside our fancy new terrace, is just the ticket. It’s big enough to host 20 to 50 guests and fully furnished in casual chic, making it the perfect spot for a soirée to remember. With a private terrace and sweeping views of the water, La Vigie is a great space for an alfresco BBQ party too. We have your every need covered thanks to our Groupe Resto Plaisirs, our official caterer for corporate events here at the Baie de Beauport.

A diverse program that’ll keep you coming back for more

The Baie de Beauport has something for everyone, no matter how old you are, where you’re from or whatever floats your boat. Our 2018 event program is full of activities for every taste. If you’re headed to the beach by the city, you’re looking to relax and have fun, right? We know how young adults like to work hard and party even harder, so we’ve made the Baie de Beauport the kind of place you want to be. Like live music? Watch this space for a diverse lineup of shows over four Thursdays this summer that are sure to get the crowds all fired up. The first night of live music is just around the corner—this Thursday, June 28, SORAN (La Voix IX) takes to the stage. Check out Plug and Play from 3 to 6 every Saturday of the summer for acoustic live music on the beach with musicians including Jesse Proteau, Thierry Gomez, Le comité (Amélie No) and David Paradis. This Friday, June 29, you won’t want to miss the Canadian premiere of surf legend Andy Irons’s movie Kissed by God, presented by Ouisurf right here on the beach!

There’s something for fitness junkies and yoga fans too! Starting Saturday, June 2, Cœur à l’ouvrage is offering free Zumba on the beach, classes as part of its creative approach to helping people build fitness and healthy habits into their lives. Courtesy of Lululemon and Yoga Dandelion, there’ll be three mornings of yoga on the beach once a month, as well as BAIEFEST, a huge yoga festival on August 4 in conjunction with the Baie de Beauport team. What’s more, starting June 3, La Plage studio is rolling out a range of SUP fitness classes on paddleboards. Once you’re done with all that, you’ll want to let your hair down at one of our beach parties hosted by Blue Mambo Latin dance school most Sundays of the summer!

Last but not least, there’s lots of family fun in store again this summer. Starting July 8, watch out for creative art and crafts workshops on different days of the week, courtesy of La génératrice. There’s another way to bring out your kids’ creative side too with Avive and their completely legal graffiti art workshops! Another sweet surprise for this year: the flying trapeze will be free to try out every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

To keep the “free” theme going, this Saturday, June 24 it’s the first Sun Life Financial Open Day at the Baie de Beauport! Access to the site will be free of charge for all, and there’ll be lots of fun activities for kids and adults to enjoy courtesy of the Sun Life Sun Squad—not just that day but also every weekend, all summer long.

Making life a breeze for watersports fans too

Members of the Baie de Beauport watersports centre won’t be disappointed by the activities on the water this summer! Sailors will be keen to check out the Jeux du Québec regatta qualifiers on July 7 to celebrate the province-wide Fête du nautisme watersports day. Then on July 11, the first round of regattas gets underway for sailors and windsurfers, followed by more racing on July 25, August 8 and August 22. The Circuit du Québec Regatta is a fixture on the calendar for August 5, and the annual Classique de la Baie wraps up the season in style on September 22. Buoyed by the popularity of previous years, Baie de Beauport sailing camps are also back this summer to give youngsters age 5–17 the chance to hone their sailing skills and explore the waters of the St. Lawrence!

Quebec City Triathlon at the Baie de Beauport

This September 23 marks the first-ever Quebec City Triathlon at the Baie de Beauport. To give swimmers a chance to train all season long, we’ve set up a special swim lane separate from the public swimming area. Mark your calendars too for September 8 and sign up for a special swim and bike training session with Bruno Savard, the official spokesperson of the event.

Odyssée day camps at the Baie de Beauport

For another year running, the Baie de Beauport is pleased to join forces with Odyssée day camps to host a fresh, varied and improved series of camps to keep the fun flowing for kids in and around the local area. No fewer than ten specialized programs are on offer through the renowned Baie de Beauport sailing camp, all under the expert guidance of Odyssée camps. Kids will have fun trying their hand at everything from watersports to Katag, photography, circus arts, fitness classes and nutrition sessions. There’s still time to sign up online at www.camps-odyssee.com.

To see the full 2018 season event program for the Baie de Beauport, visit www.baiedebeauport.com

About the Baie de Beauport

Tucked away in the Port of Quebec, the Baie de Beauport is a true oasis just 5 minutes from downtown Quebec City. It’s the perfect place to escape from the daily grind, with its sandy beach and unique views of the St. Lawrence, as well as being the only place in the city where swimmers can enjoy the river. As well as being a big draw for watersports enthusiasts with their own gear—think kayaking, paddleboarding, kiteboarding and more—Baie de Beauport has its own sailing school and watersports centre. And there’s no shortage of things to do for landlubbers either, with volleyball and bocce ball courts, soccer pitches and a bike pumptrack, not to mention a water playground, picnic areas aplenty and a food truck that’s one of a kind in Quebec City.

About Sun Life Financial

Sun Life Financial Inc. is a leading international financial services organization providing insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individual and corporate clients. Sun Life Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of June 30, 2017, Sun Life Financial had total assets under management of $944 billion. For more information please visit www.sunlife.com.

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

About Gestev

Founded in 1992, Gestev is a dynamic event management company specializing in happenings that make their mark locally as well as on the world stage. Over the years, Gestev has raised event management and production standards by adding a party twist to high-calibre sporting events, including music shows and live entertainment, while making competitions accessible to all. Jamboree, Red Bull Crashed Ice, Vélirium, Ski Tour Canada and Transat Québec Saint-Malo are just a few of the major events organized by Gestev, which also manages the Baie de Beauport recreational site. Gestev is certified under the BNQ 9700-253 standard for responsible event management. Gestev manages the Baie de Beauport site, which is owned by the Port of Quebec.

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