Car show boosts Ste. Anne’s reputation as tourist destination

Anthony Abbondanza
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The annual car show in Ste. Anne de Bellevue is expected to draw more classic, muscle, and vintage cars than usual, as well as enthusiasts and their families.

One of the West Island’s premiere events is returning to the quaint town of Ste. Anne de Bellevue.

Over 500 muscle and classic cars and hotrods are expected to line the infamous Ste. Anne Street next month during the sixth annual Classic Car and Hot Rod Show.

This year, over 20,000 Quebecers – up from last year’s total of 18,000 – are expected to descend on Ste. Anne for the family-friendly event on June 14, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – vintage cars, music from 50’s and 60’s, sidewalk sales, and inflatable games and all.

The event, which attracts car aficionados from across the province, will cement the town’s reputation as a tourist destination, said the car show’s organizer.

“It boosts the reputation as a place to go and visit,” said Jennifer Pragai, owner of Pragai Couture and board member of the Ste. Anne Street merchants' association.

Along with a Wednesday concerts series, a multitude of summer festivals, and a weekly growing farmers market, why wouldn’t West Islanders visit the quaint, waterfront town, said Pragai, who’s been busy organizing the car show since last fall. 

According to Pragai, organizers made a conscious decision to add more activities for children and women. “We definitely tried to make it more family-friendly. We’re encouraging restaurants to offer street food and local merchants to have sidewalk sales,” she added.

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The event is also expected to boost some merchants' fortunes after a tough winter.

Jean-Claude Provost, president of the Ste. Anne Street merchants association, told The Chronicle last week “it was a tough and cold winter.”

The owner of Au Bout de l’Isle said a few merchants approached him with news of their misfortune, associated with poor weather.

Pragai agreed Ste. Anne is a weather-dependent town, but fell short of saying merchants on Ste. Anne Street struggled. “It isn’t necessarily struggling because I think we’re doing quite well,” said Pragai.

In fact, the Pragai Couture owner said business on the street “is growing.” After the end of a two-year roadwork project, which brought hard times to local merchants, the area, she said, is now stronger than ever.

For more information on the sixth annual Classic Car and Hot Rod Show, visit crusinattheboardwalk.ca.

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Organizations: The Chronicle

Geographic location: West Island

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