Martin C .Barry
Although all seven seven members of Rosemère’s town council attended the Winter Carnival on Feb. 8, the five shown in this picture are (from the left) Marie-Hélène Fortin, Stéphanie Nantel, Philip Panet-Raymond, Mayor Eric Westram and René Villeneuve.

Courageous and hardy were the more than 1,000 Rosemère residents, along with their elected municipal representatives, who braved the cold on Saturday Feb. 8 in Charbonneau Park, a few days after a major winter storm, to take part in the town’s annual Winter Carnival.
There was a full range of activities that included sleigh rides, inflatable games, snow sculptures and more. Rosemèrites came to enjoy the famous taffy on snow, while keeping toasty warm next to woodburning fire pits.

The “tyrolean traverse” was another fun thing to do at the Winter Carnival that drew long lines of children eager to be thrilled.

Snow lovers’ paradise

Some also brought their sleds and skates to take advantage of the giant slide and an outdoor rink on site. As well, the 49th Lorraine-Rosemère scout troop was on hand to offer participants refreshments.
“What more could we ask for than fresh snow,” said Mayor Eric Westram, noting that the weather is almost always very cold for the Winter Carnival, even though there have been years when it was just the opposite and rain came down in buckets.
“This is always a great opportunity to get out, to do a bit of exercise, to get some fresh air and enjoy some hot chocolate and maple candy,” Westram said.

The booth serving maple taffy on snow was also popular during this year’s Winter Carnival in Rosemère

Promoting Voilà Rosemère

He said the councillors came out to meet the community, but also to spread the word about the Town of Rosemère’s new digital platform Voilà Rosemère. Compatible with mobile devices and web browsers, the secure, user-friendly app lets residents access a wide range of important civic information all in one place.
An introductory training session on the Voilà! Rosemère app will be held during the Saturday March 14 Mayor’s Breakfast for anyone who could not make it to the carnival. Alternatively, residents can call the town at 450 621 3500, extension 1219, or write to communications@ville.rosemere.qc.ca if they have any questions about the new platform.