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Review of the 78th FICC Rally Montmagny (Quebec), Canada

As it had been announced on this website, this year the FICC Rally was celebrated in Montmagny, in the French Canadian region, an excellent event with unforgettable moments,
from 26th of July to 5th August 2012

Participating data
Adults
2204
Children
121
Total number of people
2325

Number of units
1089

Participating countries
Belgium
Bulgaria
Canada
China
Finland
France
Germany
Hungary
Ireland
Japan
Luxembourg
Poland
Portugal
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Taiwan
The Netherlands
Turkey
USA

Organization
The 78th FICC Rally Montmagny (Quebec), Canada, has been organized by the FQCC (Fédération Quebecois de Camping et de Caravaning), an association with wide experience in organizing rallies. Although they expected more participation, if one considers the European crisis, the event was a great success, out of 1089 units only 91 –over 200 people– came from Europe.

Location
The Rally was located in the city of Montmagny, a privileged place about 300 meters from the city centre or downtown, as it is called in English American, with shops, supermarkets, restaurants and many other services.
Montmagny, the place where the Rally was celebrated, is located north west of Notre-Dame mountains, (section of Chaudière-Appalaches), on the Saint-Lawrence river. The city is separated by the South River, where a smaller river flows named Bras-Saint-Nicolas. These two rivers cause the flow to become falls, which subsequently flow into the Saint-Lawrence.

Entertainment
The event was enlivened every night with different groups, some of them well known in the Canadian national scene. The organizers made ​​an effort to provide varied entertainment during the Rally and they really succeeded. it was an occasion to be remembered by all the participants.
There were guided tours to Quebec, whale watching cruise and islands, gala dinner, exhibitions every day, folk country dancing and fitness among other activities. Indeed the Rally will be remembered by all participants.

Facilities
The installation and buildings were quite appropriate, like the Nicole Pavilion where the reception was located, offices and a restaurant serving breakfasts and fast food every day as well as other places with beer wines, soft drinks, etc. The Arena was the main building for attractions and general entertainment. Free Wi-Fi was available in the main reception area. A shuttle service operated within the Rally for those wishing to go around and participate in different activities. Medical attention was present on the site at all times. A lot of volunteers collaborating with the organizers were helping participants; in short, an excellent Rally.

Appreciation
Certainly we have to admit that Canadian or American rallies are different than ours, especially regarding to efficiency and comfort.
As an American rally, this one had a display of beautiful RV's, large motorhomes, caravans and enormous 5th wheels. Impossible to compare with our meetings or rallies. A special feature is the system of water supply, discharge of grey water and sewage, as everything is connected directly to the motorhome or caravan, thus participants don’t need to worry about those common duties for European motorcaravanners.
It is also important to note that the organizers of such events are capable of preparing a Rally in any location, not necessarily in a campsite. They use an adaptable piping system for fresh water; grey and black water are pumped into containers thus making it work as a sewer system (avoiding the sometimes unpleasant odors). Once again, it was a very good work performed by the FQCC.
For more pictures of Rally, click below
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