Posted: December 14, 2020

The tradition of the levee started in the 17th century with King Louis XIV as his opportunity to welcome select subjects to his bedchamber at the start of a new day. The custom spread through Great Britain in the 18th century as a formal court reception hosted for men in the early afternoon.
The association between the levee and New Year’s Day began in Canada as this was the day that fur traders paid their respects to their government representatives.
The first formal Canadian levee was recorded on January 1, 1646 in the Chateau St. Louis by Charles Huault de Montmagny, the Governor of New France (later Québec). During the levee, Huault de Montmagny greeted residents and shared the state of affairs within the area.
Today, the format of the levee has changed considerably but the idea of having residents welcomed by their local government at the start of a New Year is alive and well in Petrolia.
Due to the COVID-19 world pandemic, the Petrolia Levee hosted by the Petrolia Heritage Committee will not proceed as it has for the past several years. This year’s levee and Petrolia Community Fund Grant presentations will be brought to the community as a video with greetings from Mayor R. Brad Loosley, Petrolia Heritage Advisory Committee Member, Marty Dillon and Community Micro Grant Presentations from Jane Anema, Executive Director, and fellow members of the Petrolia Community Fund.
The video will be published at 1:00 p.m. on January 1, 2021 and will be available via link on the Town website (www.town.petrolia.on.ca), on the Town of Petrolia You Tube Channel, or on the Town of Petrolia Facebook Page.  https://youtu.be/4QHrSPbJOhk 
The Town of Petrolia would like to thank the Petrolia Heritage Advisory Committee for their work to keep this tradition alive in Petrolia each year, and to the Petrolia Community Fund for their generosity.