Getaway and Explore a 17th century historic site
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, Midland
Visitors coming to Sainte-Marie among the Hurons marvel at a world that existed over 370 years ago. This impressive reconstruction takes you back in time to a story of cultural contact, determination, drama, and survival. As you explore the historic site you’ll sense the challenges faced by those who founded and worked at this famous mission. Active demonstrations by historically-costumed staff provide insight into 17th century European and Native culture, lifestyle, and technology.
Throughout July and August, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is pleased to offer fun and informative demonstrations and “hands-on” activities that share aspects of life in the 17th century. These include listening to 17th century music, trying fire-starting techniques, making clay okis, learning about medicine, playing Native games, along with historic cooking, and more. Additional activities for children may feature quill pen writing and making corn husk figures.
Themed on-site Restaurant and Gift Shop available.
Support person accompanying a paying visitor with a disability are admitted FREE
Special events taking place at Sainte-Marie during 2016.
National Aboriginal Day – June 21, 2016
The Huron Wendat people are integral to the Sainte-Marie story, and the historic site continues to share aspects of Aboriginal culture today. Join us on National Aboriginal Day as we pay tribute to Canada’s First Nations with drumming, dancing, singing, special on-site activities, and displays. Read More
Canada Day – July 1, 2016
Celebrate Canada’s birthday with fun children’s activities and giveaways!
Lacrosse: Celebrate the Game – July 1 to 3, 2016
Experience and learn about Lacrosse and hear stories in Sainte-Marie’s longhouse on the game! Presented in partnership with the 1615 Champlain Commemorations Committee.
Sunset Tours at Sainte-Marie – Thursday evenings: 6:30pm to 8:00pm – July 14 to August 25
A guided tour of Sainte-Marie that highlights French and First Nations stories and the people who lived here from 1639 to 1649. Individuals such as Master Carpenter Charles Boivin and Blacksmith Louis Gaubert will be highlighted. The evening concludes in the Longhouse with a traditional First Nations story which is a memorable experience and not to be missed.
FEAST Sainte-Marie – Saturday August 6 – 11:00am to 8:00pm
A celebration of the French, Huron-Wendat and regional food that influence much of the historical and regional cuisine of today. From Huron-Wendat corn bread to roasting bannock and learning the legend of “Three Sisters Soup”, this event is a taste of our heritage that also includes significant Francophone culinary references. Includes craft brewing and cider experiences throughout the historic site as well as entertainment.
Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre POW WOW – Sainte-Marie Park – September 10-11, 2016
This annual traditional POW WOW, presented by the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre at Sainte-Marie Park, is open to the public. It features Native dancing, traditional crafts and foods. Read More
Franco-Ontarian Day – September 25, 2016
Celebrate French culture and heritage in Ontario with special displays and activities.
Thanksgiving Harvest Festival – October 8-9, 2016
Celebrate the colourful Fall Season with Sainte-Marie’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale on October 8-9. A family favourite, the event features pumpkin decorating, seasonal displays, and over 35 exceptional artisans. Read More
First Light – November 24-26, December 1-3 and 8-10, 2016
Experience Sainte-Marie’s spectacular “First Light” Event evenings November 24-26 and December 1-3 & 8-10 as we illuminate the famous historic site with over 5,000 candles. Recognized by Festivals and Events Ontario as one of Ontario’s “Top 100” Events, “First Light” creates a wonderful holiday ambience, featuring hands-on activities for children, seasonal and Francophone music, Aboriginal performances, and much more. New for 2016, First Light festivities will also be featured at Martyrs’ Shrine. Read More