Getaway and Explore a 17th century historic site.
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 2017.
National Aboriginal Day – June 21, 2017
In recognition of National Aboriginal Day, Sainte-Marie will offer Indigenous singing, drumming and dancing. Indigenous displays and demonstrations include kid’s heritage crafts, waterway and lacrosse demonstrations, Indigenous crafters, and more.
Canada Day – July 1, 2017
Celebrate Canada’s birthday with fun children’s activities and giveaways!
Lacrosse: Celebrate the Game – June 24 – 25, 2017
Experience the traditions and skills of Canada’s national summer sport! Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and the Toronto Rock present the Bagattaway Lacrosse Festival June 24 and June 25, 2017 as part of the Ontario 150th Celebrations. The site will come alive with Canada’s Historic Game during the two day event. Visit the site of one of the first recorded accounts of the Indigenous game and try your hand at skills competitions, interactive Lacrosse displays and meet and greet with Toronto Rock players. Stay tuned for more information.
Franco-Ontarian Day – September 25, 2017
Celebrate French culture and heritage in Ontario with special displays and activities.
Thanksgiving Harvest Festival – October 7 – 8, 2017
Sainte-Marie’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale is a fun family event, with lots of on-site activities and outstanding artisans and crafters.
First Light – November 23 – 25, November 30 – December 2, December 7 – 9, 2017
Experience Sainte-Marie’s spectacular “First Light” Event evenings 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.