For immediate release, March 16, 2016


The annual First Light event at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons has once again been selected as one of the province’s Top 100 events by Festivals and Events Ontario.  Recipients within this elite category represent festivals and events that excel within the industry.

Now in its 16th year, First Light attracted a total of 11,371 visitors in 2015.  This impressive number signifies a 51% increase over visitation from the previous year.

“First Light is an exceptional community event with significant economic impact throughout Simcoe County.  The event continues to grow thanks to the support of our business partners including the Township of Tay, Newmarket-Tay Hydro, Tourism Simcoe County and RTO 7”, noted Will Baird, General Manager of Huronia Historical Parks.

The allure of First Light centers around thousands of enchanting lanterns illuminating the historic site which comes alive with authentic 17th century French and First Nations demonstrations, a cookhouse filled with delicious aromas and a unique array of family-friendly activities.

First Light was expanded from one to two weekends in 2015.  As a result of the incredible response from visitors and the community, the event will see a further expansion this year to three consecutive weekends, occurring Thursday to Saturday, commencing November 24th, and include festivities at Martyrs’ Shrine.  

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