Special Events

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons presents a fantastic lineup of special events for the 2017 season, in partnership with the Ontario 150th celebrations. The Bagattaway Lacrosse festival, presented by the Toronto Rock, 'Feast' A culinary festival and the annual First Light event are just a few of the special events Sainte-Marie among the Hurons will present this season.  In addition, the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre will present its annual POW WOW held at Sainte-Marie Park in September.  This section provides a detailed description of Sainte-Marie's special events for this year.



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National Aboriginal Day
(June 21, 2017)


The Huron Wendat people are integral to the Sainte-Marie story, and the historic site continues to share aspects of Indigenous culture today.  Join us on National Aboriginal Day June 21 as we pay tribute to Canada’s Indigenous people with drumming, dancing, singing, special on-site activities, and displays.
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Baggataway Lacrosse Festival - 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 Baggataway 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 Indigeneous game and try your hand at skills competitions, interactive Lacrosse displays and meet and greet with Toronto Rock players.  


Baggataway Weekend Highlights

Toronto Rock Lacrosse Club Meet and Greet with players, mascot & Cheerleaders Throughout Day

Toronto Rock Interactive Display - Throughout Day

Buy Your Toronto Rock Season tickets onsite throughout weekend

Jim Calder - Lacrosse specialist seminars onsite 

Alf Jacques - World renowned wooden Lacrosse stick maker - onsite demos all day

Speed net and skills competitions - onsite all day

Iroquous Lacrosse Program  - Ongoing times throughout day

Waterway Demonstration

Fire Starting Demonstrations 


Adults -$12.00

Seniors (65+) - $10.00

Students (13+) - $10.50

Youth (6-12) - $9.25

Children 5 years and under - FREE

Support person accompanying a paying visitor with a disability: FREE

(Applicable taxes are not included; please note that Rates are subject to change)

Please inquire about our family and group rates


Canada Day (July 1, 2017)

Celebrate Canada's birthday with fun children's activities and giveaways!


HHP_SainteMariebyCandlelightLogo  Sainte-Marie by Candlelight  

Thursday evenings: 6:30pm to 8:00pm July 6 to August 31, 2017

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.

Please, no pets are allowed.  Recommended for ages 10 and up.

- Please note that this event is primarily outdoors with visitors walking throughout the historic site.  
- The tour cost is $10.00 per person plus HST.
- The tour goes rain or shine.
- Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time of the tour.



HHP_FeastLogo2016FEAST: Culinary and Craft Beer Festival

Saturday July 29, 2017 – 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.

HHP_HarvestFestivalLogo2016Thanksgiving Harvest Festival

(October 7-8, 2017)

Celebrate the colourful Fall Season with Sainte-Marie’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale on October 7-8. A family favourite, the event features pumpkin decorating, seasonal displays, and over 35 exceptional artisans.
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Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre POW WOW
(Sainte-Marie Park, September 9-10, 2017)

This annual 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, and much more.
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HHP_FirstLightLogo2016First Light (November 23-25, November 30-December 2 and December 7-9,  2017)

Experience Sainte-Marie’s spectacular “First Light” Event evenings November 23-25 and November 30 to December 2 & December 7-9, 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 lots of hands-on activities for children, seasonal and folk music, Aboriginal performances, and much more.
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Exhibits and Museum

A great way to conclude your visit to Sainte-Marie, the interpretative Sainte-Marie Museum puts the Sainte-Marie story in a global context, with interactive displays and themed galleries. Special exhibits may also be featured throughout the year. 
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