First 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.
National Indigenous Peoples Day
(June 21, 2018)
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.
Canada Day (July 1, 2018)
Celebrate Canada's birthday with fun children's activities and giveaways!
Sainte-Marie by Candlelight
Walk in the footsteps of history and witness life at dusk on the 17th century mission. The arrival of supplies and workers by canoe and stories of perilous travels will bring to life the characters of Sainte-Marie, while lantern lit buildings and time spent in the longhouse will be a feast for the senses! Come experience the past like never before!, Sainte-Marie by Candlelight.
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.
Tour leaves the admissions area promptly at 6:30pm.
Thanksgiving 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.
Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre POW WOW
Stay tuned for 2018 event details
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.
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.