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 on September 9 & 10.  This section provides a detailed description of Sainte-Marie's special events for this year.



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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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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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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.
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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.  



Canada Day (July 1, 2018)

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


HHP_SainteMariebyCandlelightLogo  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.


HHP_FeastLogo2016FEAST: Culinary and Craft Beer Festival

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
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.
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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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