Special Events

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons presents eight special events for the 2016 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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HHP_HarvestFestivalLogo2016Thanksgiving Harvest Festival

(October 8-9, 2016)

Celebrate the colourful Fall Season with Sainte-Marie’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale on October 8-9. A family favourite, the event features pumpkin decorating, seasonal displays, and over 35 exceptional artisans.
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HHP_FirstLightLogo2016First Light (November 24-26, December 1-3 and 8-10,  2016)

Experience Sainte-Marie’s spectacular “First Light” Event evenings November 24-26 and December 1-3 & 8-10 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 Aboriginal Day
(June 21, 2016)


The Huron Wendat people are integral to the Sainte-Marie story, and the historic site continues to share aspects of Aboriginal culture today.  Join us on National Aboriginal Day June 21 as we pay tribute to Canada’s First Nations with drumming, dancing, singing, special on-site activities, and displays.
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Canada Day (July 1, 2016)

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



Bagattaway Lacrosse Festival - July 1 & 2, 2016

Experience the traditions and skills of Canada’s national summer sport!








 Dhane Smith - Buffalo Bandits
 Rob Hellyer - Toronto Rock
 Steve Fryer - Toronto Rock

 Stephan Leblanc - Toronto Rock
 Brad Kri - Toronto Rock
 Steve Fryer - Toronto Rock

11:30am Lecture – Theatre B - Ron Fletcher, “Lacrosse and Brebeuf”
12:30pm Lecture – Theatre B -  Jim Calder, “Lacrosse – From Medicine Game to Modern Sport”
  1:00pm Storytelling - #25 Longhouse
  1:30pm Lecture – Theatre B - Ron Fletcher, “Historical Lacrosse Moments in Time”  
2:30pm Lecture – Theatre B - Jim Calder, “125 Years of Women’s Lacrosse”
3:30pm Storytelling- #25 Longhouse
Alf Jacques - Traditional stick making  (#26 Shelter by wigwam)
Test your speed throwing a lacrosse ball



HHP_SainteMariebyCandlelightLogoSainte-Marie by Candlelight  

Thursday evenings: 6:30pm to 8:00pm

July 14 to August 25

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 Sainte-Marie

Saturday August 6 – 10:00am to 5:00pm

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.

Featuring Thornbury Village Craft Cider and Craft Beer
Food by Restaurant Sainte-Marie and Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre
Live music throughout the day featuring: Randy Brethour and the Hoo Doo, Vinner and the Hopsmen, Russ Clayton and Doug Feaver   
Product sampling for kids sponsored by Pepsi.


Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre POW WOW
(Sainte-Marie Park, September 10-11, 2016)

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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