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Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons

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Address: 16164 Highway #12, Midland, Ontario L4R 4K8, Canada
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Ontario's first European Community, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons was the...

Ontario's first European Community, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons was the headquarters for the French Jesuit Mission to the Huron Wendat people. In 1639, the Jesuits, along with French lay workers, began construction of a fenced community that included barracks, a church, workshops, residences, and a sheltered area for Native visitors.

By 1648, Sainte-Marie was a wilderness home to 66 French men, representing one-fifth of the entire population of New France. Sainte-Marie's brief history ended in 1649, when members of the mission community were forced to abandon and burn their home of nearly 10 years.

After extensive archaeological and historical research, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is now recreated on its original site, where the mission's compelling story is brought to life.

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This attraction has many seasonal events like the Christmas First Light and Aboriginal Day. There is Native story telling and drumming, crafts and a historical presentation of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Wyebridge, Canada
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Wyebridge, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This attraction has many seasonal events like the Christmas First Light and Aboriginal Day. There is Native story telling and drumming, crafts and a historical presentation of the first contact between White settlers and Native peoples. A great place to bring the kids.

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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Over 12,000 lanterns light your way along the paths of this historic settlement. Christmas carols, crafts and stories for the kids, musket and cannon fire, hot chocolate, and beaver tails! What more could you ask for! Highly recommended.

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Oshawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bonus...they accommodate guests who do not speak English by providing translation through headphones/headsets.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Amazing! Educational, fun and beautiful candle lit ambiance. This event only runs for 3 weekends late Nov. early Dec. so watch for it next year.

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Bracebridge, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Beautiful evening , candle lit paths, historical interpreters, craft activities for kids , musicians / choirs.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

We have been twice now to First Light and each time it is wonderful. The 5000 candles, the music and the people make it for a wonderful pre-Christmas tradition

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Visited on December 3, 2016 for First Light. Unless you arrive early for this event parking could be a challenge. Many of the locals come in by town bus or shuttle buses from different locations. I arrived an hour early at 4.30 and was glad I did. By 4.45 people started to arrive in droves and the line up for... More 

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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful and pretty great night. Busy but so worth It! Great friends and memories made. Nice knitted Items and crafts. Beautiful singers and instruments

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Dundas, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We came to the First Light festival for our first time visit to Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons. I loved it! So many lanterns and bonfires lighting the pathways, sparkling in the darkness. And in the buildings, musicians were playing all types of music, from drumming, to harps, to guitars and more. There were also people explaining the history of the... More 

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Coldwater, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Three Sisters soup alone is worth the trip. The buffett style was very handy for various guests tastes

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