FIRST LIGHT CELEBRATION
SAINTE MARIE AMONG THE HURONS
Join us for the day tour to Sainte Marie Among the Hurons for First Light Celebration event and Awenda Provincial Park hiking.
We will start our tour with short hike at Awenda Provincial Park. Depending on the weather we might be able to use snowshoes for the hiking.
Our next stop will be at Sainte Marie Among the Hurons.
Now in its 18th year, Sainte-Marie’s “First Light” is a must-see event with a great line-up of family activities and performers, all amidst the spectacular glow of over 5,000 candles.
The magic begins when you approach the candlelit historic site, as a beautiful amber glow illuminates the famous 17th-century mission. The cookhouse is filled with the sights and smells of delicious baked goods and cookie samples available for tasting. Historic blacksmithing will also be demonstrated, and a Nativity crèche will be on display in the stables near the Farmer’s Dwelling.
Music will fill the air, including Native drumming and singing, lively Franco-Ontarian folksongs, and delightful community and school choirs performing seasonal music.
Please note that arrival time back to Toronto can be changed depending on traffic situation, weather conditions etc. Please plan your day around this time of arrival.
What to take with you?
• Rain Jacket or umbrella
This is a 1-day trip.
Where to meet?
1 pm Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6H 4A9 (at Dufferin Mall in front of the beer store),
1.30 pm at York Mills subway station in front of Starbucks
Why travel with us?
- We travel in small groups by comfortable cars (12 seat van or minivan)
- You are our friend not just a client
- Local experience - we try to meet with local people on our trips (local guides, accommodation)
- you have freedom on our trips and you can always suggest what you want to see or where you want to eat
- Memories - we take lot of pictures on our trips and you can find them online anytime
About Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
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 ten 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.
Located near Midland in the beautiful Southern Georgian Bay area, this world-renowned reconstruction illustrates the interaction of the French and Wendat nations.
PRICE $89pp plus tax
Return transport from Toronto by 12 seat van or minivan
Guided hiking at Awenda Provincial Park
Entrance fee to Sainte-Marie’s “First Light” Celebration