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“First Light is awesome!”

Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Midland
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Brilliant, illuminating.. a must visit year after year!! It is our go-to activity to start off our holiday season

Thank Christine E
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

The First Light event at Saint Marie, November 29 - December 1, was really special. The over 2,000 candles and blazing torches along the paths through the village created a wonderful environment for all the displays and presentations going on. Great evening!!

1  Thank Alan S
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Our family has enjoyed the magic of "First Light"for several years now and highly recommend that you plan to visit this marvelous event . The whole operation is fantastic - from the shuttle buses, the OPP, the volunteers and staff. Well done to you all !!

1  Thank Scott H
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

I attended my first "First Light" event at Sainte-Marie on Friday. We arrived around 7pm and the parking lot was already full, and there were police directing traffic to an alternate parking lot where shuttle buses were running smoothly to deliver people to the centre. There were candles in 'old fashioned' looking lanterns all along the drive leading up to the building, and the way they lit the entrance with these hundreds of candles was simply stunning. Each path inside Sainte-Marie had lanterns to lead you, and without much other light around, the candles lit the way between the buildings, and it really felt homey and 'back in time.' There were costumed people in each building, doing a variety of things one might find back in the days of olde, from offering cedar and mixed berry teas to ward off the cold, to deer and moose hide crafts, making Christmas cards, French Christmas Carols, blacksmithing demonstrations, drumming and singing, and cookies made by the local school children. The church had the most fantastic display and with all the candles, it was really lovely just everywhere. Inside the museum in the Interpretive Centre, there were also choirs and vendors with Christmas products gallore. Large birchbark canoes held many donations for the local Food Bank too. It was very well attended and I will definitely be attending next year. It was awesome!

2  Thank NatureNewt
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

November evening the 29th of 2012 was our second visit to this delightful immersion into 17th century Canada. There must be thousands of storm lamps lit with candles to light the visitors way. The staff and volunteers in period costume help to interpret the life of the time and this includes our most valuable living assets in our First Nation participants. The reconstruction of the fort and its long houses make us appreciate how hard this must have been, europeans couldnt dress right for the weather and learned from the Hurons. Our grandchildren were taken in with the activities which by the way all take place after dark and includes teas of time...cedar. mint, wildberry plus hot chocolate. The experience must never be overlooked if you are in the area!

1  Thank Bill C
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