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“FIRST LIGHT IS MAGNIFICENT!”

Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
Ranked #1 of 17 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.
Victoria Harbour, Ontario, Canada
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“FIRST LIGHT IS MAGNIFICENT!”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

We went for the light celebration in 2011 and it was beautiful with all the paper lanterns guiding your way. Lots of activities for the children and beautiful live music throughout. I haven't been during their regular season but my children went with their grandparents and had fun :)

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Waterloo, Canada
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“Significant Work”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

The historical significance and the specific impact of the
early church people among the native peoples.

Visited June 2012
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Midland, Ontario
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5 reviews
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“First Light is awesome!”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

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

Visited November 2012
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Midland, Canada
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“First Light”
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!!

Visited December 2012
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Tiny, Canada
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4 reviews
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“a must see !!!”
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 !!

Visited December 2012
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