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Sainte-Marie among the Hurons (Posted On: Sunday, April 28, 2013)

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Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is now open for the season and looking forward to welcoming visitors from around the world to one of Canada's National Historic Sites and Ontario's first European settlement.  Sainte-Marie offers a unique opportunity to explore the roots of Jesuit history in Huronia.  Originally founded by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), the famous 17th century mission also now shares a connection to the newly appointed Pope Francis, who is a member of that religious order.

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons offers a wide range of activities and experiences for visitors.  Available free of charge in the Spring and offered in 12 languages, guests can use Audio Tour Wands to hear the compelling story of the 17th century community, providing a personalized tour of the historic site.  In the summer, costumed Historical Interpreters provide fascinating daily presentations including 17th century fire starting, birch bark technology, historic cooking, clothing, and blacksmithing demonstrations, and Aboriginal storytelling in the atmospheric longhouses.

Special Events continue to be a huge draw for visitors and Sainte-Marie has a great line-up for 2013.  The site celebrates National Aboriginal Day on June 21, featuring special hands-on activities, Aboriginal music, drumming and dancing, and special programming for school groups.  The full event and activities continue for the public during the Aboriginal Festival June 22 and June 23, creating a dynamic celebration of Aboriginal culture.  Families can enjoy Canada Day July 1 with fun activities for kids and complimentary Canada Day cake.

Franco-Ontarian Day September 25 will showcase French culture through story-telling and special displays.  A family favourite, the popular Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show runs October 12 and 13,  with over 40 outstanding artisans and crafters.  Rated a "Top 100 Event" in Ontario for five years running, the spectacular First Light returns evenings November 28, 29, and 30, illuminating the site with over 5,000 candles and featuring Franco-Ontarian music, Aboriginal singing and drumming, a French Cafe, artisans and re-enactors, community choirs, and much more.
 
A key part of Spring operations is the hosting of thousands of school children for curriculum-related education programs which began April 8 and will continue to the end of June.  In early May, Sainte-Marie will also be busy providing its Summer Interpretive Staff with an intensive two-week training period as the historic site prepares for the full public season.  The multi-faceted training program includes historical information, tour guiding techniques, historical animation and demonstration skills, health and safety, customer service, and working with visitors with disabilities.

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is now open weekdays to May 17, seven days per week May 18 to October 13, and weekdays October 14 to November 1. For further information visit our website , or call 705 526-7838.
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is operated by Huronia Historical Parks, and is an Attraction of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
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