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First Light 2020

After visiting 17th century Ontario, you'll see that such a life could be quite fun even without electricity and light bulbs

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First Light celebrates everything native to Ontario, featuring such traditional craft demonstrations as corn husk doll making and blacksmithing, and also traditional entertainment including Franco-Ontarian folksinging, native drum music, and of course delicious cooking with tasty samples. The 17th century mission of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons serves as the setting for the celebration.

Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, the anhistorical reconstruction of Ontario's first European settlement  2020
Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, the anhistorical reconstruction of Ontario's first European settlement
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The entire site is lit with 5,000 candles set along the paths which create a truly fascinating atmosphere, as the main festivities take place after sunset between 5:30 and 9 p.m. The festival takes place over three weekends from late November to mid-December. Keep in mind that it's about two hours away from Toronto.

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