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First Light 2023

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

Dates: November 16–December 1, 2023 (selected dates)

First Light
First Light
Hand drumming with the Ojibwe John Somosi (Sky Buffalo) in the Christian Longhouse
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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. Additionally, over than 40 artisan, craft, and food vendors are set up at the Brébeuf Event Centre and the indoor museum for the public to enjoy.

The 17th-century mission of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons serves as the beautiful setting for the celebration. 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 pm. 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.

General admission is $15 per person. Children under 5, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people with valid ID get in for free. Limited parking is available at the site. Additional parking is available at the Midland Walmart, with free shuttles running operating from 5:30 to 9:30 pm.

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin