Decorative gourds, cedar and landers sit on a barrel surrounded by fall foliage

Hometown Harvest Festival

Celebrate the abundance of the fall season at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons! Experience the beauty of the harvest with take-home crafts and family-friendly activities. Meet our friendly heritage animals. Support talented artisans at our vendor market, featuring only hand-made items. And more!

Dates and times:

  • Saturday, October 12 to Monday, October 14
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


  • $15 a person, taxes included – children five and under are free
  • No registration required
  • Free entry for Indigenous persons with valid ID
  • A support person accompanying a paying customer with disabilities gets in for free
  • Free entry to members of the Canadian Armed Forces with valid ID
  • Season passes are valid for this event

Activities taking place during this event

  • Explore our extensive artisan market with more than 30 talented local vendors
  • Roast bannock on an open fire
  • Hands-on crafts for kids
  • Try candle making
  • Meet our friendly heritage animals
  • Discover Sainte-Marie, decorated for fall

Apply as an artisan

Join a roster of talented vendors selling one-of-a-kind products at this well-established artisan market. Apply for your spot today!

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Hometown Harvest Fall Contests!

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is happy to announce that we are hosting Hometown Harvest themed contests this year! Start preparing your contest submissions now to earn cool prizes for your whole family.

Vegetable Growing Contests for kids JK to grade 3

What can you grow in your garden this season?

Most Unusual Vegetable

We’re looking for some funky looking veggies

Largest Sunflower Head

Bring us the BIGGEST sunflower head you can grow

Smallest Squash

We want to find the SMALLEST squash in Simcoe

Vegetable Growing Contests for kids grades 4 to 6

Put your growing skills to the test for a chance to win tickets to fun fall events!

Most Unusual Vegetable

Find the strangest looking veggies your garden can produce

Best Looking Squash

Show us your most magnificent squash

Longest Ear of Corn

Bring us the LONGEST ear of corn you can find

Harvest Art Contests

Show off your art skills with our new Hometown Harvest art contests. Take out your supplies and get creative!

Paper plate pumpkin

Kids from Junior kindergarten to grade 3 may participate in this competition. Use those painting skills and paper plate to create a fun pumpkin carving craft!

Canoe or Wigwam made
from seeds

Contest open to kids from grades 4 to 6. Using any seeds of your choice, craft a canoe or wigwam using glue and an 8.5 X11 sheet of paper. Get creative!

Kids contest prizes

A family sitting at a picnic table and drinking hot chocolates outside the giant haunted house bouncy castle at Pumpkinferno

Category prizes

The winner of each category will receive 4 tickets to Pumpkinferno at Discovery Harbour AND 4 tickets to First Light at Sainte-Marie! A total value of $120.

Overall prize

The judging panel will also select 1 overall winner to receive 4 season passes, offering unlimited admission to both attractions including most events.

Submission guidelines

All entries must be dropped off at Sainte-Marie by 5 p.m. on October 10, 2024.

Submissions will be judged by our agricultural specialist and our friendly staff panel. All participants will be able to collect their contest submissions as of October 14, 2024.

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Please be advised that with the exception of service animals, pets are not allowed on the historic site for this event.

  • Season pass holders get free admission. Indigenous people are eligible for free admission with valid ID.
  • Restaurant Sainte-Marie is now open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. serving delicious food from Sainte-Marie’s gorgeous patio.
  • Please note this tour takes place mostly outdoors and, visitors should plan to dress accordingly for weather, terrain and bugs.
  • Most of the vendors will not have the ability to accept credit or debit card payments and will only accept cash payments. There is no ATM on site.
  • Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is a mask-friendly environment. Read our COVID-19 policy.
  • Smoking or vaping (including marijuana) is not permitted on the property.

16164 Highway 12 East, Midland, ON, L4R 4K8

Parking Info

There is ample parking for visitors including those with RVs and buses. Please park in the parking lot provided and make your way to the admissions entrance. We also have bike racks available for cyclists coming from the Tay Trail.

Need more info?

Please contact us at or (705) 526-7838 if you have any questions.

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 Indigenous visitors. This community was abandoned and burned down in 1649.

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 with costumed historical interpreters, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Located near Midland, on the Wye River, this world-renowned reconstruction offers visitors a unique opportunity to see the earliest Canadian pioneer life through self-guided visits, group tours, interactive education programs, and special events. Complete your experience by exploring our interpretive museum and themed gift shop.

Cinq interprètes historiques autochtones, en costume de Huron-Wendat, a éplucher du blé d'inde

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