A group of guests gathered in the longhouse in the evening

Shadows & Stone: Evening Experience

Explore historic Sainte-Marie… at night

What does a 17th century Jesuit mission look like at night? Find out! Join a small group of intrepid visitors on a guided evening tour of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons. Grab your lantern and discover the shadows of the past during this immersive and intimate experience. Then cozy up in the longhouse over historic teas and listen to Indigenous stories.

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History by candlelight

Watch the sparks fly in the blacksmith shop. Roast bannock on a stick. Explore darkened historical buildings. Hear the creatures of the Wye River stir to life. Sip tea by the crackling fire in the longhouse, listen to stories, and imagine what Wendake would have been like in the 1600s at night.

Get ready to experience Sainte-Marie in a whole new way. This small-group tour experience is 1.5-2 hours and will proceed even if it rains, so please dress appropriately.

Dates and times

  • Dates: Thursday evenings from June 27 to August 29
  • Times:
    • 8 p.m. (English)
    • 8:30 p.m. (English)
    • 9 p.m. (French) NOTE: Should there be no French reservations as of Wednesday at noon, the 9 p.m. experience will take place in English

Tickets details

  • Maximum of 25 participants per start time
  • Advanced ticket purchase is recommended, to avoid disappointment
  • This event is not recommended for children under 10 years old
  • Sainte-Marie/Discovery Harbour season passes aren’t valid for this small-group event
  • Sainte-Marie’s complimentary admission programs for Indigenous peoples, Ontario Teachers, and members of the Canadian Armed Forces do not apply to this event
  • Please read the information found under “Plan Your Visit” below for more details about what to expect when attending Shadows & Stone: Evening Experience

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While we love our furry friends, we are not able to accommodate pets at this special event (service dogs are welcomed of course). Thank you for your understanding.

  • This small-group experience includes a maximum of 25 participants. We highly recommend you pre-purchase your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • All ticket sales are final.
  • The gift shop and museum will be open before and after your visit.
  • This tour is not recommended for children under 10 years old.
  • This experience is between 1.5 and 2 hours long.
  • If you face challenges with your lungs, or you have allergies to smoke, this tour may not be suitable for you as the longhouse can get a bit smoky.
  • Participants may wish to wear a mask for some/all of the tour. Some part of the tour are held inside historic buildings which have small footprints.
  • Lanterns will be provided; however, flashlights are permitted.
  • Taking photos is encouraged.
  • Smoking or vaping (including marijuana) is not permitted on Sainte-Marie property.
  • Please note this tour takes place mostly outdoors and, visitors should plan to dress according to weather conditions.

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 hhp@ontario.ca 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.

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