A lantern in the snow

Sweetwater Harvest Festival

with the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre

Join the Friends of Wye Marsh and Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons for an awesome maple syrup experience this spring. The Sweetwater Harvest Festival is the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre’s biggest fundraiser of the year – and ONE ticket gets you access to TWO fantastic sites this March 18, 19, 25 or 26.

PLEASE NOTE: All tickets must be purchased in advance through the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre website. There will be no ticket sales at the gate.

Join us March 18,19, 25 or 26!

Start your Sweetwater Harvest experience at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons where you can:

  • Swing by the Sweetwater Harvest Arts & Crafts Market
  • See how the local Indigenous People, the Huron-Wendat, traditionally welcomed spring
  • Take part in awesome educational activities
  • Check out live historical demonstrations
  • Explore Sainte-Marie’s award-winning indoor museum
  • Chat with local artists and artisans about their unique creative offerings

Then visit the birthplace of Sweetwater, the Wye Marsh! Fall in love with our natural heritage and:

  • Wander through the Sugar Bush
  • Visit the Sugar Shack to see how sap is turned into liquid gold
  • Enjoy yummy maple taffy cooled on ice
  • Warm up by an open fire
  • Roast some Bannock on a stick
  • Play pioneer games
  • Visit the Birds of Prey Field and say hello to the owls, hawks, and Ravens
  • Explore forested trails or head out on the boardwalk to see the marsh stir to life after a long winter’s nap
  • Stop by the Woodcarvers booth to make and take home a free craft
  • Purchase your supply of local maple syrup and honey

Dates & Times:

Activities at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons will take place at the same time as those at the Wye Marsh

Dates: March 18-19 and March 25-26

Times: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last timeslot is 2:30 to 3 p.m.) – advance tickets required

Tickets Details:

  • Tickets must be purchased in advance through the Wye Marsh! Keep checking the Wye Marsh website for updates.
  • There will be no ticket sales at the gate.
  • Refunds and exchanges will not be issued.
  • Tickets are transferrable between guests.
  • For the best experience, please print and bring your emailed ticket to the event; cell phone coverage is spotty in the Wye Marsh Visitor Centre.
  • Please read the information found under “Plan Your Visit” below for more details including what to expect.

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Thanks to our sponsors!

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.

  • Admission to Sainte-Marie among the Hurons on March 18-19 and March 25-26 is included in your Sweetwater Harvest Festival ticket, purchased in advance through the Wye Marsh.
  • Sainte-Marie is a mask-friendly environment.
  • Taking photos is encouraged.
  • Smoking or vaping (including marijuana) is not permitted on Sainte-Marie property.
  • Restaurant Sainte-Marie will host the Wye Marsh pancake fundraiser! If you want to enjoy pancakes with real maple syrup, be sure to buy them in advance through the Wye Marsh. You’ll be asked to present your admission ticket QR code at the main entrance, and to show your pancake ticket QR code at the doors of Restaurant Sainte-Marie. Our retail store will also have light snacks for sale.
  • Most Sweetwater Harvest Festival activities will take place outside so we encourage visitors 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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