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New nighttime tour takes visitors back in time in Midland

A blacksmith demonstration is performed as part of a new limited time program at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland on Thurs. Feb. 2, 2023 (Steve Mansbridge/CTV News Barrie) A blacksmith demonstration is performed as part of a new limited time program at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland on Thurs. Feb. 2, 2023 (Steve Mansbridge/CTV News Barrie)
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There's a new opportunity to take a step back a few hundred years during rare winter walks in Midland.

Sainte-Marie Among the Huron has launched a limited-time program that brings guests back into the 17th century. The Discoveries after Dark walks give people a look into the Jesuit mission at night.

"In the winter, you need an excuse to get out and do something new and fun, so I think that's the root of it," says Mikaela Lefaive, the marketing and media relations coordinator for Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons.

On the tours, guests will participate in a blacksmithing demo, sample historic teas in the longhouse and hear some Indigenous legends while learning about the historic buildings on site.

"We get a lot of people who come to first light and enjoy the historic site in the wintertime but don't get a lot of history," says Lefaive. "So this was our way of offering people a window into the story of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in the winter."

The tours are running Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 until March 9. There are limited spots available.

For more information, click here.

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