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Summer Solstice north of Toronto celebrates National Aboriginal Day

Ontario residents wanting the most sunlight on the summer solstice on Saturday June 21 should travel north to start the longest day of the year at sunrise. Head to Midland Ontario for a two day Aboriginal Day celebration on June 21-22

National Aboriginal Day Celebrations
Huronia Historical Parks

Weekend Aboriginal Festival in Midland

National Aboriginal Day will be celebrated at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland. The exciting two day event will celebrate the cultures and contributions to Canada of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Aboriginal Day coincides with the summer solstice as a sacred day in Canada's First Nation culture.

Drumming, singing and dancing

The popular Neil Monague Hand Drumming Group will be featured in Sainte-Marie’s famous longhouse, and the riveting Aztec Drumming Group will wow crowds with their energetic and engaging presentations. Also performing over the summer solstice weekend are The Haudenosaunee Dancers, an Iroquois drum and dance group that uses water drums and cow horns to provide lively dance that thanks the Creator and reinforce community relationships. Aboriginal performer John Samosi returns with his interactive hand-drumming for visitors of all ages.

Road Trip to Midland

Head north from Toronto to experience a lakeside sunrise on the summer solstice. An early stop along the way will give you a look at a Lake Simcoe sunrise. Then take Highway 400 to Highway 93 north of Barrie. Follow the road signs to Midland.