Friday, September 20 to Saturday, September 21
Step back in time to the 17th century with French Voyageur Jay Bailey, re-enactor Doug Robinson and Walpole Island representatives who will take you on a historical journey to the oldest European settlement in Ontario. Maritime historian Cris Kohl and author of The Wreck of the Griffon, the first ship to sail the upper Great Lakes, will tell the story of how the entire crew and valuable cargo disappeared; nearly ruining the explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle.
Rendez-vous Voyageur is a two-day living history festival that will explore the 1600-1700’s to commemorate our local history including First Nations, métis and French cultures. Witness the 18th century history, culture and way of life featuring historic clothing, trade goods and furs.
Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday 10am – 9pm
Activities & Entertainment
There will be entertainment including Red Raven Flutes, Franco-Ontarian, singer, songwriter, Michel Payment, and Metis Strings and Jiggers, storytelling, a smudging ceremony plus Native and French cuisine. Activities include drumming, jigging and live music, re-enactments, interactive displays, activities for kids, voyageur encampments, ancient lacrosse demonstrations, traditional cuisine, unique vendors, merchants, a pyro-musical fireworks show and more!
Take part in a hands-on demonstration of Lacrosse the Ancient Game which features a re-enacted game featuring Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi nations using Great Lake Sticks, an overview of the history and culture of lacrosse and the chance to learn to play lacrosse clinics using modern sticks and soft balls with Windsor Warlocks and the Windsor Minor Lacrosse.
Survival in the Bush
Visit this 17th century courier de bois encampment featuring fire-starting demonstrations with flint and steel, cordage making, furrier display, dreamcatcher storytelling, and more. Visitors are invited to participate in a leather pouch making session for $5 each.
Re-enactors & Voyageurs -History and Culture Come Alive!
Re-enactors and Voyageurs are travelling from across Canada and the United States to participate in Rendez-vous Voyageur. They will take you on a journey to the 1700s where they worked to develop trade relations with the local First Nations inhabitants. Travel back in time and learn what it took to survive as a French explorer, the life skills needed and how they valued and respected of the resources in this land.
Venue: Gil Maure Park
1180 Front Road
LaSalle, ON N9J 2A5 Canada