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Ontario Supports Rendez-Vous Champlain Festival in Penetanguishene

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Ontario Supports Rendez-Vous Champlain Festival in Penetanguishene

Province Invests $246, 000 in Three-Day Celebration

Office of Francophone Affairs

Ontario is investing $246,000 in the Rendez-Vous Champlain Festival - a celebration of the arrival of Samuel de Champlain on the shores of Georgian Bay in 1615. 

As part of the commemoration of 400 years of French presence in Ontario, the province is supporting the three-day festival of dance, music, historical re-enactments and cultural celebrations from July 31 to August 2, 2015 at the newly inaugurated Rotary Champlain Wendat Park in the Town of Penetanguishene.

The Rendez-Vous Champlain Festival will feature well-known Franco-Ontarian artist Damien Robitaille and fellow French-Canadian musicians Andee and Roch Voisine, as well as the Sandokwa dance troupe from the Huron-Wendat First Nation, and workshops presented by members of the Métis Nation of Ontario Summer Youth Cultural Program.  

Investing in local communities is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. This four-part plan is investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • Sainte-Marie-among-the-Hurons, founded in 1639, was the first French-European settlement in North America, thanks to the guidance and generosity of First Nations.
  • The Huron-Wendat First Nation inhabited the area between Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay long before Europeans, building thriving commercial and agricultural communities.
  • Nearly 612,000 Francophones call Ontario home. This is the largest French-speaking community in Canada outside of the province of Quebec.
  • Tourism generates more than $28 billion in economic activity for Ontario and creates more than 359,000 direct and indirect jobs in the province.

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“Rendez-Vous Champlain 2015 provides an exceptional opportunity to reflect on the shared history of the Huron-Wendat First Nation and French presence in Ontario. These commemorative activities will encourage us to remember our shared past and celebrate the promise of our future.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs



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