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Rendez-Vous Voyageur Event Logo, September 20 and 21, 2019

September 20, 2019 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
September 21, 2019 - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Gil Maure Park, 1180 Front Road, LaSalle, ON

FREE Admission!

Rendez-Vous Voyageur Save the Date. Come experience our rich history and explore our culture. Enjoy it all along the historic shores of the Detroit River. This 2 day festival will feature authentic entertainment, re-enactments, interactive displays, voyageur encampments, ancient Lacrosse demonstrations, traditional cuisine, unique vendors and merchants, pyro musical fireworks. Join us as we step back in time to the 1600-1700's in the Town of LaSalle to commemorate the history of the local Natives and French Voyageurs.

Save the Date - French (Français)

About the Event

Four pictures of people dressed in the 1600-1700s

Visitors are invited to step back in time to the 17th and 18th century and life in the Town of LaSalle, the oldest continuous European settlement in Ontario, and experience encampment life along the shores of the Detroit River. 

New to the Town of LaSalle, Rendez-vous Voyageur will commemorate our Francophone heritage and culture, including French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, who helped to establish the early trading routes and settlement areas along the Detroit River. Visitors will enjoy an authentic early French settler encampment experience and learn more about the life and history of the Anishinaabe Natives and the Metis.  Visit our history page for more information on LaSalle, Local First Nations, French Explorer, and more!

Rendez-vous Voyageur is a two-day living history festival that will feature authentic re-enactments, interactive displays and a wide range of demonstrations! Come ready to explore a voyageur encampment, make a birchbark canoe, participate in an ancient lacrosse game, taste traditional cuisine, shop unique merchants and experience the French and Native cultures from 300+ years ago.

Friday, September 20 is our official education day focusing on students and seniors with activities taking place at Gil Maure Park from 10 am to 4 pm. Visitors will have the opportunity participate in a number of interactive activities including ancient lacrosse, drum circle, a Metis museum of artifacts over 300 years old, folk singing and jigging, pow wow demonstration, re-enactments entertainment, crafts, demonstrations and more.

Saturday, September 21 the festivities continue with a full day of activities, starting at 10 am to 9 pm. Join us for our official opening ceremonies featuring a pow-wow demonstration and smudging ceremony, even more food vendors, plus a pyro-musical fireworks finale on the river. 

Sponsors

Sponsorship is a great way to celebrate our corporate partners and cross-marketing, business development opportunities.  Take a look at our sponsorship package and for more sponsorship opportunity information, please contact the Recreation Coordinator.

Vendors

We are looking for unique vendors that reflect the 17th-18th century merchant to commemorate our French and Native culture and history and will provide visitors with an authentic and fun-filled day. Here are a few examples and suggestions:

  • Food: soups (corn, squash, bean), honey, maple syrup, sweet shop, crepes, poutine, smoked (turkey leg) and cured meats, cheeses, baked goods, fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers, dried fruits and nuts, crepes, poutine, beavertails, fish fry, corn on the cob.
  • Merchants: candles, handcrafted native and Canadian jewelry, pottery, hand-crafted items, wood, leather, artwork, wool and more.

Friday, September 20: (optional) 10 am to 4 pm – audience is students and seniors.
Saturday, September 21: (mandatory) 10 am to 10 pm – open to the general public .

Admission is free to the public, 10,000 visitors are expected.

Download the fillable food and merchant Vendor Application (PDF).

For more information, please contact Linda Andrejicka, Rendez-vous Voyageur Event Coordinator.

Thank you to our partners:

Conseil Scolaire Providence
Conseil Scholaire Viamonde
Office of Francophone Affairs
L’AFO and L’ACFO
Francophone Community Centre
Canadian Museum of History
Ontario Heritage Trust
Metis Nation of Ontario
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Southern First Nation Secretariat
Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island  
University of Windsor | Department of History
Walpole Island 3 Fires of Confederacy