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Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, Midland
(4.7/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
Take a step back in Canada's history at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, site of Ontario's first European community and headquarters for the French Jesuit Mission to the Huron Wendat people. Established in 1639, settlers built a fenced town of barracks, workshops, residences, and a church. In 1649, in response to repeated attacks from the rival Iriquois nation, the residents burned their homes and fled. Today, the recreated community brings the mission's fascinating story to life as a historical site and living museum. Take a guided or self-guided tour to experience and learn about this era. Arrange to visit Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and other attractions in Midland using our Midland trip itinerary builder.
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  • This museum allows you to immerse yourself in the history of the place and to better understand the relationship between the church missionaries and their first nations neighbours. You can get a real ...  more »
  • The First Light at Sainte-Marie is an absolute must. The atmosphere is fantastic, the people there so knowledgeable. It is truly magical. bring your kids or grandkids. It is on end of November and fir...  more »
  • The first part inside is interesting, but the outer part is missing a lot of animation.
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  • The site is a wonderful mix of traditional museum, scholarly research, archeological dig, and an opportunity to walk back in history to a realistic reconstruction of the community in the 1640s. In addition, the restaurant is very good. Two thumbs up!
  • A wonderful reconstruction of the original Jesuit enclave that was established to convert the Huron to Christianity. There are many buildings, including 2 Huron long houses. I'm not religious, but still enjoyed the reconstruction, and the museum.
  • Very well put together large settlement replication. Since this was built in the 1960s as a recreation of the original, nothing is off limits kids can explore and learn about the settlement without barriers.
  • We attended First Lights this weekend after some rave reviews from friends and neighbours. I must say it was very interesting for our first visit, but maybe not all it was cracked up to be. All of the talents there were great, the food served at the outdoor cafe was excellent! We had the tortiere! I think the main drawback was the sheer number of people in attendance and the fact that it made it extremely difficult to move from building to building. If I have any advice, go early! We were lucky and got there 15 minutes before it opened, snagging the last of 10 parking spots right on site. As the evening progressed, the lineups grew exponentially, not to mention the shuttle waits at the local Walmart were over an hour long according to my Brother-in-Law.
  • Good historical site. Worth visiting. Just don't go on a super hot day. If you do, bring lots of water with you.