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Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, Midland

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Have always enjoyed this place since being a kid, and still go there annually during Thanksgiving and attempt to always attend their First Light Celebration - an incredible experience. Hands on learni...  read more »
  • Our extended family made a visit to this historic site commemorating the encounter between the Indigenous peoples (Wendake or Huron) and French missionaries (Jesuit) in the 17th century. It is a place...  read more »
  • we went back again with after 2 years, we still love it, even though it was a last day, my kids enjoys it, it was a little chili, but they enjoy the free audio tour guide. the best time to go is in su...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Attended a friends wedding here. Beautiful little spot for dinner and a party.
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