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Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

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Address: 16164 Highway #12, Midland, Ontario L4R 4K8, Canada
Phone Number: +1 705-526-7838
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Description: Ontario's first European Community, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons was the...
Ontario's first European Community, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons was the headquarters for the French Jesuit Mission to the Huron Wendat people. In 1639, the Jesuits, along with French lay workers, began construction of a fenced community that included barracks, a church, workshops, residences, and a sheltered area for Native visitors. By 1648, Sainte-Marie was a wilderness home to 66 French men, representing one-fifth of the entire population of New France. Sainte-Marie's brief history ended in 1649, when members of the mission community were forced to abandon and burn their home of nearly 10 years. After extensive archaeological and historical research, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is now recreated on its original site, where the mission's compelling story is brought to life.
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Great place for kids

Wonderful, committed, enthusiastic staff who clearly love the village. They were all great with my 4 year old and could answer many questions. We thought we'd spend a couple of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Durham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This has been well put together, but is not the standard I would have expected. Most of the "staff" appeared to be high school kids working a summer job who were disinterested and paniced if asked a question as they clearly had poor training and support for their roles. There were some exceptions to this (the blacksmith was excellent). The... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Wonderful, committed, enthusiastic staff who clearly love the village. They were all great with my 4 year old and could answer many questions. We thought we'd spend a couple of hours and spent the whole day.

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North York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

wow !! I was impressed how much detailed and beautiful and so much to learn, now I understand why it is a place to see !!!! 12$ for adult is very minimal considering the tour!!! I will go back when other family and friends come for a visit from QC. Go Go !!!!

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Paris, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We spent a great morning here, despite a bit of rain. The museum is well run and the staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. It was a great way to enjoy a little bit of history and quality family time.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Fantastic Outdoor/Indoor museum experience, run by friendly and knowledgeable staff in period costume. Lots of great short activities which they kindly remind you about so you don't miss anything; make a doll out of corn husk, listen to some period music, play some lacrosse, hear legends around the fire in the longhouse etc etc. Investigate the Discovery Tour ticket package.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We were camping at Awenda and visited here as a day trip. It was a very engaging museum with a variety of interactive displays that the kids really enjoyed. The in costume staff acting out life from the time period were very good, engaging, and knowledgable. They also had a decent picnic area set up in the parking lot where... More 

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Very awesome afternoon with the kids. The presenters were well informed and showed a definite interest in the information.

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Tottenham, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

well worth the visit,,,should you LOVE history, this is a must. We did not think we could spend a whole day there yet when visited.....i actually was not enough time to experience all that was offered...........

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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Sainte-Marie was established in 1639 by Jesuits from France in what was once the land of the Wendat. Initially founded by 18 men near what is now present-day Midland, the fortified settlement served as a base of operations for missionaries and provided an example of a functioning European community to the Huron. Infectious disease, conflict with traditional Wendat, and the... More 

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Liked it all, very interesting and nice guides. They also have presentation at various locations on the grounds.

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